18 Millennial Slang Words and Phrases You Need to Know


Sometimes there's nothing more confusing than the vocabulary of a millennial. It seems like new slang words and phrases pop up all the time and spread like wildfire across social media. I have to admit, sometimes even I stumble across words that I totally don't understand. I put together a list of millennial slang that I've been hearing or seeing a lot lately, so if you need to brush up on the latest lingo, take a peek below: 

1. It's Lit
Meant to describe something that is fun or to express that you're having fun. 

Used in a sentence: "Yo, you on your way to the party? Get here ASAP. It's lit." 

Standing for "fear of missing out," this term is used to show remorse for not being able to attend an event or function. 

Used in a sentence: "Ugh, the Taylor Swift concert is tonight and I didn't get tickets. I already know I'm going to have major FOMO after watching everyone's Snapchat stories."

3. Ion
A lazy way of saying "I don't." Could also be used as an acronym for "in other news."

Used in a sentence: "I guess I should go to the gym today, but ion wanna."  

4. Ship
A word used to express that you approve of a relationship. Often used to describe your opinion on a coupling or pairing of celebrities, TV/movie characters, etc. 

Used in a sentence: "Hanna and Caleb are seriously the cutest couple from PLL. I totally ship them!"

5. Ghost
When someone just completely disappears or leaves you hanging. This is a popular term to use when describing someone who abandoned a relationship. Usually used as a verb in the past tense. 

Used in a sentence: "I don't know what happened. We were hanging out one day, and then the next day he completely ghosted me."

6. Lowkey/Highkey
Highkey = usually used in place of "very" or "a lot." 
Lowkey = usually used in place of "not really" or "not a lot." 

Used in a sentence: "Lowkey want to make a Starbucks run, highkey don't want to wait in line for a Vanilla Bean Creme Frappucinno." 

7. Bae
Technically, bae stands for: "before anyone else." It's used as a term of endearment, similar to the word "babe" or "baby." 

Used in a sentence: "No, I can't come out tonight. Bae and I are going to dinner and a movie."

8. V
In short, V = "very." Simple as that. 

Used in a sentence: "Pick up Taco Bell on your way home. I'm v hungry." 

9. TFW
Acronym for "that feeling when." 

Used in a sentence: "TFW you wake up before your alarm goes off and realize you still have time to sleep." 

10. Extra
Usually describes something as being excessive or unnecessary. 

Used in a sentence: "I totally get the beef between Kanye and Taylor, but recording and leaking their conversation...now that's extra."  

11. RN
Acronym for "right now." 

Used in a sentence: "The last thing I want to do RN is get out of bed." 

12. Fire
Similar to "off the chain" or "off the hook," fire is used to describe something that is really cool or impressive. 

Used in a sentence: "Remember that song Aaron's Party? That track was straight fire."

13. Shook
To be in utter disbelief or to be confused by something that just happened. 

Used in a sentence:  "Wait, the Patriots came back from behind and won the Super Bowl? I'm shook."

14. Squad
Used to reference a group of friends (either yours or someone else's). 

Used in a sentence: "Yeah, the squad is rolling out at 10:30. We'll meet you at the club." 

15. Goals
A way of subtly expressing that you're jealous of or you admire someone/something. 

Used in a sentence: "Her boyfriend bought her a new Louis Vuitton purse AND he took her to that new steak house. That's goals."

16. Fam
What you refer to your closest friends as. A different word for "friends" or just a shortened version of "family." 

Used in a sentence: "Are you still mad at me? Nah fam, don't even worry about it. We're totally good!" 

17. GOAT
This acronym means "greatest of all time." 

Used in a sentence: "I don't really care what you say, Michael Phelps is GOAT." 

And a bonus phrase:  
18. Cash Me Outside Howbow Dah

First seen on Dr. Phil, this phrase is a different way of saying "let's take this outside." Usually someone would say this phrase with the intention of resolving an issue through a conversation or a fight. 

How many millennial slang words and phrases do you recognize in the list above? Tell me which word you're guilty of using in the comments below!