Hello, everyone! This article is to continue our series on popular internet terms as of January 2021. Here is the first article on the series in case you missed it: PART 1
REMINDER: Most of these terms are slang and SHOULD ONLY be used in an informal interaction.
- Cuteness overload (phrase)
Meaning: an overwhelming cuteness.
“Keanu Reeves playing with puppy is the definition of cuteness overload.”
- Cyber-bully (verb, noun)
Meaning: to bully someone on the internet or someone who bullies another person on the internet.
“Jesy Nelson, a former member of Little Mix, was a victim of cyber-bullying.”
- Darn, dang (expression)
Meaning: somewhat more polite versions of d*mn.
“Dang it, I lost the Wi-Fi connection.”
- Deplatform (verb)
Meaning: to take away someone’s privilege of using a certain social media platform, usually after a series of dangerous, misleading, provocative, abusive, or life-threatening posts.
“I think Twitter did the right thing by deplatforming the president.”
- Did I stutter? (phrase)
Meaning: ‘Do I need to repeat myself?’ or ‘Do I look like I’m kidding?’
A: “I want everything to be done by 5 PM today.”
A: “Did I stutter?”
- Doomscrolling/doomsurfing (verb)
Meaning: the act of consuming a large quantity of negative online news at once.
“Stop doomscrolling. It’s not good for your health.”
- Don’t @ me (phrase)
Meaning: ‘Don’t tag me’ or ‘I don’t want to argue with you on this matter.’
“I like pineapple on my pizza. Don’t @ me.”
- Drama (noun)
Meaning: any scandal or controversial event, sometimes steeming from a trivial argument.
“This influencers drama is giving me a headache. I think I’ll just unfollow them.”
- Drama queen (noun)
Meaning: a gender-neutral term to refer to someone who is overly dramatic.
“Don’t be such a drama queen. You only lost a dozen of followers. So what?”
- Eboi/egirl (noun)
Meaning: a popular internet boy or girl.
A: “Does playing online games a lot automatically make me an egirl?”
B: “No, unless there is a horde of simps following all of your online activities.”
- Edgy (adjective)
Meaning: daring, bold, and sometimes controversial.
“How to be edgy on social media 101: have an unpopular opinion.”
- Everybody gangsta until… (phrase)
Meaning: everybody is emotionally strong and stable before they see something that could shake them.
“Everybody gangsta until they check their bank account.”
- Fake (adjective)
Meaning: someone acting not as what they preach or advertise to be.
“Be careful of fake friends. They could always throw you under the bus.”
- Flex (verb, noun)
Meaning: to show off or something that we can show off.
“I got an A on the math quiz. I’m gonna flex it on social media.”
- Flipping, freaking (adverb)
Meaning: alternatives to f**king.
“She’s so freaking smart!”
- Flying wig/snatched wig (expression)
Meaning: expressing surprise or shock.
“Things that fly: birds, planes, and our wigs.”
- Fr (adverb)
Meaning: short of ‘for real,’ meaning ‘seriously.’
“You scared me just now, fr.”
- Get a life (phrase)
Meaning: to start doing something meaningful in life.
“Bruh, stop scrolling through your ex’ Instagram posts and go get a life.”
- …gets me every time (phrase)
Meaning: something gives us a strong feeling or emotion, no matter how old it is or how often we see or hear it.
“Queen’s Love of My Life gets me every time. It reminds me of my mother, who loved the song.”
- …gives me everything/gives me life (phrase)
Meaning: something makes me happy.
“Stray Kids’ Hyunjin’s blonde hair gives me everything.”
- Go off, sis (phrase)
Meaning: a gender-neutral phrase to tell someone to express their feelings or emotions through ranting.
“I don’t think I did anything wrong, but yeah, go off, sis!”
- Gurl (noun)
Meaning: an informal version of ‘girl,’ often used in an admonishing tone.
“Gurl, what is you doing?” (Yes, the grammatical error is often intentional).
- Happiness noise/happy … noises (phrase)
Meaning: a phrase originated from a mid-sneeze husky meme. Used to describe joy.
“She squealed with happy girlie noises when she got a text back from her crush.”
- …has left the chat (phrase)
Meaning: someone or something has disappeared.
“I just saw a gif of Stray Kids’ Felix. Now my soul has left the chat.”
- …has seen things (phrase)
Meaning: someone or something has witnessed bad things happen, usually to the extent of getting traumatised.
“This cat has seen things.”
- Hecc (expression)
Meaning: a somewhat more polite alternative to hck or hll.
“What the hecc is happening?”
- Henlo (expression)
Meaning: a pet’s owner way of saying ‘hello.’
“Henlo, this is Coconut Rice Bear (a Samoyed that is popular on the internet).”
- Highkey (adverb)
“In this day and age, I highkey want to stay at home as much as possible.”
- Hubby (noun)
Meaning: an affectionate way for a wife to call her husband.
“Oh, my hubby calls. I’m sorry, can I get this? This must be important.”
- I’ll give you that/I’ll give it to you (phrase)
Meaning: another way of saying ‘I’ll give you credits for it’ or ‘I applaud you for it.’
“You did finish your task on time, I’ll give it to you, but I think you can do better than this.”