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23 slang words teens and Gen Zers are using in 2020, and what they mean

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Teens and members of Gen Z are now using a slew of new slang terms, many of which are confusing to older generations.
If you’ve ever wondered what terms like “periodt,” “snatched,” or “big yikes” mean — then this guide is for you. 
Here’s a list of 23 popular terms and the correct way to use each of them. 
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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. 

Scroll through the comments of any Gen Z influencer’s Instagram feed, and you may feel completely out of the loop on what the world is talking about. 

Though many of these terms have been around for decades, oftentimes derived from the language of black and queer communities, online spaces have made the spread, appropriation, and evolution of language more rapid than ever before. 

Whether you’re a millennial, Gen Xer, or baby boomer trying to stay up to date — or a Gen Zer in need of an explanation — here’s a handy list of 23 popular slang terms and the correct way to use them all. 

Ally Spier contributed to an earlier version of this article.

Extra: To be “extra” is to be unnecessarily dramatic and over the top.
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“She celebrated her birthday for an entire month. She’s so extra.” 

Source: Merriam-Webster

Periodt: “Periodt” is a word used at the end of a sentence, meant to add emphasis to a point that has been made. It is often regarded as a more extreme or intense version of “period.” It is also often preceded by the words “and that’s on” to add further emphasis.
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A comma separates “periodt” from the rest of the sentence. It also sometimes seen as “periot.”

Situation One: “I don’t want to hear anything else about what I’m doing wrong until you find ways to get yourself right, periodt.”

Situation Two: “This is the best movie of all time, and that’s on periodt.”

Source: Urban Dictionary

Snatched: The word “snatched” has two common definitions. The first refers to when someone is wearing something that is very fashionable, or has a look that looks really good. The second refers to the process of supporting an insult against someone who has lost an argument.
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Situation One: “That outfit is snatched, you look so good.”

Situation Two: “Then I said, ‘by the way, everything you said and stand for is wrong, and I can’t even believe people as ignorant as you exist’.” “Oop, snatched.” 

Source: Urban Dictionary

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