Gen Z terms on TikTok confusing you? Cheugy, no cap and more defined

Lost about what people are saying on TikTok? The class is in session. The generation has popularized lingo like Generation Z. TikTok has become the go-to place for influencers. The language used on the platform consistently goes viral, including the term “chewy,” a way Gen Z makes fun of out-of-date millennial trends.

It’s also worth noting that even though TikTok has brought these terms to more audiences, they’re not new slang. In fact, their origins are much older – most rooted in African American Vernacular English (AAVE), or Black speech separate from standard English.

Whether you are a parent, sibling, relative, or someone who is still trying to make “fetch” happen, here’s a starter guide to help you understand what words, phrases, and even emojis Gen Z is using, no cap.

Here’s a list of popular Gen Z terms, definitions, and examples: Cheugy: Describes millennials who are trying too hard to be trendy or in style. Example: “Did you see that older girl trying to do that Tik Tok dance? She’s so cheugy.”

No Cap/Capping: Cap is another word for lie. Saying “no cap” means that you aren’t lying, or if you tell someone is “capping,” you are saying they are lying. Examples: “I’m actually going to be productive today, no cap.” “You actually got tickets to the Bad Bunny concert? You’re capping.”

Bop: When a song, or album, is perfect. Example: “Have y’all heard ‘Castaway’ from The Backyardigans? It’s a bop.”

Drip: An incredible, sexy, or trendy sense of style. Another way of saying swag. When someone has a good drop, people will hype them up by having them do a “drip check ” show off your outfit.

Example:, “Hey my dude, you have some serious drip. Drip check!” Sheesh: Used to hype someone up when they look good or do something good, like saying damn. The person hype up uses the “ice in my veins” pose made famous by basketball player D’Angelo Russell.

Example: Seeing your friend walk down the aisle at their wedding. “Sheeeeeesh.” Bet: Yes. It can be said as a question to ask if someone wants to do something or confirm. Example: “Want to go get some boba?” “Bet?” Ded/💀: Another lol; something so funny that it killed you. The emoji replaces the laughing emoji.

Gemma Broadhurst
Gemma Broadhurst is a 23-year-old computing student who enjoys extreme ironing, hockey and duck herding. She is kind and entertaining, but can also be very standoffish and a bit evil.She is an Australian Christian. She is currently at college. studying computing. She is allergic to milk. She has a severe phobia of chickens

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