posted by Charleyy Hodson

Let’s learn something new!

Look, we’ve all been throwing around internet slang like it’s nobodies business, but now it’s time to make sure we’re all on the same (web)page. We’ve gathered 28 of the most popular phrases and words on the Internet in 2017 that people have stopped using ironically and have no weeping into real life lexicon – so if you’ve got your reading glasses on, let’s open up the library.

It is firstly most important to note that the origins of the majority of these words actually originally from black and/or gay culture, and have now been assimilated into mainstream culture. If you want to know more about this development, and the origin of some of this internet slang, check out this article out its recent resurgence.

 


AF

“As Fuck”, used as an adjective.

 

Aesthetic

To have a particular style or vibe that is central to your look, and often works as a form of identification.

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Basic

A way to describe someone who dresses, talks and enjoys the most mainstream and predictable things. Lacking originality.

 

Boots

A term added on the end of a sentence to signify some form of emphasis, kind of like a verbal exclamation mark.

 

Daddy

Two meanings. 1) A partner who takes every good care of you affectionately. 2) Someone who has great influence and power over yourself, such as a person you worship or deeply adore.

 

Dead/Dying

When something has gone beyond funny that you literally cannot handle it anymore. You’ve laughed yourself to death.

 

Done

To be completely over and finished with something be it a task, a person or an emotion.

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Extra

To be extremely OTT in every situation even when it’s not called for. Often excessive, dramatic or inappropriate.

 

Fam

An endearing term for your friends, as if you’re close family. You can trust them massively.

 

Finesse

To be able to scam, trick and steal under someone’s nose in a smooth style.

 

FR

Acronym for “For Real”, again used as a full stop to denote that something seemingly unbelievable is totally true.

 

GOAT

Acronym for “Greatest Of All Time”.

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Goals

A phrase used between humans state that one possesses things (be it fitness, food, relationship, etc) that they hugely want for themselves. Normally accompanied with a hashtag.

 

Lit

When something is amazing, popping. Could also mean that you’re incredibly drunk.

 

Live/Living

Experiencing something so incredible that it’s making you finally “live”, equally could be said to be giving you “life”.

 

Low Key

To keep something a secret, keep a low profile on something so no one else knows about it.

 

Salt

To state a distant unhappiness or displeasure at something or someone. Often referred to as “spreading the salt”.

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Savage

To be the most badass, lethal person. Can be used in regards to arguments, takedowns and generally having a disregard for the consequences of your words/actions.

 

Shade

A way of acting disrespectful towards phrase in a way that notes a level of help. Drag culture sees Queen “throwing shade” at each other for their style, but mostly to help offer edits.

 

Ship

To endorse or support a romantic coupling, even if they aren’t a reality. Kind of like a fantasy pairing.

 

Shook

To be so completely surprised by something, that your body is literally shook. Can also mean you’re scared/can’t believe your eyes.

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Snatched

Two meanings. 1) To have incredibly good looks and a body to match, to be so fierce that you look snatched. 2) To be burn someone so good that your wig/weave is snatched.

 

Stan

Often cited as being based on the character from Eminem’s music video of the same name, this represents a crazy, OTT and often terrifying fan for something (be it a person or a form of media).

 

Thicc

Pronounced either as “tick” or “thicK” (with a heavy K) to refer to a person who is incredibly curvy and sexy. Larger than an hour glass figure.

 

Trash

When you exist purely for one thing, person you can be called XXX trash. Also used as a self-deprecating term for being a general mess and worthless person. This, for example, is one word that because of internet slang, has generated an entirely new meaning to some.

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Woke

Living in a state of awareness that is above the level of expectation. To be fully aware of current events and the world around them.

 


Were there any Internet slang words on there that you didn’t know? Think you have anymore to add? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll keep this list updated!

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