15 New #Trending Words and Sayings of 2014

Every year, hilarious new phrases and sayings appear and aren’t exactly appropriate or useful enough to add to the ever-expanding Oxford English Dictionary. Thankfully, we have Urban Dictionary to guide us through new lingo, specifically the top 15 words and terms of 2014!

1. Bae

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Flickr: john

Ok, it can’t just be me that didn’t know it was an acronym and thought bae was just a lazy, new-age way to say babe. Though, I guess it can be used the same way anyways.

2. Basic

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Flickr: cdnphoto

Basic is, well, basic. Mostly used before the terms bitch, the image that comes to mind is a girl in leggings and Ugg boots, desperately clutching her Pumpkin Spice Latte. I don’t know why people find this to be negative or offensive, I love leggings and Ugg boots. Not a fan of pumpkin-spiced anything, so I guess I’m semi-basic.

3. I can’t even

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Flickr: storrao

Now this one is just a time saver. Any girl that claims to hate this phrase is lying, it’s great. It keeps you from having to finish a thought that would not be nearly as dramatic as you are trying to be by saying “I can’t even.”

4. Om Nom Nom

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Flickr: bala_

I like to think that I am a pioneer of this phrase since I’ve been using it for years. There is literally no better way to describe what’s about to happen to the pizza you just ordered after a weeks of dieting or after a 3-day music festival. “Is it good?” “Om nom yes nom nom!”

5. Turnt

This must be what the kids are saying today because I have probably heard the phrase “turnt” like once this year, but it’s been trending on Twitter so I guess that’s that. Get turnt (turned) up, I am assuming like volume.

6. Yasss

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Flickr: doug88888

Yasss is a great filler word for when your excited for an upcoming event, rooting for someone to succeed, or hide your jealousy behind an interjection for something that happened to someone else. It’s also a great Twitter term if you’re not totally sure how to react to someone’s news.

7. Doe

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Flickr: jjj56cp

“Doe, a deer, a female deer…” jk, it’s just a shorter way to say “though.”

8. Throwing shade

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Flickr: dmushrush

Throwing shade is a passive-aggressive way to insult someone. It’s usually in a back-handed compliment when the person isn’t around. If you need real-life examples of this statement, just watch any episode of The Real Housewives. 

9. Trolling

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Flickr: pagedooley

Trolling has been around for a while, but I couldn’t complete the list without it. Having worked as an online editor for the past year, I know more trolls than I probably should. Kind of like the dumbest politicians, trolls are the loudest, usually most stupid, commenters online. They get a lot of smug satisfaction from hiding behind a computer, making fun of someone they don’t know. I find it to be quite pathetic, but it can be really hurtful when it’s aimed at certain people about certain things. Best way to deal? Take the high road. They’re patting themselves on the back enough without you engaging. This is the perfect way to describe Trolls in a very powerful way.

10. Swerve

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Flickr: tomswift

You hear this one a lot in rap songs. I like to use the word “treated,” but from what I’ve gathered from living in LA for the last 7 years is that it’s prominently a Chicago term. I feel like most of the time you hear it is by the hype man in songs or by the hype friend that’s hiding behind the more assertive, well-spoken person in their friend group.

11. Salty

I figured that this term would make the most sense following “Swerve” (see above). This is the person that it the recipient of the insult. I find that the term can also be used when you’re grumpy, hungry, and generally slightly irritated.

12. Twerk

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Flickr: zennie62

Yes, yes I know that twerking has been around for a while, but it was still one of the top sayings this year as well. Looks like the booty-shaking move is backing it up all the way to 2015.

**Props to Miley, the move is actually a lot harder than it looks.

13. Surfboard

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Flickr: captainkimo

I am not the biggest fan of Beyoncé. There, I said it. It’s out there. But I mostly stand alone. Her recent album was a giant hit, and one of the top performing singles was “Drunk in Love,” where this term is featured. Basically, it’s a fancy name for having sex with the girl on top, as if she’s on a surfboard. It really only applies to shitty surfers because I am pretty sure the goal is to stand up, maybe it should be called the kayak.

14. Bands

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Flickr: cooperweb

You may recognize the term from “Bandz Make Her Dance” by Juicy J. ft. Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz. This is one of the terms that actually makes a ton of sense, you use bands to keep all your bills (a total of $1,000 per band) together, because, you know, we all carry thousands of dollars on us all the time.

15. Cake

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Flickr: escapist

Made popular by Rihanna’s hit “Birthday Cake,” a cake is used to describes a butt that just won’t quit. I prefer the original definition of cake, see “Om Nom Nom” above.

What do you think?