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12 Millennial slang terms you should know

12 Millennial slang terms you should know

The Pew Research Center has specified that the millennial generation was born between 1981 and 1996.

According to Investopedia, Millennials are so named because they were born near, or came of age during, the dawn of the 21st century—the new millennium. As the first to be born into a digital world, members of this group are considered digital natives. Technology has always been a part of their everyday lives—it’s been estimated that they check their phones as many as 150 times daily—and serving them has been a major contributing factor to the growth of Silicon Valley and other technology hubs.

Are you willing to connect with your children or a new millennial, this guide of 20 slang word is for you. Have a look.


I did something or I built something are famous examples of humblebragging among millennials. If you decide to engage in this action, be cautious: A study published in 2018 revealed that humblebragging may make people dislike you.

If bragging about your accomplishments makes you feel self-conscious, you may be counted among the humblebrag group.


Totes is an abbreviated form of totally. The slang was popularized in the 2009 bro-comedy I Love You, Man, where the character played by Paul Rudd expresses ironic excitement over a jam session: “Yeah! Totally! Totes McGotes! Cool!” Just days after the film was released Urban Dictionary entries for totes magotes appear.

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Millennials invented this word to describe a phenomena that was unique to their generation as more of their dating life shifted online. The term “ghosting” refers to the act of abruptly ceasing communication with someone in your life without notice.

Cool beans

According to Merriam-Webster, this slang term dates back to 1985 when the oldest Millennials were just 4 years old. Though they may not have coined the phrase, the generation definitely popularized it in the 1990s and 2000s.

To convey acceptance, cool beans and cool can be used interchangeably.


FOMO (fear of missing out) is an abbreviation that stands for “fear of missing out.” It’s a term that represents the common fear of people having fun while you’re absent, and it’s been increasingly popular in recent years. FOMO became a big aspect of the millennial experience as social media got more popular in the 2000s.


A puppy or kitten, for example, is described as being extremely small and lovely using this variant spelling of small. If the subject is particularly little, it is referred to as a smol bean (beans are a running theme in the Millennial vernacular, apparently).


They’re basically blockheads who post derogatory comments about strangers on the internet.


Addressing a close friend or group of friends (short for family). Eg. “You’re fam, you get me.”


Terms heard from K-pop fans. If a particular member of a band is your favourite, they’re your bias. Eg. “Jungkook is my bias.”


Over the top or excessive. Someone can be extra glam or extra organised. Eg. “She’s so extra, her shoes are alphabetically arranged by brand.”


Someone uncool or boring. Eg. “He’s basic. He just follows fashion trends blindly.”


Something outstanding, or intensely fun and exciting. Earlier, it just referred to intoxicated but now has a broader use. Eg. “This party is lit.”

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