If you’re on social media or hang around the younger set, you’ll hear them say things you might not understand, but you’ll hear them over and over again.  And you’ll observe new trends, new lines of thought, and other ways to express how you feel. 


Have you listened in, lately? 


Here’s what some of them are saying and what it means, if you care to know.  I find it fun and interesting…

“I’m obsessed.”  If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a million times.  It’s what they say when they’ve found or discovered a new product or outfit or activity that they thoroughly enjoy.  They talk about it and describe it, and then they tell us how obsessed they are with it.  I suppose it’s putting emphasis on how good what they’re doing really is!

“It’s been a hot minute.”  Any time it’s been a while (not a minute at all – but maybe weeks or months!) this is said to the viewers or the readers or the friends when they see them.  Maybe we used to say, “Oh I’ve missed seeing you!” But now, it’s this new phrase.  Okay, then.

“I haven’t washed my hair in a week.” What?  We always washed our hair daily, or at least every other day.   But supposedly now, dirty hair is easier to style and work with, so dry shampoo is a thing, and dirty hair is okay.  I just wonder if dirty hair stinks.  Does it?

“I’ve been ghosted.”  This means they were in a relationship, then that person just vanished.  Like a ghost.  It’s something that apparently happens a lot in the dating world, nowadays.  We probably used to say, “He ditched me.”  Same thing.

“Extra” - I first heard this on a makeup tutorial when the presenter was “going all out” on her makeup routine with color and lashes and more.  It still means more than enough, but now it’s used to describe how they present themselves by going “extra!”

“100 percent.”  Nope, it’s not a math term.  It means to keep things real.  Be a hundred percent authentic.  Authenticity – it’s what this generation wants and looks for in every person they meet.

“Tbh” – to be honest, to admit something about yourself.  It goes with that 100 percent.  Somehow, even if it’s bad and horrible, if we admit it, we can be forgiven.  Something to note, and think about…I guess.

“Bae” – before anyone else.  We might have said something like, “My one and only,” but they say Bae.  Or maybe we’d say honey or sweetheart (I like neither of those words), but if we hear them say this, we might wonder, “Well who is it?”  And maybe they’ll tell us…or maybe not.

“Basic” – anything mainstream is basic.  For example, coffee with friends is basic. It’s what they all do and enjoy, all the time. 

“Lit” – this means something is really good.  Yes, of course, it still means the light is on.  But that’s probably not what she means when she says that party she just went to was so lit.  Maybe it’s sort of what “sick” means as well – it means good.  What?

I hope you have enlightened yourself now, by reading that above list. At least you’ve learned a bit of a new language you now will be able to understand when you stand among your children and their friends…until it changes again.  And that might be tomorrow.

Now go wash your hair…or don’t.  And tell your spouse that he’s your bae.  And find out what you’re obsessed about and share it with a friend…but tell them it’s lit.  See what happens. Or just keep talking in your own language and smile at the terms they use, and let them alone…we had our own phrases and words as well.  Geez, wasn’t it neat?


I Saw the Light


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by Marcy Lytle

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