MTV’s list of hot slang for this year is
strangely familiar, almost like they dipped into the annals of Black Twitter and cherry-picked a few terms to use for their article.
In an article called
MTV announces that the new “in” words and phrases are things like ‘lit’, ‘trash’, ‘drag’, ‘fam’, ‘woke’, ‘high-key’/’low-key’ and ‘live.’ Say Goodbye To ‘On Fleek,’ ‘Basic’ And ‘Squad’ In 2016 And Learn These 10 Words Instead,
But these aren’t new words by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, black America has been using them for some time now, but apparently they weren’t “cool” or “hip” or whatever it is MTV thinks it should be calling their slang phrases until a largely-white audience was alerted to them.
Maybe it’s time MTV stopped stealing from Black Twitter (years after the fact) and got with the times.
Click on each word below to see how they chose to describe it.
What it means: Refers to something that is pretty effing amazing.
Me: “Did you seen 1D perform on ’SNL’?”
Friend: “Yeah, that set was lit.”
What it means: Indicates something or someone is terrible, similar to “garbage.” (“Today smells like warm garbage.”) Basically, anything that’s worthy of being thrown out.
*Sees the L train is down for the 294th time this week*
*Turns to friend*
Me: “The L train is trash.”
What it means: To metaphorically rake someone through the coals or rather, burn them.
Me: “My roommate used up the last roll of toilet paper and hasn’t replaced it in three days.”
Friend 2: “DRAG HER TO THE GROUND.”
What it means: Fam is singular and is short for “family.” Your squad is your group of friends, but your “fam” is directed towards one individual.
Text from friend: “When are you free?”
Me: “idk fam but I’m missing squad.”
What it means: Being aware — specifically in reference to current events and cultural issues.
Person: “I don’t think women are ’better’ than men, so therefore I wouldn’t consider myself a feminist.”
Me: “You need to read some Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Or listen to some Beyoncé. Stay woke, dude.”
What it means: High-key refers to something needing to be said out loud. Low-key is the opposite. Both can refer to an intense like/dislike.
“I’m just low-key in love with him, OK?”