25 words that social media made acceptable

Updated: May 28, 2020

A lot has changed in the last decade or so, and while 2020 has thus far come out swinging in the first round with the COVID-19 pandemic, humanity is yet to be defeated. 

So while many people believe that the last generation of millennials and the new-gen Z rot their minds over TikTok videos and all sorts of the butchery of a perfectly fine language, we here at Quire see this as a forever evolving internet culture that no one can quite keep up with and we love it! 

So here’s a breakdown of 25 current words that social media has created and made commonplace even offline. Time to read up!

1. IRL

Not similar to URL (and if anyone is wondering what URL stands for its a Uniform Resource Locator (URL), colloquially termed for a web address). IRL actually stands for In Real Life - That thing you return to when you put your phone down.

2. DTR

No, not like DTF - and we’re not going to be telling you what that means (maybe google it on the down-low). DTR instead stands for “Define the relationship”. Similar to the original “Labels” request.

3. Tea or T

100% can be served during an afternoon with biscuits and bevvies with the girls - non-drinkable however. Dishing the "Tea" is all about exchanging hot gossip. You can get tea, spill tea, and give tea. Derived from the ‘80s and '90s where LGBTQ people performed in drag competitions to celebrate their beliefs. John Berendt’s 1999 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is often cited for its early use of the term as well.

4. Kiki

Not just a ridiculously popular song by Drake. A kiki is a party or festive gathering held for the express purpose of calming nerves and anxiety. Used as a verb: To kiki, has a double meaning: either to celebrate or to share gossip. This is perfectly expressed in the Scissor Sisters music video for “Let’s Have a Kiki,".

5. Flex

Not just limited to your muscles, flex is used to show off your physique, belongings, or some other things consider superior to others.

6. Skrt

In conversation, it's a synonym for "stop." Often used to quickly interject something that's been said in casual conversation. "Skrt!" (just think tyres screeching)

7. Damn, Gina

Use this phrase if you’re either surprised by something or want to express approval. As a term of congratulations, you can say “Damn, Gina. You got this!” Originally from Martin Lawrence’s ‘90s sitcom Martin, in which he’d regularly use the phrase when addressing his wife Gina (Tisha Campbell-Martin) and was also popularised with Brooklyn-Nine-Nine's Gina Linetti character (Chelsea Peretti).

8. Bye, Felicia

Less positive than Damn Gina and used more as a way of dismissing someone - “Bye, Felicia!”. In 1995’s Friday, Ice Cub

e first used the term to dismiss Felicia’s (Angela Means-Kaaya) request to borrow Smokey’s (Chris Tucker) car.

9. Karen

A slang term that is used to categorise a person perceived to be entitled or demanding beyond the scope of what is considered appropriate/ necessary. One of the most common Karen stereotypes is that of a middle-aged person, who displays aggressive behaviour when they are obstructed from getting their way; often depicted as demanding to "speak to the manager" and sometimes have a variation of the bob cut.

10. Thirsty

Water can't quench this thirst!

To be “thirsty” is a graceless need for approval, affection or attention, one so raw that it creeps people out. Missy Elliott's [2008] "Chinga-A-Ling" and other hip-hop songs helped popularise this word. Don't be thirsty!

11. Salty

This has nothing to do with the ingredient. It usually refers to the act of being upset, angry, or bitter as a result of being made fun of or embarrassed. Also, it can be considered a characteristic of a person who feels out of place or is feeling attacked.

12. No Cap

This is used to emphasize that a statement isn't a lie or exaggerated, so consider this a synonym for the word “seriously”. “Your singing is on point, no cap.” This particular phrase can be used in situations of scepticism (“he’s capping”) or to convince someone of the legitimacy of your statement (“no cap”)

13. Slaps

No no, not just what your Ammi does when you have brought shame on the family name. It is now more used to describe anything, such as a song, cooking, new shoes, car, accessories, —that strikes you as impressive. “Your new car slaps.”

14. Read

Used as a verb, a “read” is essentially an insult and a catty way of calling out someone’s flaws. The slang term derives from both the Black and LGBTQ communities and is also regularly used as a RuPaul’s Drag Race competition mini-game. It’s basically what you do at a comedy roast.

15. Catch these hands

Definitely not a fun game.

It’s basically a general ass-whooping term. “You don’t want to catch these hands”

16. Snatched

If a person's hair, makeup, our outfit looks particularly on point, they’re snatched. The term originates from the LGBTQ community, and you’ve probably heard it quite often on an episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

17. Wig Snatched

No uncle, your toupée didn't just go for a walk. In fact, this phrase is used as a verb to describe your reaction to something amazing in the form of being impressed. For example “Beyoncé out here wig snatching with that Bowl Performance!"

18. G.O.A.T. (or the emoji of same)

G.O.A.T. is an acronym for greatest of all time. Commonly referenced in sports and used to express respect and admiration "Kobe Bryant is the G.O.A.T."

19. Stan

An overzealous or obsessive fan of a particular celebrity. Originally from Eminem’s 2000 hit song "Stan". Think BTS fans.

20. Receipts

It's all about accountability here. Asking someone to show you the receipts basically just means you want proof. As Slate points out, the term is borrowed from Black culture.

21. Ok, boomer

When dismissing someone older (most commonly from the Baby Boomer generation), millennials and Gen Z-ers have taken to throwing out an “ok, boomer”. Usually used as a response to “...when I was your age...” “Ok, boomer”. A somewhat sassy, yet overall good-natured way to respond to older folks.

22. Retweet

A limited Twitter reference here. This term has more recently been used for agreement. So if you completely agree with something, instead of saying “yes, I agree” you simply say “retweet”. Because who even has the time for more chatter anymore?

23. Fit

Not just a very British way to describe a yummy lad, but minus the “out”, fit just means outfit now. So instead of complimenting someone on their outfit, you can just “cute fit”.

24. Fr

Another abbreviation, “fr” is a shortened “for real”. For anyone who’s still really catching up on the lingo - for real means a variety of things including emphasising that what you’re saying is true, or questioning the accuracy of a statement. Mainly limited to online use, for the time being

25. Thot and also the later, Thotage

No that is definitely not how you spell "thought". The former is just another nasty word for "slut". The latter is in reference to someone putting out a vibe (or in more cases an Instagram pic) that could be construed as "slutty".

Don't get it twisted - this is still a big no no word.

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