LEARN THE LINGO
Living your best life When what you are doing is helping you live your life to its full potential: ‘I’m eating avocado on toast and living my best life.’ Lit Can either be used to describe an exciting situation or being intoxicated: ‘Let’s get lit tonight.’ Turn up (or turnt up) It’s time to party. Slay Describing someone who looks good and is confident about it: ‘You slay, girl!’ Yaaas queen A positive affirmation, used to greet someone living their best life. Boujee An abbreviation of bourgeois, used to describe something that’s high class: ‘Your nails are so boujee!’ Basic A putdown derived from the term ‘basic bitch’ (someone who is only interested in mainstream fashion and trends). Often used to describe someone who is devoid of any interesting characteristics: ‘You’re so basic.’ Extra Used to describe over-the-top, dramatic behaviour: ‘She’s so extra!’ Cancelled Describing something or someone who is no longer relevant to your life, also something that is not politically correct: ‘You’re cancelled.’ Vibey Used to describe a good atmosphere: ‘It’s vibey in here.’ Bae Acronym of Before Anyone Else, it’s also another word for someone’s boyfriend or girlfriend. Af Shortened version of ‘as f***’, used to exaggerate something’s meaning: ‘You’re basic af.’ Okurrr Formerly ‘OK’, this version is spun out by rolling your tongue. Woke Alert to racial or social discrimination and injustice; frequently in ‘stay woke’.