KEEPING UP WITH THE 21st CENTURY

It is important to keep up to date with the changing and shifting languages and diction of each century, in order to understand context of current times and laziness of said speakers. Please educate yourself on words accordingly, so you too, can fit in.

“Lit”: This adjective most commonly refers to candles, or the past participle version of light. (Ex: I lit the house on fire.) Now, the term lit is still an adjective, but more so refers to something being “good”, “cool” or “bumping.” It has even been furthered to better reflect the original meaning by Urban Dictionary, with the definition “The state of being so intoxicated (regardless of the intoxicating agent) that all the person can do is smile, so that they look lit up like a light.” Now, however, if someone were to say they lit the house on fire, it could have possible connotations of a sick party going on inside the home.

“Babe”: Babe is the 1995 film directed by Chris Noonan about farther Arthur Hoggett and his piglet named Babe. Babe escaped his fate as food and ended up in good company and good spirits when he learns his potential to herd sheep. Now, the word babe is no longer about pigs, the social hierarchy of farms, or animal liberation, but rather about someone’s “boo” or person of interest. The word has been furthered short formed to “Bae”, which is currently in crisis of meaning. The debates around the word are that “Bae” is 1. derived from the abbreviations “before anyone else” or 2. simply a lazier version of babe. If you are aware of real and authentic the origins of the word “Bae”, please contact the editorial board.

“Chill”: This word, often used to describe the wind-chill factors, air temperatures, or instructions to cool off baked goods in the refrigerator, has become a common word that has both sexual connotations we well as laid-back associations. The ambiguous word can mean to “chill”, as is to make like an ice cube and metaphorically melt and do nothing, to the new saying, “Netflix and chill,” where the word often refers to the potential of dim-light, movie induced sexual relations. However, neither of those refer to the physical temperature of either actions. The word chill, is no longer chill.

“Squad”: This military term, meaning a small number of soldiers (most commonly prices, a staff sergeant, and a corporal), refers to the smallest type of military unit. However, with the adaption into contemporary times, now refers to any group of young teenagers on Instagram in a ‘thug’ like stance. Commonly referred to phrases including the word ‘squad’ are “Squad on fleek”, “Squad goals”, or “My squad > yours”, meaning that their squad is greater than whatever squad the reader is a part of, if a part of any squad at all.

“Family”: The word deriving from a world history of human relations has transformed into one of the most general concepts in the history of general concepts. The word family was most commonly used to describe a related unit, often seen in the baby-boom era as used to define a “nuclear family” — a unit that consisted of a typical mom, dad, and 2 children. Now “family” is short-formed to “Fam” and now used to describe anyone in close contact to an individual. This word can be used sarcastically, (ex: Okay, fam, chill out!) but also used intrinsically when directed to a group of friends (ex: Yo fam, these tacos are dope). You are welcome.

Jamie Lupia

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