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Millennial And Gen Z Slang So That You Can Finally Understand Your Kids

Millennial And Gen Z Slang So That You Can Finally Understand Your Kids

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Giving you an in on Gen Z slang so communication with your child can be all “Gucci".

I was in the kitchen, cooking dinner for the family when I heard a flurry of unfamiliar words filling the house. “Yeet”, “shade”, and “no cap” were just some of the millennial and Gen Z slang uttered by my children. As someone who wants to better understand my loved ones, I figured it’s important to learn these words and how to use them in everyday conversation.

Luckily, it didn’t take long. So take a break from #adultingthings such as will-writing, and learn Gen Z slang with our guide. Hopefully, you’ll be able to yeet urbandictionary.com the next time you speak with your kids.

1. ‘For real’ vs ‘No cap’ – to show you’re not lying

How millennials use it: 

“Man, for real, that test was hard.”

How Gen Z use it: 

“Man, that test was hard. No cap.”

2. ‘Good vs ‘Gucci’ – to show that everything’s okay

How millennials use it:

How are you doing, Adam?

“It’s all good.”

How Gen Z use it: 

How are you doing, Adam?

“It’s all Gucci.”

3. ‘OMG’ vs ‘Sksksk’ – to express shock and amazement

How millennials use it:

OMG! Zayn Malik just liked my IG post.”

How Gen Z use it: 

Sksksk. Zayn Malik just liked my IG post.”

4. ‘Throw/ew’ vs ‘Yeet/ed’ – to toss something

How millennials use it:

“Did you watch the video where the kid threw his e-scooter from the fourth floor?”

How Gen Z use it: 

“Did you watch the vid where the kid yeeted his scooter off the fourth floor?”

5. ‘Totally’ vs ‘Bet’ – to agree on something

How millennials use it:

Wanna go to SCAPE later?

“Totally.”

How Gen Z use it: 

Wanna go to SCAPE later?

“Bet.”

6. ‘Yikes’ vs ‘Oof’ – to show discomfort at a situation

How millennials use it:

Did you hear? Your ex will be at the party later.

“Yikes.”

How Gen Z use it: 

Did you hear? Your ex will be at the party later.

“Oof.”

7. ‘Lit’ vs ‘Slaps’ – to show how great something is

How millennials use it:

“Have you listened to Bruno Mars’ new album? It’s lit.”

How Gen Z use it: 

“Have you listened to Bruno Mars’ new album? It slaps.”

8. ‘Burn’ vs ‘Drag’ – to criticise something

How millennials use it:

“Did you see his cringey TikTok? He got burned in the comments section.”

How Gen Z use it: 

“Did you see his cringey TikTok? He got dragged in the comments section.”

Using Gen Z slang in your everyday life

Language is ever-changing, and it’s up to us to keep up with the latest vernacular. Just make sure you don’t overuse Gen Z slang. You wouldn’t want to end up embarrassing your kids—and yourself.

Hopefully, you are now equipped with the tools to better communicate with your loved ones!

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