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How to Speak Millennial

I like to think of myself as a “hip” 31-year-old who can still hold my own with younger cool kids.

While I’m aware that that sentence may have completely negated that fact, it’s extremely obvious that there’s a new movement taking over youth culture. While texting has replaced phone calls and the good ol’ days of AOL instant messenger, young people are using abbreviations for EVERYTHING.

If you’ve found yourself watching a new show and had a hard time following all the terms used, or completely lost in confusion when listening to millennials jabber at each other while staring at the phones, I got you covered!!

We’ve compiled a guide for all the new terms and abbreviations of the current pop culture, so you don’t have to feel like you’re speaking a different language when you’re around anyone under the age of 22.

Let’s start with the terms you’ve surely heard and break them down:


To be socially aware or informed.

e.g: “I stay woke by watching the news and reading Seattle Refined.”


Being judgmental or disrespectful towards someone.

e.g. “He broke up with my BFF so I was throwing shade his way all day.”


To act dramatic and/or over the top.

e.g. “I think she was born being extra.”


Describing a party or event that’s crazy fun or turned up.

e.g. “Did you go to the Bruno Mars concert last night? It was lit.”


Something worthy of applause or praise.

e.g. “Girl, I saw your new boots on Instagram! Yas queen! (feel free to add as many AAA’s or SSS’s in there for dramatic effect).


Being cranky or upset about something.

e.g. “Leslie is salty AF because it took her an hour to go one mile in downtown Seattle last night.”


Term of endearment for your significant other.

e.g. “Can’t hang out tonight, have a dinner date with Bae.”


An abbreviation for “suspect” or “suspicious” when someones acting shady.

e.g. “What’s up with you, you’re sus right now.”


Short for relationSHIP - When you’re in support or want a certain couple to get together and/or stay together.

Throwback e.g. “I’m shipping Britney and Justin so much right nowI want them to be together forever! Or until he writes an amazing song about Britney being unfaithful.” (aka, Cry Me a River circa 2002).

Ok, now that you have some new slang to work on with your 20-something co-workers, let’s get down to decoding the text messages from the younger generation

  • ADN: Any day now
  • AAF: As a friend
  • AAP: Always a pleasure
  • AML: All my love
  • BRB: Be right back
  • BBL: Be back later
  • BFN: Bye for now
  • BMG: Be my guest
  • BTW: By the way
  • CRB: Come right back
  • CUS : See you soon
  • DKDC: Don’t Know, don’t care
  • GGN: Gotta go now
  • GTG: Got to go
  • HBU: How about you
  • IDK: I don’t know
  • ILY: I love you
  • KWIM: Know what I mean
  • LBH: Let’s be honest
  • LMIRL: Let’s meet in real life
  • LMK: Let me know
  • NBD: No big deal
  • NE1: Anyone
  • NP: No problem
  • NVM: Never mind
  • RL: Real life
  • SRY: Sorry
  • SMH: Shaking my head
  • SYS: See you soon
  • TFW: That feeling when
  • TTYL: Talk to you later
  • TMB: Text me back
  • WB: Welcome back
  • WBS: Write back soon
  • YRG: You are good