*LIST* THE MOST (& LEAST) POPULAR SLANG FOR EVERY GENERATION
- A new survey reveals the most and least popular slang words for each generation.
- For baby boomers, the most popular terms include bummer, mellow and wannabe, while the least are woke, Gucci and sheesh.
- For Gen Z, selfie, OMG and ghost are the most popular, and the least popular are savage, sksksk and POV.
- Source: Lifehacker
Language changes and evolves over time, with new terms becoming part of our collective vocabulary through pop culture and current events, like “wardrobe malfunction.” While we gain new words, some that have been around for as long as we can remember start to disappear. But when it comes to slang, things come and go at a much faster pace, as they get trendy, then go out of style just as quickly.
A new report reveals the most and least popular slang words for each generation.
Using Google Trends data and a survey of a thousand Americans of varying ages, the team at Preply discovered the old school slang that’s still being used and which words aren’t slaying anymore.
The most popular slang words for each generation:
- Baby boomers - bummer, mellow, wannabe
- Gen X - chill, lame, bummer
- Millennials - OMG, chill, lame
- Gen Z - selfie, OMG, ghost
The slang terms each generation would most like to see come back in style:
- Baby boomers - far out, peace out, bummer
- Gen X - right on, groovy, epic
- Millennials - cool cat, cowabunga, talk to the hand
- Gen Z - YOLO, rad, wazzup
These are the slang words each generation would most like to add to their own vocabulary, as well as where they learn most of these terms:
- Baby boomers - glow up, POV, fire. Top source for learning new slang - younger family members
- Gen X - sksksk, CEO of, POV. Top source - younger family members
- Millennials - sksksk, CEO of, Guap. Top source - YouTube
- Gen Z - sheesh, guap, clap back. Top source - TikTok
The least popular slang words for each generation:
- Baby boomers - woke, Gucci, sheesh
- Gen X - thirsty, clap back, slay
- Millennials - slay, sus, clout
- Gen Z - savage, sksksk, POV
- Who else has a hard time believing that anyone of any age wants cowabunga or wazzup to be popular again?
- What slang words do you hope go out of style soon? Which ones do you use the most?
- What slang words would you like to start using in your own vocabulary? Where do you learn new slang from?