Decoding GenZ

GenZ Slang 

Do you often feel sus-ed out by Gen Z’s slang? They have their slang and lingo that can sometimes sound like an out-of-the-world language. You will get major FOMO (fear of missing out) if you aren’t quick enough to catch on to this slang. Fortunately, we have a guide to the Gen Z slang phrases that all millennials should know.

1. Stan –

If you stan someone, it means you’re obsessed with something but not in a creepy way. It is a combination of “stalker” and “fan”. 


Person 1: I just love that girl so much that I would track her every move if I could

Person 2: woah don’t be such a stan

2. Low-key –

Low key can either mean “secretly” or “chill.” In the slang sense, it’s more about a subtle feeling or something you want to keep hidden. 


“I don’t want my family to know. Keep this lowkey.”

“I have a low-key crush on Aditya Roy Kapoor.”

3. High-key – 

Exactly opposite to lowkey, High-key is used to express open excitement about something. 


“I’m high-key excited for my birthday”

4. Simp –

It means someone who shows excessive attention towards another person, typically someone who does not show the same interest. A simp is someone who does way too much for a person and It’s usually used in a demeaning way to imply someone is paying weird amounts of attention to another person.

It is mostly used for men. 


“He is a major simp for ditching our plan to be with that girl”

5. No cap – 

In Black slang, to cap about something means “to brag, exaggerate, or lie” about it.  No cap, then, has evolved as another way of saying “no lie” or “for real.” It means being real, authentic, and truthful.

Example – 

“I’m going to study harder this semester, no cap”

6. Drip – 

In previous generations, drip was slang for an unattractive or boring person. But in this generation, if someone mentions drip, it’s actually a good thing. Drip refers to a person’s dressing sense or style, particularly when it’s considered extremely fashionable. So from now if someone mentions your drip, you know that you can take it as a compliment. 


“Omg, you are looking drippin hot”

7. OK boomer –

Both Gen Z and Millennials generations helped popularize this phrase starting in 2019, and it’s still going strong today. This is the only phrase that is common among both generations. It’s used humorously to dismiss out-of-touch commentary from people of any age group. 


Person 1 – “When I was your age, I was saving up to buy clothes for my parents. I wasn’t spending all my money carelessly”

Person 2 – “ok boomer”

8. Main Character – 

This is a phrase used to describe someone who is generally well-liked and fascinating. It can also be used to describe someone when they’re making a scene, not necessarily in a bad way. The main character also refers to someone who is the subject of viral outrage on social media. 


“Siddharth and Kiara are the main characters these days on social media”

9. Bussin’ –

If you feel something is really good, you might describe it as bussin’. The younger generations use this term for everything from a great outfit to a good movie. It is majorly used to describe delicious food. 


“This food is Bussin”

10. Ghosting –

Ghosting someone means you suddenly start ignoring that person. This usually happens on dating apps. It means when someone cuts off all communication without any explanation. 


“My crush is ghosting me these days” 

Above, we have mentioned some of the majorly used GenZ slang words. It will take some time for you to get used to these words. But don’t worry, cause now you won’t get any FOMO if you hear any GenZ words.

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