20 Popular Slang Words and Their Meanings

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Bae

No, it’s not short for babe or baby. The letters actually represent the phrase “before anyone else,” usually referring to the speaker’s significant other.

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Bye Felicia

The perfect dismissal, bye Felicia dates back to the 1995 movie Friday, when Ice Cube shuts down a character named (you guessed it) Felicia.

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Extra

Not too different than its dictionary definition, extra in a slang sense usually translates to over the top. The key difference? It’s kinda got a negative connotation, as in trying too hard or doing too much.

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GOAT

Often accompanied with the requisite goat emoji (🐐 ), GOAT is an acronym for “greatest of all time,” and pops up a lot when people start arguing about sports. Think Serena Williams or LeBron James.

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High Key

If you think you’ve mastered the phrase “low key” (= on the down low), try using its antonym. Anything you’re saying loud and proud is definitely high key.

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JOMO

We’ve all experienced FOMO, or the “fear of missing out,” but JOMO describes the opposite. If you’re more than content to stay in and watch Netflix, that’s the “joy of missing out.”

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Kk

Legend has it kk originated in online gaming forums as an abbreviation for “okay, cool,” except the two Ks refer to the more informal “k, kewl.” Put it together, and it usually signals “messaged received,” or “gotcha.”

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LB

Instagrammers know that LB stands for “like back,” while FB similarly means “follow back.” If you start seeing these all over your post’s comments, know that some people want tit for tat — essentially I like your photo, you like mine.

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Lit

“Lit” can mean cool — especially when it comes to parties — but some people also use it as a synonym for drunk or high. Moms, you’ve been…

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