From FOMO to JOMO and Twerk to Tea, these “new” words are continually shaping how we communicate with one another, creating a colorful tapestry of language now commonly used in our everyday online lives. But what does it all mean?
WOW Influence decided to explore 6 trending words and phrases that have gone viral, sliding into our DM’s and hitting us up our timelines.
- An oldy but a goldy, the Selfie – A word forever in infamy, the glorious word selfie. In 2013, the Oxford Dictionary named selfie its Word of the Year. Trending like wildfire, it spread far and wide across social channels, fast becoming part of our everyday lexicon. Socialites like Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian are still at odds as to “who said it first”, but did you know the word first originated in Australia? According to the experts, a young drunk coined the phrase when describing a self-portrait photograph taken over a decade ago. #selfie
- Squad Goals – Mostly used as a statement of approval or brag, this aspirational term is most often used by a group of friends or clique when describing something they want to achieve together or have in the future. #squadgoals
- Snatched – Taking the place of ‘on fleek’, ‘perfect’, ‘on point’ or ‘fashionable’ according to Urban Dictionary, this word is used to compliment as it refers to good looks or something beautiful. However, it should be known that there is another meaning to this word that seems to be gaining momentum lately. Snatched can be used to mean that you are so excited about something that you pulled your wig right off your own head. #snatched
- Plug – This unassuming word has evolved over time, transforming into the shameless or blatant endorsement by a celebrity for a product, brand or personality. Think the entire Kardashian clan all the way through to Ryan Reynolds and his antics in promoting his brand Aviation Gin.
- Goat – “Greatness Of All Time”, originally used in the 1900’s as a sports index to rate the best athletes in any given role, it has now become an acronym, to be used sparingly, for those that truly deserve the title and are indeed the greatest of all time. Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest person to ever receive the prestigious Nobel Prize holds the title GOAT together with other great personalities such as Michael Jordan, Serena Williams, Tupac, and Beyoncé. #GOAT
- Iconic – Originating from the Latin word iconicus back in the mid-17th century, the word has taken on a life of its own. Once used to describe classic artists, poets and the golden age of movies, iconic was a statement of praise and admiration. Stars like Audrey Hepburn, admired for her style, grace and iconic fashion sense, to the likes of Marlon Brando and Fred Astaire, all held the esteemed title.
Nowadays we see the word gaining momentum through the likes of YouTuber personalities such as Shane Dawson, Trisha Paytas, James Charles and Jeffree Star, as they describe anything that stands out or is viewed as the best from Taco Bell to Birkin bags.
Let us know what words you think should be on our list in the comments down below.