REMINDER: Most of these terms are slang and SHOULD ONLY be used in an informal interaction.
- Protec, attac… (phrase)
Meaning: the intentionally misspelled version of ‘he protects, but he also attacks,’ accompanied with the third phrase that rhymes with both words.
He protec, he attac, but most importantly, he wants some snac.
- Pumped (adjective)
“I’m so pumped to get 1,000 subscribers.”
- Reality check (phrase)
Meaning: a phrase to use to bring someone back to reality.
“Yes, some of us do make less than Rp 20,000 a day that we can’t barely afford decent clothes and housing. I bet it’s a reality check for you.”
- Receipt (noun)
Meaning: a proof of a scandal, a claim, or an accusation.
“Do you want me to dig up some receipts? I’m sure there’ll be plenty on the internet.”
- Relatable (adjective)
Meaning: a state of something that we can relate to, something we can understand, or something that can make us say, “It’s so me.”
“This quote is so relatable.”
- Rn (adverb)
Meaning: short of ‘right now.’
“This song is so beautiful. I’m dying rn.”
- Sadboi/sadgirl (noun)
Meaning: someone who is being very open about their emotions that are usually related to a complicated love life.
“He’s just being a sadboi right now, always emotional.”
- Sassy (adjective)
Meaning: of someone, usually a woman or a girl or those identify as such, to be unapologetically bold.
“Sassy remarks are to be expected from her. Be prepared.”
- Screen-capture (verb, noun)
Meaning: to capture a screen where a piece of important information is shown.
“I have screen-captured this conversation. Just in case.”
- Serving (verb)
Meaning: providing a good look, good internet posts/contents, or good artistic material.
“He’s been serving us a lot of behind-the-scene from his latest movie.”
- Shaking/quaking (verb)
Meaning: someone or something is possibly intimidated by someone’s hidden ability or talent.
A: “Your acting skill is top notch. Hollywood is shaking.”
B: “You’re being sarcastic.”
- Shameless plug (noun)
Meaning: an improperly placed promotion or advertisement.
“His promoting his YouTube channel on a natural-disaster-related Instagram post feels like a shameless plug to me.”
- Share one braincell (phrase)
Meaning: two or more people doing something silly or ridiculous together.
“My classmates and I shared one braincell during the exam. We literally had no idea what we were doing.”
- S**t hits the fan (phrase)
Meaning: something bad happens.
“She always does controversial things, but when s**t hits the fan, she momentarily disappears from social media.”
- Sike (expression)
Meaning: an incorrect spelling of the slang ‘psych’ that was popular in 1990s. It’s similar to adding ‘not’ or ‘no’ at the end of a sentence to imply sarcasm or a joke.
“You look good with that platinum blonde hair… Sike.”
- Simp (noun, verb)
Meaning: an insult for a male follower who is obsessed with and desperate to get the attention of a female social media celebrity.
“You bought her bath water? D**n, I didn’t know you were such a simp.”
- Sketchy (adjective)
Meaning: untrustworthy, disreputable, suspicious.
“This website seems sketchy to me. Are you sure it’s not a scam?”
- Slay (verb)
Meaning: to greatly impress.
“Mariah Carey slays with her ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You.'”
- Sleep with one eye open (phrase)
Meaning: to live in fear.
“I sleep with one eye open thanks to my overbearing boss.”
- Smol (adjective)
Meaning: a cute way to say ‘small.’
“Look at this smol puppy.”
- Snap (verb)
Meaning: to do something agressively or to do something greatly.
“Ariana Grande snapped with her ‘Thank You, Next.'”
- Snatch/steal someone’s wig (phrase)
Meaning: to steal the show or to humiliate someone publicly, giving the same embarrassment to the target as literally taking off their wig.
“I sincerely apologise for snatching your wig, but this is what happens when you badmouth me.”
- So done (adjective)
Meaning: tired, bored.
“I’m so done with your antics. Can you go disturb someone else?”
- Soft (adjective)
Meaning: moved, touched.
“The interaction between Keanu Reeves and his fans makes me soft.”
- Sploot (verb, noun)
Meaning: for a pet to lie flat on a surface and stretch their back legs. A wordplay of ‘split.’
“As soon as we got back from the walk, my dog sploot and smiled widely.”
- Sure, Jan (expression)
Meaning: something we say when we know someone is lying right to our face. Taken from the movie A Very Brady Sequel (1996).
“So you left me on read because your phone died? Sure, Jan.”
- (Kinda) sus (adjective)
Meaning: (kind of) suspicious.
“Do you trust her story? It seems kinda sus.”
- Take the heat (phrase)
Meaning: to withstand disapproval or controversies.
“She always causes drama, but when she gets confronted, she’s unable to take the heat herself.”
- Thank you, next (expression)
Meaning: the title of Ariana Grande’s 2018 hit single. Nowadays, it’s used to express that someone wants to move on from a hurtful experience.
“The last thing I want is to have my ex back into my life. Thank you, next!”
- That didn’t age well (phrase)
Meaning: of someone or something that has a negative ending despite a promising start.
“That actor was selected as one of the first people to get vaccinated, but he went straight into a party afterwards. That surely didn’t age well.”
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#EngVocab: Popular Internet Terms as of Mid-2018
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