The evolution of slang
Language is a living thing, constantly changing to fit the circumstances. And this is a good thing! If language wasn’t adaptable we’d all still be using too many vowels and Shakespeare wouldn’t need to be studied to be understood. Sometimes, though, it can feel like it’s changing faster than we can keep up with, especially when it comes to slang words that seem to change with the seasons.
For instance, “chill” used to be a temperature or an instruction, then it became synonymous with “relaxed,” then it broadened to include meaning “cool” or “awesome,” and now, not only does it still mean all of those things but it can also mean sex, as in the case of “Netflix and chill.” (Thank you, Urban Dictionary!) Some slang words even become so popular they’re canonised as “real” words in the dictionary. Confused? Don’t worry, we got you. Here’s our list of our favourite new(ish) slang words, what they mean, and how to use them.
Honestly, this word is used in so many different ways it can be hard to figure out exactly what the person saying it means. But generally it’s either a happy expression of agreement or describing throwing something far and fast – obviously, you’ll want to figure out which one they mean before getting any closer.
Tea is gossip and “spilling the tea” is telling someone else all the juicy details.
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