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New Internet Slang You Will Need To Understand Instagram In 2019

Your guide to the most popular “meme slang” and social media “hype words” this year.

Since universities have existed, linguists and sociologists have fought to see who can get funding for the most obscure research project. However, when it comes to “hype words” and “internet slang”, they have finally found a topic that transects all genders, socioeconomic backgrounds and tastes (if not age brackets): memes.

Language has been changing for centuries; thou doth better have noticed that already. But now that smartphones are available to everyone with 50 bucks and a data plan, new language trends are reaching larger audiences than ever before.

This means that the world’s 2.53 billion smartphone users are essentially undergoing a massive social experiment, where everyone follows pages that reflect their tastes (and sense of humour). These pages generally have a following between 1.4 million (The Tasteless Gentleman), 3 million (Girl With No Job) and 13.2 million (Sarcasm Only).

While their content is geared towards radically different demographics, they all use the same meme templates (i.e: same lede, different punchline).

Case in point:

 

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Saying I told you so is basically crack for me

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This means that no matter who you are (provided you are not too old to be into memes), no matter what you are into (be it sarcasm, politics, being petty or hating on your best friend’s ex) there are probably a bunch of “internet catchphrases” that have snuck into your vocabulary this year.

 

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We are really turning into Idiocracy. 😭😭

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Here are the most popular ones, and what they mean.

Rude

Translation: annoying.

 

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How DARE they

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Get This Bread

Translation: let’s go make some money.

 

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My life in a nut shell.

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Lit

Translation: cool.

 

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Goes hard 😂😂😂😂

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Thicc

Translation: thick (in a good way…). Note: although this word actually dates back to the 90’s, it only became widespread on Instagram in the last couple of years.

 

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we thicc

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Standard

Translation: classic/typical.

 

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Standard female behavior smfh. @notviking

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Clutch

Translation: last minute, important.

 

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So many clutch goals from CB 💪 @sergioramos

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Woke

Translation: aware.

Throw Hands

Translation: fight.

How It Be

Translation: how it is.

 

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You do the math.

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Chess Not Checkers

Translation: thinking ahead, devious, smart.

 

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Holy shit!! Ol’ girl is playing chess not checkers!!

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Chess not checkers 🔥🔥 @djschoenyofficial

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Weird Flex, But Ok…

Translation: weird thing to brag about, but fair enough…

 

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Living My Best Life

Translation: doing my thang.

 

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A QUESTION THAT NEEDS AN ANSWER!

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The Best Of Times

Translation: a great moment.

 

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The best of times!!!!

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Attacked

Translation: self explanatory.

 

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I feel attacked.

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Hard Facts

Translation: truth bombs.

 

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@donny.drama always posting hard facts. (See you in the comments… 🍿)

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Mood

Translation: I can’t think of a creative Instagram caption, so I’ll write this instead.

 

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Forever mood.

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Don’t Say It

Translation: someone is about to say something they always say.

 

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I can’t wait to be old enough to not give a fuck and blurt shit like this.

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New Phone…. Who Dis?

Translation: I’m outta here, lol (to be used when a person asks you a question you don’t want to answer).

 

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Although “new phone… who dis” does not feature in the above meme, it would be a good response to the situation…

Curve

Translation: reject, divert, sidestep.

 

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If you see these or any combination thereof, she doesn’t want your penis inside of her.

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Thank You, Next

Translation: self explanatory.

 

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thank you, next

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And… Scene

Translation: a lie has just been told.

 

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So how long are these words going to be knocking around our collective consciousness? Are they going to take over the world? Will our ancestors in 500 years time speak a “hype word” language comprised entirely of memes?

We asked Mark Post, a Sydney University lecturer and linguist, what he thinks. The verdict? Unlikely: “A slang user wants to use a non-standard word, and will probably only continue using that word so long as it remains non-standard.”

“Woke doesn’t sound cool once it is used by seriously uncool people, and the percentage of seriously uncool people in the world by definition can’t decrease (if we’re all cool, then no-one’s cool).”

Also.

“Creative people create innovations that spread quickly within internet communities and/or social networks, but spread slowly (if at all) beyond them. Chances are, most meme-based innovations will die out within a few years if not less. In a way, the bar to ‘language change’ is now higher than ever. To get half a billion people to adopt your innovation, you need to be seriously clever, seriously cool, seriously loud, or all three.”

“That’s why almost all slang has a very short half-life. I give ‘woke’ a maximum of 10 years.”

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