Right now, the Gen Zs are the linguistic ninjas of the era. We’ve gone past YOLO, On Fleek, Askor (talk to my hand), Sup, Lit, Peace Out, and IJGB. These Gen Z guys are vibrant and ever-evolving. They’re churning out Gen Z slangs faster than you can say “Shey you get?”
If you’re not up to date, it’ll have you feeling confused on social media or left out on general conversations that you’d most likely want to be a part of. If you don’t want the trending conversations on social media to leave you feeling like a baffled tourist, here are 5 slangs to add to your vocabulary.
1. Delulu– is the Solulu.
Other generations would have just said “delusional’’ But not the Gen Zs. They’re a different kind of breed. Delulu is the solulu is like saying, being delusional is the solution. And delusion is used to describe a false belief or idea that doesn’t match up with reality. Do you get?
2. Shey you dey whine me?
Have you ever heard a tale or offer that sounded too good to be real? Or maybe too bizarre? That’s when you use this slang. This became a lingo trend sometime last year when an old song of a certain Austine de Bull was dug up. It went so viral, that almost everyone used it on a post, video, or conversation. Today, it’s a Gen Z way of saying Are you messing with me? Are you being serious? Bonus tip; It slaps differently when the conversation is flowing in Pidgin.
3. E choke!
I love this one because it is so versatile. It means something is too much or overwhelming. You can use it for anything intense, good or bad. That spicy jollof rice got your taste buds tingling? E choke! Your phone notifications are blowing up? E choke! Work or School is getting so overwhelming? E choke! Just don’t confuse it with “I choke,” which actually means you’re having trouble breathing.
Now this is different from no cap. Cap is used in the context of a false statement or when someone is lying or saying something incoherent. No cap on the other hand means all truth, no lies detected. No tricks or schemes.
This slang is for the guys and babes who have got their game on. Rizz is the Gen Z way of saying charisma. More like a short form of Charisma. You know people who know how to flirt and are charming? They know how to exert influence over someone? They’ve got rizz.
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6. Ate and left no crumbs.
If you ate something, it means you aced that stuff so well, that you didn’t even need to add a single extra touch. Adding “left no crumbs” means you cleared the show flawlessly.
7. Zazoo Zehh
Now this one’s not very common, but I assure you it is a slang for the Gen Z era. And this isn’t just a catchy tune, it’s a whole vibe! It means living your best life, doing you, and not letting anyone dull your shine. Use it when you’re acing that stuff, or just feeling on top of the world.
When someone says slay, that person is referring to anything cool, pretty, awesome, or amazing. You can use in any context, from outfits to food, places, and people. Ever heard someone say ” yaasss grill, slay”? That’s a Gen Z right there.
This one is for the fashionistas. It’s used to describe someone’s look or style, especially when it’s considered really fashionable. For context, ”You’re dripping with those pants” is how a proper Gen Z will complement your stunning outfit.
This is an acronym for ”if you know you, you know.” It’s mostly used for inside jokes.
Of course, there’s a lot more of them. Gen Zs literally have enough slangs to create a dictionary. And more of them will show up again. But with these, you’re covered and you’re ready to step up your game. How many did you already know?