Slang Moving From Social Media to Conversation

Social Media is always looking for the new trending slang to use in today’s society. These unique words come from different regions of the country and represent different meanings. Here are some of the big trending words and their origins:

Ja Feel

The phrase “ja feel” emerged after a scene in 21 Jump Street where Dave Franco asked Jonah Hill for his agreement by asking “ja feel?” to which a bewildered Hill replied, “Ja definitely feel.”

Ja feel is way of checking for understanding with another party such as, “Cats are probably the cutest animals on earth, ja feel?” (pronounced jah-FEEL)

It can also be used as a reply to another individual to affirm that you comprehend what they are saying, “I’m thinking about getting a cat for my mom for Christmas so she will feel bad taking it back.”

“Ja feel” (pronounced JAH-feel).

YOLO

Trying to decide if you should risk something or not? YOLO!

YOLO is an acronym for “you only live once.” It has been around for years; Adam Mesh was the first person to use the acronym in 2004, when he created a clothing line. However, it has really taken off in the past few years. YOLO really became popular when Drake sang about it in his song “Motto.”

Not all YOLO themed ideas have to be bad and consist of stupid, drunken choices. Some choose to live under the motto of you only live once simply to realize to not to take life for granted; Also, it would help people think to not miss out or give up on a great opportunity. It can be exactly what you make it; your choice…YOLO!

Ooh Kill em

Vine sensation “Lil Terio,” was just an average child goofing around with his older cousin until about 4 months ago.

Since then, Terio has been seen on vine doing his popular “ooh kill em” dance and making music. His phrase “ooh kill em” took the Internet by storm. Celebrities from Will Smith to Drake was now using this phrase at some point. This was definitely the most popular phrase of 2013.

Swag

Swag. You hear this word everywhere: kids down the block say it, you hear it in the hallways, and out in town.

Typically, swag is used when talking about something ‘cool.’ For example, someone may use “swagger” when talking about someone’s outfit. A lot of the time, you hear it used by itself after a sentence like, “Look at these new shoes I just bought. Swag.”

What doesn’t make any sense, is the actual definition of the word. Swag is used as a synonym with sway, according to the Mirriam Webster Dictionary. However, the third definition for the word is: “goods acquired by unlawful means: loot.” But then, slang rarely has anything to do with the dictionary. Correct or not, these words are making their way from social media to normal conversation.

-RJ Simms, Contributing Writer


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