Year after year, teens come up with hip new ways of communicating. Meanwhile, parents are just trying to keep up, and hoping their kids aren’t involved in anything unseemly. With 2021 off to a chaotic start, it’s time to take a look at some of the newest and hottest teen slang terms and acronyms kids are using.
First is the list of words from 2021, then we have some from the past couple years just in case you don’t know them.
This ain’t it, chief
A way of expressing disgust or disapproval of something, “This ain’t it, chief” is usually a reaction to something outrageous or offensive.
Typing out “SKSKSKSK” (often in all caps) is a way of expressing excitement about something. The idea is that the speaker is so hyped up that they can barely manage words — just snake-like hissing.
This phrase is another way of voicing your disapproval of someone’s actions, similar to “this ain’t it, chief.” Both are lighthearted ways of letting someone know they’ve taken things just a little too far.
What do we do when faced with setbacks in life? We move on. Or, as a young internet user might simply say, “We move.”
A time-saving way of calling something “suspicious.” This slang term has exploded in popularity recently as an often-used term in the hit video game “Among Us,” where players try to identify an alien imposter in their midst.
This one can be used a couple of different ways. As you might guess, it can refer to flying into a fit of rage, i.e. to “go off” on a rampage or a tantrum.
In the new slang lexicon, however, “go off” can also be a way of encouraging someone to let loose and go a little crazy.
While older folks will think to “sleep on” something means to take time to think it over, in new slang terms it means nearly the opposite. To “sleep on” something is to remain ignorant of it, e.g. a hot new TV show you haven’t seen yet.
Just like the Chief Executive Officer is the top dog at a big corporation, referring to yourself as the CEO of anything means you’re the best at it.
More than just a simple person, the modern usage of “simp” specifically refers to someone who is willing to do anything to please. The term is often directed at men who fawn over women obsessively, although their chances with those women would appear to be very low.
If you see something online that gets you a little misty-eyed, maybe something that makes you feel “some type of way,” you could say that it “hits differently.” This term is used to describe something that makes internet users feel emotional.
Get after it
This Gen Z slang is a directive in the vein of “let’s hit it” or “let’s roll,” meant to pump yourself or your buddies up for some action.
You could think of this slang term as a shortened version of “a real friend.” Know someone who you can always rely on no matter what? If so, you might be lucky enough to have a “real one” in your life.
It’s already common to use the term “period” at the end of an argument the emphasize a point. In new slang, “periodt” serves the same purpose, only intensified. The speaker might also add “and that’s on” to the beginning for even more emphasis.
To be “mutuals” with someone is to follow and be followed by them on a given social media platform. For example, if you’ve ever followed a celebrity on Twitter and were lucky enough to get a follow back, congrats – you and they are now mutuals!
This one varies a little depending on the context. As one might guess, “bet” can be used as a shortened version of “you bet” – in other words, as a form of agreement.
However, it can also be used as a response to a challenge, in the vein of a sarcastic “Yeah, I bet.”
For example, you say: “I can beat you 1 on 1 at basketball.”
I say: “Bet.”