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Bae
Bae
Perhaps the biggest slang term of the year was "bae," which is a shortened form of "babe" and also an acronym for "before anyone else." The word is used as a term of endearment for a significant other, or sometimes about food or things you just really like. Pharrell made use of the popular word in his song "Come Get It Bae."
Thot
Thot
Standing for "that ho over there," thot was a huge term in hip hop culture that crossed over to the mainstream in 2014. Although several people have added meanings to the word, the basic definition is just a promiscuous girl.
Basic
Basic
The other huge term mostly used for women in 2014 was "basic." Basic girls came to be defined as girls who like the things that every girl stereotypically likes, therefore coming off as having no real defining character traits. Popular basic interests are Starbucks, Ugg boots, "Sex & the City," and Instagram filters.
Shade
Shade
Shade is a term that has been popular in the drag community for years, but became popular in the mainstream in 2014. To throw shade is to subtly insult somebody. Saying something negative in a pleasant way, like "I love how you just don't care what you look like," would be considered shade.
Turnt
Turnt
Getting turnt or turning up became the new way of saying that you were in full party mode, which usually meant you were drinking large amounts of alcohol.
Yas
Yas
Originating from a viral video of an enthusiastic fan screaming at Lady Gaga about how good she looked, "yas" and its variations that include anywhere from one to a million more a's and s's, became the new exclamation of love in 2014. It's like saying "yes," but meaning so so much more that just "yes."
Bye Felicia
Bye Felicia
Although this phrase actually originated from a 1995 movie called "Friday," it has become widely used both in 2013 and 2014. Basically, the phrase is used as an act of disrespect whenever somebody that you don't care about leaves the room.
Swerve
Swerve
Used extensively in Kanye West's "Mercy," "swerve" can take on a variety of meanings. Most often, it is used to call someone out on a lie, or to tell someone to go away.
Can't Even
Can't Even
This phrase was the bane of so many people's lives in 2014. Often paired with a "literally," 2014 found so many people who got so excited, angry, sad, or overcome by any other emotion that they "couldn't even." What they really "can't even" do is finish a sentence.
Slay
Slay
Similar to "yas," "slay" became a term used often in fashion (although definitely not exclusively) to describe a person who is looking or doing something that is amazing. When you are slaying, it means that you are at the top of your game.
Doe
Doe
Sorry, Sister Maria, it doesn't mean a female deer any more. In 2014, "doe" was used as a replacement for "though," following the trend to replace "th" sounds with "d" sounds. It's often used at the end of sentence fragments to express that the person was impressed by something, such as "that finale, doe."
Fleek
Fleek
One of the more recent slang terms on this list, using the word "fleek" started becoming popular in the last half of 2014 when a Vine user uploaded a video stating that her eyebrow were "on fleek." Basically, something being on fleek means that it is looking perfect.
TBT
TBT
What started as a trending hashtag became a linguistic phenomenon when nostalgia-loving millennials made every day Throwback Thursday. Every Thursday, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter flood with old photos, but more than that -- people use the phrase "TBT" in everyday conversation to recall past events, such as "TBT to that time we went on a road trip."
Ship
Ship
No, it's not a floating vessel in this sense, but rather a shortened and verbified form of "relationship." As internet connections grow, so do fandoms of popular shows, allowing these superfans to debate favorite characters and moments. The imagination of these fans often leads to "shipping," or imagining two characters being in a relationship that aren't in one canonically.
Yeet
Yeet
When a Vine featuring a boy performing a jerky dance tagged as #Yeet went viral, a new dance phenomenon had begun. Soon, everyone was making their own yeet videos, and even using the word in their conversations. It came to be an exclamation of excitement about something.
AF
AF
We already had OMG, LOL, and WTF, but 2014 brought about a new acronym that was popularized thanks to texting and online chatting. Abbreviating "as f***" as AF has been happening for a while, but it was never actually spoken aloud as much as 2014. Some pronounce it "A Eff" and others simply "af." Phrases like "I'm hungry AF" soon became common to hear in actual conversation.
Thirsty
Thirsty
Usually, when you're thirsty, you want water or some beverage, but in the slang terms, you want something a little more racy. The closest one-word definition of "thirsty" would probably be horny, but it also adds a bit of desperation to the mix. The phrase "the thirst is real" is a variation of this word that became popular.
Aesthetic
Aesthetic
One internet trend that nobody was really expecting was the rise of the word "aesthetic." The way "aesthetic" is used is as a personal statement of taste, or, more often, a one-word excuse to post absolutely ridiculous photos.
Squad
Squad
Crews, posses, and gangs are a thing of the past; in 2014, the name for your group of friends was squad. And your squad doesn't just arrive places, they roll up.
Bible
Bible
We have the Kardashians to thank (or blame) for this one; they've been using it for years. Saying the word "Bible" after making a promise or telling a story basically translates to "I swear on the Bible."
Feels
Feels
The popular slang of 2014 had an interesting theme of being unable to express an intense outpouring of emotion. Similar to "I can't even," people would refer to their "feels" as the intense emotions that overpower them.
Flex
Flex
The formal meaning of flex is to show off your muscles, and the slang meaning broadens that to just showing off in general, usually with money. Hip hop duo Rae Sremmurd condemned the activity of flexing in "No Flex Zone," and once Nicki Minaj jumped on the remix, it was brought into the mainstream.
Dead
Dead
"Dead" is another one of those words that people use when they are so overcome with emotion that they can't say anything else. Usually people will say "dead" in reference to something they found hilarious, as in "He stood up in the middle of class and started singing! Dead!"
Zero Chill
Zero Chill
We all know the phrases "chill out" and "take a chill pill," so if you didn't already know, you can probably assume the meaning of the newly popular "zero chill." Someone is said to have zero chill when they go absolutely all out on something.
Sickening
Sickening
This is another word taken from drag culture. Although, in the traditional sense, something that is sickening is a bad thing, this is the exact opposite. The slang usage of sickening refers to something that is insanely good, such as "Nicki's verse in that rap was sickening!"
Or Nah
Or Nah
In 2014, Ty Dolla $ign released a song entitled "Or Nah," which featured the rapper asking several questions ending in "or nah?" The phrase took of and became the trendy way to end yes or no questions.
Stay Woke
Stay Woke
A lot of tragic events happened in 2014, and social media played a larger part in the controversies of this year than any before it. People used their Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and other pages to share whatever information they could find on major news events. The phrase "stay woke" is often added to remind people to continue paying attention to often overlooked information about a major phenomenon.
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