Hello, everyone! This article is to the last one of our series on popular internet terms as of January 2021. Here are the previous articles on the series in case you missed it: PART 1, PART 2, PART 3, PART 4
REMINDER: Most of these terms are slang and SHOULD ONLY be used in an informal interaction.
- That’s a you problem (phrase)
Meaning: an informal way of saying ‘that’s your problem.’
“I’m telling the truth and I have witnesses. If you don’t believe me, I think that’s a you problem.”
- That’s just me (phrase)
Meaning: an informal way of saying ‘that’s just my opinion.’
“I don’t think it’s right to meet up and hang out now, but that’s just me.”
- Thicc (adjective)
Meaning: curvy, slightly overweight.
“I feel like I’d rather be thicc than being underweight.”
- This could have been an email (phrase)
Meaning: of a professional gathering that seems to be a waste of time.
“This whole meeting could have been an email.”
- This isn’t even my final form (phrase)
Meaning: ‘I can improve or do better than this.’ Originated from Songoku’s or any Saiyan’s transformation to a Super Saiyan in the Dragon Ball franchise.
“Wait, wait, wait, this isn’t even my final form. You will be shocked.”
- Three much (adjective, adverb)
Meaning: more exaggerated than ‘too much.’
“Girl, you are really three much! Stop making a fuss.”
- Throw someone under the bus (phrase)
Meaning: to betray someone.
It gained popularity because of the movie Mean Girls (2004) despite not being actually said on the movie and despite having been coined a long time before the movie was released.
“How do you expect to have loyal friends if you constantly throw them under the bus?”
- Tiny (adjective)
Meaning: someone or something being small and cute.
“She’s adorable when she speaks in tiny voice.”
- Toxic (adjective)
Meaning: of an environment or a person’s behaviour that could be detrimental to someone’s mental health.
A: “Why did you deactivate your Instagram account?”
B: “No specific reason; I just think it’s become toxic.”
- Trigger (noun)
Meaning: something that could potentially upset someone, especially someone with mental health issues.
Meaning: getting upset or worked up by something.
“Don’t show her this; it could trigger her.”
- Unbothered (adjective)
Meaning: of someone not being affected by something negative said about them.
“Despite the rumours, she remains unbothered.”
- Unpopular opinion (noun)
Meaning: an opinion that is different to the opinion of the general public, sometimes controversial.
“Unpopular opinion: working overtime is not something we should glorify.”
- Uwu (expression)
Meaning: a written version of this smiley (◡ ω ◡). Nowadays, it’s also said as a response to something adorable.
“I just found out that Benedict Cumberbatch didn’t know how to pronounce ‘penguin.’ I’m uwu-ing so hard right now.”
- We stan (phrase)
Meaning: we support.
“Michelle Obama is so inspirational. We stan an intelligent woman.”
- Weird flex, but ok (expression)
Meaning: a reaction we give to other people who act over the top or outlandishly.
A: “Yes, I won 500 Candy Crush levels, all with three stars!”
B: “Weird flex, but ok.”
- Whipped (adjective)
Meaning: being obsessed or controlled, often used on someone dominated by their significant other.
“Getting home right after work instead of out drinking with your friends is not being whipped. It means you prioritise your family and health.”
- Who hurt you? (expression)
Meaning: a question we ask to someone who seems to be unreasonably upset.
“Did you really fight with a shop assistant just because they ask you to wear a mask? Really, who hurt you?”
- Wholesome (adjective)
Meaning: heartwarming or feel-good.
“During my lunch break, I often look at some wholesome memes. They always cheer me up.”
- Wifey (noun)
Meaning: an affectionate term for a husband to refer to his wife.
“Wifey got mad at me for leaving the front door unlocked.”
- Wild (adjective)
Meaning: exaggerated, extreme, over-the-top, unusual.
“This mukbang with living animals is so wild. I can’t watch it.”
- Yeah, right (expression)
Meaning: a double positive words that somehow carries a negative, sarcastic tone.
“You said you didn’t study but you still got an A on the math quiz. Yeah, right.”
- Yee to one’s haw (noun)
Meaning: something or someone that makes us feel complete.
“Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture is the yee to my haw. It’s a piece that can cheer me up anytime.”
- Yeet (expression, verb)
Meaning: an expression that was initially used to show excitement, approval, or surprise, but is now also used as an informal version of ‘to throw something away.”
“He accidentally yeeted his phone out of the window on the second floor.”
- Zen (adjective)
Meaning: a peaceful and relaxed feeling.
“My zen side was tested during the entire 2020.”
#EngVocab: Popular Internet Terms as of Mid-2018
#EngVocab: Popular Internet Terms as of January 2021 A-C
#EngVocab: Popular Internet Terms as of January 2021 C-I
#EngVocab: Popular Internet Terms as of January 2021 I-P
#EngVocab: Popular Internet Terms as of January 2021 P-T