Millennials, or as they are more often called 'generation snowflake', are those of us that were born between 1982 and 2000.
They are often accused of being entitled, lazy and so right-on it’s painful. Then there’s the matter of their own mysterious language. They leave parents and grandparent flummoxed, pass this over to them and tell them it’s the new dictionary of life.
Want to learn the lingo?
Here’s the ultimate A to Z for you, you’ll be speaking fluent Snowflake in no time.
Adulting — Pretty self-explanatory, you paid your bills, took care of things and got shit done. You’ve been adulting.
Benching — A millennial dating term meaning a potential that you may come back to if the first choice doesn’t work out. You send a text every now and then to make them believe they are still in with a chance.
Breadcrumbing — Leading someone to believe you’re interested in them, but all it really is, is fun texting and flirting.
Bible — Used as in telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Example being; ‘Bible your ass looks so good in that dress.’
Can’t even — Literally made speechless by something. As in: ‘My pumpkin spice latte was $9.00, I can’t even….’
Check your privilege — When someone makes an ignorant remark to you, instead of going all out for them, dead pan at them ‘Check your privilege’ total put down.
Dead — A one-word response to say you’ve found something so funny or cute. A great example I read was, Friend: ‘My parents think Professor Green [the rapper] is my PhD lecturer.’ You: ‘Dead.’
Emote — The generation, new way of dealing with emotions, no more so called stiff upper lip of past generations, more emote. Best example for me is when Prince Millennial Harry opened up about mental health last year.
Emoji — We all thrive on these; no message gets sent without at least one.
What do a couple, a plate, a smiley face and two champagne glasses say?
Guy: ‘I’ve just booked us dinner at your favorite restaurant and we have something to celebrate.’
What does a ‘Love hearts face, lipstick kiss, two pink hearts, aubergine say?’
Woman reply: ‘I love you, lots of kisses, love this so much, and we’re getting into it later.’
Feels — We all have feelings, right? The reference for ‘in the feels’ when something makes you feel all good inside. You’ll hear them say ‘That movie gives me the feels.’
FOMO — ‘Fear of missing out’ so they tend to spend way too much time on social media which can cause anxiety. You’ll find them liking and commenting relentlessly on other people’s posts.
Fam — Not what you think, it’s not a reference to their family, but a non-blood relative, such as friends. ‘Out with my fam tonight.’
FB/LB — For them it is important for others to like what they post, so they will make a post including FB/LB asking for people to ‘follow back’ and ‘like back’ on social media.
FBO — ‘OMG are you FBO?’ ‘Facebook official’ when someone changes their relationship status, it’s a bigger thing than walking down the aisle for them.
Ghosting — Just cutting all contact, recent research on dating sites revealed that up to 78 per cent of millennials have been ghosted at some time.
Gucci — No, not that Gucci, this is to describe something that is sooo good, an example being, ‘Wow this sauce with prime rib Gucci.’
GOAT — An acronym for ‘Greatest of All Time’. i.e. ‘Beyonce might be good, but Pink is GOAT.’
Highkey — The opposite of lowkey. When something is highkey it’s worth shouting about.
IRL — Short for ‘in real life’. Used to explain something that is going on in the real world, not just an online story. Some say this is a bit of a rarity for some snowflakes.
JOMO — The opposite of FOMO. It stands for the ‘joy of missing out’ and often used to describe enjoying alone time.
Kittenfishing — A another version of ‘catfishing.’ Kittenfishing is when the pictures are actually you, but you change the look of the picture to make you look younger, or slimmer using filters.
K — Aka OK. Pronounced ‘kay’. Because why use two letters when one will do?
Lolz — Originally stood for ‘laughing out loud’ but has become a word in its own right and gained a rebellious ‘z’. Lol could first be found in 1960 in the Oxford dictionary, although back then it’s stood for ‘little old lady’ it’s a signifier of good times. When someone says something funny, you laugh and say ‘Oh, the lolz’.
Lit — Used to describe anything that is cool, amazing and exciting such as ‘Have you seen the new show Love Island? It’s lit.’
Micro-cheating — When you’re in a relationship yet you flirt with other people claiming it sort of doesn’t matter.
Millennial pink — ‘Millennial pink’ became popular after Wes Anderson’s 2014 film The Grand Budapest Hotel (the whole hotel was painted this color). Last year Vogue labelled it ‘color of the moment’.
Mansplain — Think we’ve all encountered one of these, it was added to the Oxford English Dictionary this year, it’s when a man explains something to a woman, which she already knows, in a patronising way.
Manspreading — When a man encroaches on your personal space by sitting on public transport with his legs wide apart.
Netflix and chill — This is millennial code for ‘let’s put on something we have no intention of watching and fool around on the sofa and don’t forget the pizza’.
On fleek — Code for it’s great. On fleek used to just apply to flawless style but now extends beyond make-up and looks, it can refer to anything that has a great impact.
Owned — When your skills at arguing have been destroyed by someone and they just ‘Owned you.’
Phubbing — Do you ignore people and your surroundings by staring into your phone? You are guilty of phubbing (pronounced f-ubbing). A hybrid of the word’s ‘phone’ and ‘snubbing’.
Quiche — When someone is really hot, they are ‘quiche’. First used by satirist Chris Lilley on his 2013 BBC Three series Ja’mie: Private School Girl, it has since ironically, been adopted by millennials. ‘Jamie Dornan is just so quiche.’
Receipts — Not the kind you get from the checkout at Walmart, these are digital receipts. The online world is full of scams so it’s best to keep evidence known as receipts. Use saved screengrabs to demonstrate others’ hypocrisy or backtracking.
Squad goal — A group of friends you see and want to be like, adopting their lives and style.
Sorry not sorry — You say sorry, but do you mean it? Do you fuck. So, saying both makes it clear.
Throwing shade — Passive aggression at its worst, putting someone down in a sneaky way. You: ‘Some people never seem to wash up their stuff in this place.’ Everyone looks at Heather. Heather: ‘You throwing shade at me?’
Thirsty — Thirsty girl liking a new guys pictures all over his Facebook once added, making a ton of comments trying to keep his attention, by blowing up his notifications. His friends tease him and say ‘You got some thirst going on there buddy.’
Umfriend — This one is a physical relationship with someone, but they are not yet your girlfriend/boyfriend. When out together you introduce them as: ‘Hi everyone, this is Jessica. She is my . . . um . . . friend.’
V — Aka very, when you type a message you say, ‘he is v. cute.’
Woke — Someone who is tuned-in. They champion social justice, marched for #MeToo, and will defend the innocent until the very end. As in: ‘Toni’s so woke.’
Xennials — Born between 1977 and 1985, Xennials are between millennials and Gen-Xers. Too old to enjoy twerking yet too young to remember sending postcards.
YAAAAAAS! — A yes! More ‘A’s the stronger.
Generation Z — The age group that comes after millennials. Born from the mid-Nineties to early 2000s, they are currently between 13 and 23, they are also known as ‘post-millennials’ or the ‘iGeneration’. They never had to experience dial-up internet but can build you a computer from scratch using only a Twiglet. After millennials they are expected to rule the world. God help us all.