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Some Gen Z Words to Add to Your Dictionary

Some Gen Z Words to Add to Your Dictionary

If you want your law practice to be all fire and wig with a minimum of Big Yikes, this is the blogpost for you.

If, on the other hand, you find the above sentence to be gibberish, you haven’t been hanging around many teens or Gen Zers lately.

“In a world dominated by meme culture, ever-changing social media platforms, and the ability to cram your thoughts into a 280-character tweet, your grasp of basic slang can make or break your credibility as a functional and supposedly cool human,” writes Dominic-Madori Davis for Business Insider.

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23 Gen Z Slang Terms You May (Or May Not) Need to Know

The following list is courtesy of Davis and Business Insider):

  1. Extra: Unnecessarily dramatic and over the top.
  2. Periodt: A word used at the end of a sentence for emphasis; a more intense version of “period.”
  3. Snatched: Fierce, on point, or excellent, especially regarding personal appearance.
  4. Wig: Amazing.
  5. Big Yikes: A more emphatic version of “yikes.”
  6. Fit: Short for “outfit.”
  7. Bet: A synonym for “okay” or “yes;” also, a response when you’re challenged by someone.
  8. Fire: Something really cool and amazing.
  9. Cap: To lie.
  10. No Cap: To tell the truth.
  11. Shade: A critical or snarky comment; becomes a verb when preceded by “throw.”
  12. Flex: To flaunt or show off.
  13. Lewk: A variation of “look;” a signature physical trait, or a well-considered outfit.
  14. Lit: Something amazing and exciting.
  15. Lowkey: Secretive or discreet.
  16. Highkey: Sincere or assertive.
  17. Salty: To be annoyed or upset, usually over something minor.
  18. Slay: To do an awesome job.
  19. Shook: Affected by something, usually negatively and emotionally; synonyms are shocked or scared.
  20. Stan: As a noun, an overzealous and obsessive fan; as a verb, to be such a fan; also, sometimes used to express tepid support of someone or something.
  21. Tea: Gossip; also, an expression of agreement.
  22. Thirsty: Too eager, desperate, especially for attention or compliments.
  23. Yeet: An expression of strong emotional reaction, often for humorous effect: as a verb, to throw something forcefully.


Jay Reeves is author of The Most Powerful Attorney in the World. He practiced law in North Carolina and South Carolina. Now he writes and speaks at CLEs, keynotes and in-firm presentations on lawyer professionalism and well-being. He runs Your Law Life LLC, a training and consulting company that helps lawyers add purpose, profits and peace of mind to their practices. Contact or 919-619-2441.


About the Author

Jay Reeves

Jay Reeves practiced law in North Carolina and South Carolina. He was Legal Editor at Lawyers Weekly and Risk Manager at Lawyers Mutual. He is the author of The Most Powerful Attorney in the World, a collection of short stories from a law life well-lived, which as the seasons pass becomes less about law and liability and more about loss, love, longing, laughter and life's lasting luminescence.

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