What is the phrase of the moment?
By Michele Turner
If you listen in on a high school conversation these days, it is likely you will hear them say, “Miss me with that.” So, because I’m over 40, I had to ask what it means. Apparently, when you don’t want to experience something or when you are actively avoiding it, you use this phrase. When my son heard my estimated definition, he scoffed, “Are you kidding me?”
I have been interested in trending phraseology or slang for awhile now. There was a time when my own kids were small so each summer when I returned home to America, I would hit up my friends’ high school kids and ask, “What are the cool phrases now?” Usually after they looked at me like I was an idiot, I would get some good stuff. This is how I learned the term bae, which was used several years ago as a term of endearment. Interestingly, this same term in Danish bæ means an onomatopoeia expressing disgust or a childish synonym for a piece of excrement. Luckily, this phrase has lost steam over the years. How unfortunate to think you were calling your loved one “sweetie pie” but they interpreted it as fecal matter. Maybe if you include the cute pile of poo emoji, it would all work out.
Remember when people use to say, “That’s the bomb!” meaning something that was super awesome. Then cool things were called dope such as “Those earrings are so dope!” Good things were phat or you were livin’ large. Afterall, you only live once. YOLO!
Do you remember around 2010 when mom jeans were actually cool? Thank you, hipsters for that. Speaking of which, is hipster still a cool or acceptable term? Business Insider calls the term dead. “Yuppies are so ten years ago and hipsters are passe, so the millennial generation has given birth to yet another social trope. Meet the "Young Urban Creative," known colloquially as the "yuccie,” writes author Malone Kircher.
First of all, how do you get the super sueve name Malone? Secondly, can we bring back colloquially into everyday speak? Finally, just for fun, see if you can guess the generation that these phrases became the bomb diggity or in vogue:
It’s hip to be square.
Hey, man. That’s boss!
Can you dig it?