28 Internet Slang Words Explained (To Help You Stay Woke, Fam)

13 February 2018, 15:42

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By Charleyy Hodson

Let's learn something new!

We've all been throwing around text abbreviations, internet slang and Twitter speak like it's nobodies business, but now it's time to make sure we're all on the same (web)page. We've explained some of the most popular phrases, internet acronyms and web words so you can stay down with the millennials... or is that Generation Y now? So, if you've got your reading glasses on, let's open up the internet slang dictionary.

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. For example, "I'm cold AF, turn the heating up!"

 

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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AMA

Ask Me Anything - usually in the context of an internet personality opening up the floor to questions about them on Reddit or Tumblr.

Bae

Your significant other - a gender-neutral way to describe a spouse or partner, but also a noun for anything you hold dear. For example, "Omg Ben and Jerry's Cookie Dough is BAE"

Basic

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

Bc

Short for "Because."

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.

Dafuq

Short for "What the f*ck?"

Dead/Dying

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

DM

Short for Direct Message, a private message you can send someone on Twitter

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.

Facepalm

A reaction to something stupid or cringeworthy online. It describes the real life action of putting your hand to your face in a moment of exasperation.

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.

FOMO

Short for "Fear of missing out," used to describe the state of anxiety you have about not being included in fun activities. 

FML

Abbreviated form of "F*ck my life," to be used when things get a little too much. For example, "ugh, another piece of homework? FML"

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. 

Headdesk

For when a "facepalm" just won't do. Described the real-life action of hitting your head against a desk in frustration.

HIFW

Short for "How I felt when."

ICYMI

Short for "Incase you missed it."
 

IDGAF

Short for "I don't give a f*ck."

IMO/IMHO

Short for "In my opinion," and "In my honest opinion," respectively.

IRL

Short for "In real life," as oppose to online.

JSYK

Short for "Just so you know." Often used as a superfluous end to a sassy statement. 

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.

MFW

Short for "My face when..."

NSFW

Short for "Not safe for work."

Salty

To be (usually disproportionately) bitter about something. For example, "I could not believe how salty he became when I said I was going to be five minutes late." 

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

Often misused as a synonym for insulting someone, "Shade" is actually a specific form of banter when you allow an implied insult to manifest between the lines of what your saying. For example, if you ask someone "was it hard losing your home when that meteorite wiped out the dinosaurs?" the implied insult - the shade - is that they are extremely old. 

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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SMH

Short for "Shaking my head," used to denote disappointment/disapproval 

Snatched

To be on point, looks-wise. For example, "I've just been to the beautician and my eyebrows are 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.

TL;DR

Short for "Too Long; Didn't Read" - the TL;DR version of something is a shortened, easily digestible version of longer content. 

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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YOLO

Short for "You only live once," usually used as a justification for being irresponsible. For example, "I was supposed to stay in and revise today but I'm currently day drinking in the sun because YOLO."

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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