Suh, fam? Today we’re diving deep with some of the most lit terms from 2017. Be warned: some of these terms have been around since before MMXVII, but our Slang.org experts have made sure to include only words that have either had a revival or are at least relevant to current slang-biosphere. On this year of the rooster, make sure you prepare your vocab to stay trending and keep it fresh AF. So handle these #2017slang, Team Internet, with care.
Overboard, over the top, or excessive. The origin of this one is self-explanatory, but we here at Slang.org believe you should be prepared, especially if you’re being the extra one. The word almost exclusively has negative connotations, despite extra typically meaning above and beyond.
Example: “You need to step out of my face right now. You’re being extra!”
For real. Another byproduct of abbreviation for the sake of typists/texters, this handy dandy initialism is a tool to emphasize a point, notion, or emotion. The word has been on the rise as of late and may continue to pop up as the best way to say really-really.
Example: “Can we order out? I’m hungry, FR.”
Depending on the scenario: drunk, mad, or excited. When referring to drunkenness, the word is a play on filling up with liquids, like you would a car. The other forms are plays on the term stepping on the gas, or revving up the car, to show excitation. Nowadays, the latter forms have come into favor.
Example: “Dude, if you skipped out on leg day, your trainer is gonna be gassed.”
Greatest of all time. The first known usage of the term comes from Muhammad Ali’s wife registered G.O.A.T. Inc. as the company to handle their brand. Athletes of all kinds have been using the terminology for many years, and rapper LL Cool J used it as an album title in the year 2000. Only recently did the term re-explode on social media as a way to pay respects to whatever subject you’ve included in the post.
Example: “Jordan would school all of these new kids. #GOAT”
Hundred percent. Used often when starting a certain statement or agreeing with a motion. Related note: hund or hundo/hunde is a word for dog in many languages, including German. Drop the P to say just 100, which is often used when speaking about money.
Example: “You’re sure about this?” “Hundo p.”
Like back, and sometimes follow back (FB). This shorthand started in social media platforms with comment sections, as users would like the post their comment was appearing on, and ask/request/beg for a like in return. Some may see it as useless fluff, but others may see it as scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours.
Example: “Your makeup is snatched in this vid. LB for a fellow artist!”
Upset or bitter, often after a loss. Although this term was first used as early as the 1930’s to mean angry or rageful (before this the word was used often for sailors to identify how tough or hardened the saltwater abroad had made them), the word as seen a resurgence in streaming culture, especially in relation to video game streams. Viewers of popular streams will flock to point out how irritated someone seems after a particularly hard upset and the term salty fits perfectly.
Example: “He’s going to be salty after so much bad luck.”
Short for sister; used in place of bro. Any slanger knows how faux pas bro has become, and a way address others with authority now is sis. Handle with care, as some cannot handle being compared to the fairer sex, even if it’s just shorthand.
Example: “What up, sis?” or “Let me handle that for you, sis.”
A very dedicated, to a fault, fan or admirer. Occasionally we see the origin of a word long before it explodes into commonly used slang, and that’s the case here. Eminem’s Stan, released in 2000, features an overzealous fanatic who is obsessed with the songwriter. The track, featuring Dido, is accompanied by a music video in which the crazed fan (Stan) loses his life due to his fixation.
Example: “Look at all these Stans in line for tickets. They’re not even that good!”
A slang aside: As someone with the name Stan, I can tell you: it’s not so bad.
Equivalent to “What’s up?”. It is the extremely shortened and lazy way to say it, which we here at Slang.org appreciate. “What’s up, dude?” can be turned into “Suh, dew?” to shave off literally fractions of seconds. The phrase was popularized on Vine videos making fun of stoner culture.
Example: “Suh?” “Nothing. Suh?”
“That face when” or “that feel when”. Usually tied to an image or GIF and given some context. With this acronym you can have an picture say a thousand words and maybe earn a few laughs. This phrase/meme likely got its start on a German image board similar to 4chan and was first used to lament not having a girlfriend. Nowadays, the term is used to explain feelings from loss, happiness, and beyond.
Example: “TFW someone misuses slang”
Tuned in, aware, and hopefully acting in response to current affairs, especially in politics. The origin of this term is fairly apparent, as it’s a compression of awoken. As with Neo in the Matrix, a woke individual sees through the parlor tricks of complacency, attempts to be inclusive and inflict change on what they perceive to be unjust.
Example: “You hear her speech? Woke.”
That concludes our current year roll call, and as you can see, the internet and social media have a large influence on what we consider slang. Join us next year for what is sure to be thrilling 2018 Slang.org romp.
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