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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Having conversations with Gen Z has left you confused or old. There is no doubt that 9 to 24 year olds introduced new words and reused old ones in today’s language.

A study by Preply, a language-learning app and online learning platform, reveals Americans’ favorite new words, and those that pollsters said they could do without.

Favorite

  1. Gameplay: “Something the modern game lacks”, according to Urban Dictionary. “The sum of the parts of a game: the feel of the controls, the types of quests available, the combat mechanics, the rich dialogue trees.”
    • Used in a sentence: “Skyrim has bad gameplay.”
  2. side hustle: “Sideline that brings in cash; other than your main job,” according to UD.
    • Used in a sentence: “When you start your own business, you probably want to get into something low-stress.”
  3. Content warning: “Acts similarly to a trigger warning, but for content that isn’t as graphic or only mentioned in passing,” according to UD.
    • Used in a sentence: “This article needs a content warning at the start to a brief discussion of violence.
  4. You all: An oldie but a goodie: contraction of “all of you”.
    • Used in a sentence: “What is pass with all of you?
  5. silver fox“An attractive old man. Generally, the one with gray hair that is often desired by young women,” according to UD.
    • Used in a sentence: “Sean Connery may be old, but he’s a silver fox!
  6. mega-drought: “A severe drought that lasts more than 20 years”, according to Preply.
    • Used in a sentence: “California is currently in a mega-drought.”
  7. Replicant:
    1. “A genetically modified creature composed entirely of organic substance designed to look and act like a human; an android,” according to UD.
      • Used in a sentence: “The replicant looked human-like but lacked empathy.”
    2. “Social media term for someone who recites information without knowing whether or not it is correct for the purpose of repeating it to increase their own perceived ‘social standing’ in a social community,” according to UD.
      • Used in a sentence: “It’s a good cause but executed by replicants that copy/dough everything but their own ideas and strategies for “likes”.
  8. Trigger“A topic, phrase, or word that triggers someone emotionally; a term used to describe sensations, images, or experiences that trigger a traumatic memory,” according to UD.
    • Used in a sentence: “Man, I know I shouldn’t have left on Eric this way, but that racist joke he triggered me a great moment and I freaked out.
  9. nordic black: “Scandinavian crime drama with dark stories and realistic settings”, according to the Macmillan Dictionary.
    • Ex. “The girl with the dragon tattoo”
  10. chair yoga: “A gentle practice in which postures are performed while seated and/or using a chair”, according to Yogapedia.

Other favorites include memify (to create a meme from someone’s likeness), radioactive (meaning wack or not cool), metaverse (a product of Facebook; “The Matrix, but lame and with NFTs for some reason”, according to UD), micromobility, to taste (someone looking good right now), code switching (to personalize the style of speech according to the public or the group to which one addresses), deplatform (to prevent someone from contributing to a forum or discussion, including blocking them from a particular site), without housing (another word for transient), forest bath (another term for lean dipping), and hatch (a term used to describe underage students drinking together in a parent’s basement, or “traphouse”, which refers to a crack den).

Least favorite

  1. Misper: “Missing person”, according to Preply.
  2. stingy: “Become thrifty or miserly”, according to Preply.
  3. Translinguage: “Translating a language, sometimes on your own terms”, according to UD.
    • Used in a sentence: “I don’t speak Portuguese very well, so I had to translang Spanish to Portuguese and vice versa.
  4. Heteropatriarchy: “A term for the interlocking systems of oppression that form the basis of modern society and define the dominant social order,” according to UD.
    • Used in a sentence: “Activist: The only solution to our woes is the abolition of imperialist white supremacist capitalist heteropatriarchy.”
  5. Zeitgeists“To capture or characterize the defining spirit or mood of a particular period in history, according to the Oxford Dictionary.
    • Used in a sentence: “The two hottest films of the decade.
  6. Manosphere: “A loose collection of websites, blogs, media, etc. that focus on men’s frustrations with the modern world, usually rooted in hatred of feminism,” according to UD.
    • Used in a sentence: “Brad has been talking a lot lately about how he thinks modern men are too weak. I think he’s spent too much time on the manosphere…”
  7. inaptonym: a name particularly ill-suited to the nature, career, or other personal characteristics of the person so named,” according to Dictionary.com.
    • Used in a sentence: “Mr. Lucky turned out to be an inaptonym for a man who suffered a series of misfortunes that left him destitute and alone.
  8. Blame Storm“collectively or individually finding someone/something to blame for a problem, as opposed to brainstorming which involves finding solutions to a problem,” according to UD.
    • Used in a sentence: “The committee started blaming the situation rather than while searching solutions to problem.
  9. NFT: Non-Fungible Token: A JPEG image that for some reason sells for millions of dollars, according to UD.
  10. Throuple: A relationship consisting of three people.
    • Used in a sentence: “Betty, Carol and Carl were so in love, they make such a great group.”
  11. stuck: Shocked by emotion.
    • Used in a sentence: “Anytime Linda got angry, she clutched her heart and say, ‘I am everything stuck.'”

Are there any slang words you don’t understand? Email us at KGETDigitalNews@nexstar.tv.

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