The Viral Words You Need To Know

Wondering why everyone's suddenly talking about being the "GOAT"?
Don't know whether being "snatched" is an insult or a compliment?
Confused as to how a human being could be referred to as "salty"?
You're not alone. It's a brave new world out there with fresh slang seemingly popping up every single bloody day. Even the coolest among us sometimes struggle to understand how words that definitely have real meanings don't seem to be used properly anymore. It used to be enough to Google "What are the new slang words?" but slang itself is pretty irrelevant these days.
Enter Refinery29: we're here to bring you up to speed with our dictionary of the latest hot slang words. You may notice that many of these words lack a certain je ne sais quoi, and that is because they have no “quoi.” They are, for the most part, a bunch of silly, goofy words. But they're so damn fun to use.
So live a little, and indulge your inner Kim Kardashian. We're not getting any younger, and the wild world of viral words is not one to be afraid of — it's one to embrace. You'd better be turnt.
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Here's a bit of social media knowledge for you: If you use Instagram and follow celebrities, you have surely seen a few "FB!" and "LB" messages in their comments sections. No, FB doesn't mean Facebook, but that's a good guess. It actually means "follow back," while LB means "like back." The purpose of writing these is to get more likes and followers on your Instagram page. Give it a try! (I don't think it works.)

"Why does every photo on Kylie Jenner's account say 'LBLBLBLBLBLB'?""Oh, those are teens begging for people to visit their Instagram pages and like their photos."
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If something helped you but no longer serves you, say "Thank U, Next" and move on. But don't, under any circumstances, confuse this Ariana Grande lyric with a similar term like "Bye, Felicia." "Thank U, Next" is, above all else, mature and positive. Let's use it as such.
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Crazy! But you knew this one, right? It would be cray if you didn't.

I'll just say...her little display last night was cray.
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It's not the Italian fashion company. "Gucci" in slang means good, fine, or okay.

"I'm coming over at 10 and we're going to eat pigs in blankets before going out."

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New friends — who needs 'em? You can throw this phrase around whenever you're bragging about your squad, or subtly dissing the people who aren't as committed to maintaining friendship as the members of core group are.

*posts photo of friend group of instagram*

*adds caption: "No new friends"*
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Odds are, you've heard the Kardashian-Jenners throwing around the word "Bible" on KUWTK. The sisters will begin a statement with "Bible" if they're about to say the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. It's also a way to get someone to stop lying.

Bible, I didn't take your green dress.


Do you like him or not? Say Bible.
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Millennials needed to create a verb that described any and all duties associated with being a bona fide grown-up. This means paying taxes, working through the summer instead of having vacation, changing your car oil, playing nice with coworkers, and having "adult" concerns.

"I can't believe I just spent this much on a vacuum."

"That's adulting for ya, baby!"
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Thanks, social media for becoming a cesspool of useless plugs. A "plug" is a shameless and blatant endorsement for a product, person, or brand by a celebrity. Think: FitTea ads, make-up promos, or singers dancing to their own songs in a Snapchat. These endorsements are usually paid and often meant to subliminally make their followers want to engage in whatever item or person they're promoting.

"Did you see Kylie Jenner plug her new eye shadow palette on Snapchat every day for the past week?""Ugh, yes. And her friend's new song was plugged in there, too."


"Does 50 Cent have to tag his vodka brand in every post?""What's the plug?""#EffenVodka""Oh, of course it is."
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When you're just over it and can't even for a minute longer.

"So, how was work?""I'm DONE. Done."
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We already learned “dead,” so now we’re ready to move onto another variation on the word. TD stands for "to die." Most often used when something is too amazing and you’re worried you might just…die.

“Do you like this jacket on me?"
"It's TD. Buy it."
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Use this response when you 100% agree with a statement. One-hundred percent = hundo p. Only use it when you are positive about something.

"Do you think you're going to go to the party tonight?""Hundo p — let's split an Uber."
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Remember that T-Mobile commercial where everyone answered the phone “Wussup?” and it became the most obnoxious greeting ever? This is the 2016 version of that. It is a combination of the word “sup” and “huh,” making you sound confused and interested at the same time. It has its roots in this viral video. It caught on fast enough. Gigi Hadid even did a Vine of herself “suh-ing” earlier this year. (Fun fact: I’m in the background of the video texting.)

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When someone acts, looks, or comes off as classless or tasteless. It's a take on the term "trailer trash" and is quite the insult to either a person or a place, so be wary when using it.

"Did you read Piers Morgan's comments on Beyoncé?"
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FR means "for real." That's all.

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Another way of saying, "Damn — you look good." You can use "snatched" where you'd use "on fleek."

Your outfit is snatched.
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Another simple linguistic equation. True + real = trill.

"Tell me about yourself."

"Dunno. I guess I'm trill."

"That's very trill of you to say."
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Low key can be used in place of the formerly popular phrase "down low," because usually people say low key when they are about to say something they don't want everyone to know about. It's almost like a guilty pleasure. It is also the antithesis of high key.

"I low key tripped walking onto the tube today."


"I am low key addicted to using Kimoji."
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An expression of approval and appreciation, most often used as a term of positive endearment. The opposite of the formerly popular “Bye, Felicia.” Both have their roots in '90s one-liners. The expression was first used in the sitcom Martin, in exchanges between Martin Lawrence's character and his partner, Gina.

"Damn Gina!"
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An abbreviation of the word “suspect” and "suspicious." A word to describe a shady situation or person.

