11 Gen Z Terms That are Confusing but Very Peng and Fire
Every generation has its own sayings and terms that it created. Usually, it’s met with an eye roll by its elders.
Baby boomers had “it’s a gas,” “groovy,” and “square.” Generation X served up “gnarly,” “stoked,” “gag me with a spoon,” and “talk to the hand.” Millennials gave us “sorry, not sorry,” “bae,” “trolling,” “woke,” and “sus.”
Maybe you’re familiar with most of them, however, there’s a good chance you’re not aware of some of the words and phrases the Gen Z folks have brought into the world.
Those crazy kids born between 1997 and 2012 have some good, but confusing terms that Yahoo shared and listed for our enjoyment. They refer to a study by Mentos Gum that shows “nearly half (49%) of the 2,000 people polled … believe that Gen Z has the quirkiest terminology out of all generations.”
Here are some of the oddest on their list:
Choong – describes someone attractive: “That girl on the train was choong.”
Leng – describes a beautiful object or person: “That guy is leng.” or “This painting is leng.”
‘It slaps’ – when something is desirable or good: “This meal slaps.”
‘This hits different’ – something out of the ordinary or better than usual: “I haven’t eaten all day, this pizza hits different.”
Peng – someone or something very attractive or desirable: “He’s peng.” or “That’s peng.”
Aired – to be ignored: “I’ve been messaging her all day but she aired me.”
Ick – cringe, something you get: “He ate like a dog, it gave me the ick” or “She’s way too clingy, it’s such an ick.”
Snatched – beautiful body or face: “Your make-up is snatched” or “Her body is snatched.”
Drip – describes an outfit, accessory or person: “Your outfit is drippy” or “He had insane drip.”
Fire – something that is really good: “This song is fire.”
Fresh – how someone carries themselves, someone that is dressed well: “You look fresh!”
I have two Gen Z kids, and I tried to work some of their terms into our conversation. While I thought the idea was fresh, they aired me because it gave them the ick.
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