Slang Words

Slang Words in English

Slang is the continual and ever-changing use and definition of words in informal conversation, often using references as a means of comparison or showing likeness.

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Swag/Swaggy

WHAT YOU’RE SAYING: Nothing surprising or new about this one. “Swag,” from the slang word ‘”swagger,” means being or having something cool. “Swaggy” in particular was used by Justin Bieber when he whispered it while singing his song, “Boyfriend.” How swaggy.
USED IN EVERYDAY LIFE: “Check out this blazer I found at the thrift store.” “Swag.”
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My Mains

WHAT YOU’RE SAYING: “My mains” also refers to my close group of friends or my family.
USED IN EVERYDAY LIFE: “Jay and I go way back, he is one of my mains.”
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Yute

WHAT YOU’RE SAYING: “Yute” is another word for youth.
USED IN EVERYDAY LIFE: “All these yute these days keep thinking they’re cool, saying things like YOLO.”
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Rachet

WHAT YOU’RE SAYING: “Rachet” is when someone is rude, loud or obnoxious. It can also be used to describe someone who is acting like a diva.
USED IN EVERYDAY LIFE: “I can’t believe that guy just dissed his mom, how rachet.”
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Boost

WHAT YOU’RE SAYING: “Boost” or “boast” can mean bragging or exaggerating a situation.
USED IN EVERYDAY LIFE: “It only took me 30 minutes to finish my work report.” “Stop boosting.”
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SMH

WHAT YOU’RE SAYING: “SMH” stands for shakes my head. You’ll see it often used in text messages, Facebook chatter and in memes.
USED IN EVERYDAY LIFE: In a text: “I just spilled coffee all over my white shirt.” Reply: “SMH.”
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Bless Up

WHAT YOU’RE SAYING: “Bless up” is another way of saying goodbye or hello.
USED IN EVERYDAY LIFE: “Bless up my friend,” or, “It was nice seeing you, bless up.”
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Dip

WHAT YOU’RE SAYING: If you “dip” or you’re “dipping,” it means you’re leaving the joint. Maybe the party was boring or maybe it was getting close to your curfew.
USED IN EVERYDAY LIFE: “Are you reaching [see what we did there?] her party tomorrow night?” “Yeah, but I gotta dip by 11 p.m.”
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Moss

WHAT YOU’RE SAYING: It might have nothing to do with the green fluff that grows on walls, but similar to that type of moss, this word means to chill out or relax.
USED IN EVERYDAY LIFE: “Why are you always working? You need to moss.”
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Chirp

WHAT YOU’RE SAYING: “Chirp” is what you’re doing when you insult or “diss” someone. We get it, birds can get annoying.
USED IN EVERYDAY LIFE: “My older brother can be such a jerk, he’s always chirping at me.”
emo
When someone is emo, they are a drama queen. Taken from the angst-ridden emo genre of music.
yolo
An acronym for You Only Live Once.
tope
A combination of tight and dope. This means it’s good
rides
We’re talking transportation of a different sort. Sneakers.
cheddar
No, not the cheese. It’s money.
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