“This frat bathroom is so sus."


"Why is he sussin?"
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To delete someone, or something, out of your life. A broader version of ghosting. It's often used in the past tense.

"Have you talked to that guy from Tinder?"
"Nah, it's cancelled."
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An acronym for "one true pairing," OTP is especially used in fandoms to describe a person's favourite fictional couple.

Doctor Who fandom: While I love River Song, Rose and the Tenth Doctor are my OTP.

Harry Potter fandom: Sure, I acknowledge that Luna Lovegood married another person, but she and Neville are my OTP.

Parks and Rec fandom: Leslie Knope and waffles are clearly the correct OTP.
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In the game of life, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. Of course, there's a new way to say that in 2017. For the good times, just say "W" (pronounced ‘dub’) and for the bad, simply state "L." Each initial stands for "a win" or "a loss," respectively.

"I just got the new Yeezys." "Damn! That’s a W."

"I just failed my driving test." "Man, sometimes you gotta just take the L."
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An abbreviation of the word "sister" as well as an acronym for "sisters in spirit," a.k.a. your besties. The new way to describe girls in your squad. You probably take lots of Snapchats together.

“SIS, let's take a group selfie Snapchat!”
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When something is really fun, exciting, and enjoyable, it gives you life and makes you live. In many cases it could be read as the typical definition of the word, but in this case it is way cooler.

"I was living for that party on Saturday."
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We've already covered low key, now we have high key. When something is high key, it is the straight-up truth and there is no denying it. Once you proclaim something to be high key, you are all in.

"High key love Refinery29."
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In case you ever feel the need to say the most passive-aggressive insult of all, there’s “hunty.” A favourite on RuPaul’s Drag Race, the word combines the terms “cunt” and “honey” to create a dangerously creative term of endearment.

[Walks in late to friend’s birthday dinner]

“Hey hunties, sorry I'm late!”
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An informal way to address any male. Can also be said with a slight inflection to signify an interest in said male.

"Hey, dad"


"He is a da-ad."

Note: TOTALLY different than "daddy."
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To perfect or smooth things out, both visually and emotionally. Also when someone carries themselves with extreme elegance and style. (Bruno Mars is a fan.)

"What're you doing tonight?"
"I'm gonna finesse my closet."


"That's so cool."
"No man, that's finesse."
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This one letter takes the place of the entire word “very.” It can be used in a plethora of ways. The possibilities are endless.

“This margarita is v strong.”


“Are you excited tomorrow’s Friday?”



“Did you read the latest piece from Refinery29 about all those new viral words you need to know?”
“Why yes, I did. It was v helpful and v much appreciated.”
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Dare we even reveal the meaning behind this very, very simple slang word? Like "v," "p" is just a shortening of a word. When people say "p," they mean "pretty."

Beginner slang: That new Netflix show is p cool.

Advanced slang: I'm p much not going to do anything when I go home, and I'm high-key excited for it. No FOMO for me.
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Birdman made "respek" into an iconic term after his rant on radio show The Breakfast Club. He urged the hosts to show him some respect, by adding some "respek" on his name.

"Please put some respeck on The Dutchess because it is an album of bangers."


"You need to put some respeck on Beyoncé’s name.”
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No, this doesn't describe an aggressive barnyard animal. Goat is actually an acronym for "Greatest of All Time." The term's actually been used in sports broadcasting to describe athletes since the 1990s, and pops up in hip hop tracks.

You: "I'm the goat."

Me: *raise single eyebrow skeptically*
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"TFW" is an acronym for "that feel when." Naturally, you use the phrase to describe your emotional landscape at any given moment. It's typically used in texting.

TFW you realise you've poured orange juice into your cereal into milk.

TFW you're about to go cliff-jumping but realise your bathing suit is dangerously loose.
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If you're keeping it 100, you're acting in a way that's true to yourself and aligned with your values, as well as being respectful to others.

Larry Wilmore always kept it 100 during his daily TV show segment, "Keep it 100."
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Another way of saying, "Damn — you look good." You can use "snatched" where you'd use "on fleek."

Your outfit is snatched.
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To be exceptionally bitter or agitated. This particular irritation typically stems from a past event that you still haven't gotten over.

Melissa didn't ask me to be her bridesmaid even though she promised me she would while we were in college, and I'm totally salty about it.


"Do you see how salty Jen is being? I think she just rolled her eyes at me. Get over it, Jen, the wedding was six years ago."

"But Melissa, I mean, you were best friends."
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Turnt is an abbreviation for "turned up." It can either mean being really excited for some upcoming event — or it means you're having fun because you're drunk.

It's New Year's Eve so of course I'm getting turnt tonight.

The morning after getting turnt, roll over and groggily drag yourself to brunch.
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Shout out to Taylor Swift for this one. She gave a word formerly reserved for boring book reports a 2016 make-over when she unknowingly created one of the best memes and viral words of 2016. This phrase is best used in response to a request that you would really rather not perform or take part in. This includes: doing work, paying rent, going to meetings, and other laborious activities.

"I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative, one that I have never asked to be a part of, since 2009."


"I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative."
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In case you ever feel the need to say the most passive-aggressive insult of all, there’s “hunty.” A favourite on RuPaul’s Drag Race, the word combines the terms “cunt” and “honey” to create a dangerously creative term of endearment.

[Walks in late to friend’s birthday dinner]

“Hey hunties, sorry I'm late!”

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