Do You Know These Common Millennial Phrases?

By: Talin Vartanian

Do You Know These Common Millennial Phrases?
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About This Quiz

Millennial phrases consist of analogies and slang words that are used to express happiness, shock, anger and a wide variety of emotions. In this quiz, we'll take a look at 35 common millennial phrases that you may or may not have heard of.

If someone is being "extra," it means that they are overusing their speech patterns and body language in a dramatic fashion. This is often met with feelings of extreme anger, frustration or disappointment. Another common phrase is "basic." This is used to describe someone who is average, and lacking special, or unique, qualities. For example "His face looks so basic" translates to "His face looks so average."

Another common phrase is "adulting," which is used to express discomfort in the "adult life." Aspects of growing up, like paying bills or dealing with a broken-down car, are all considered to be common annoyances with "adulting." Some phrases are also used to dismiss someone from a conversation. "Bye Felicia" is a common way of doing this, even though the person doesn't necessarily have to be named "Felicia."

So, do you think you know your millennial slang well enough to take this quiz? Try and score at least an 85% now!


If someone is acting "salty," what does that mean?
The person is upset.
Someone who is acting "salty" is typically upset with a situation. For example, "He is so salty that he has to work tonight."
The person is surprised.
The person thinks the food is too salty.
The person is puzzled.

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To be "thirsty" is to...?
Be hungry
Want something
If someone is "thirsty," it usually means that they want something that is not related to food or drinks. For example, "I'm thirsty for more likes on my Facebook post."
Be upset
Be joyful

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What do you think the word "troll" means?
Someone who looks like a troll
Someone who is very nice on social media
Someone who is acting mean on social media
If someone is "trolling you" on social media, it often means that they are being mean. A "troll" may also take pleasure in bullying others online.
Someone who doesn't know how to use social media

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If I say, "His girlfriend is so 'basic,'" what do I mean?
His girlfriend is not very smart.
His girlfriend is a wonderful human being.
His girlfriend is average and lacks special qualities.
If I say, "His girlfriend is so basic," I'm implying that there is nothing special about his girlfriend, and that she's average at best. This it typically used as a mild insult.
His girlfriend is very intelligent.

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What does it mean to be "extra?"
To be average
To over exaggerate emotions, gestures and vocabulary
If someone is being "extra," it means that they are over exaggerating their emotions, gestures and/or vocabulary, usually in a dramatic fashion. For example, "She's acting so extra since she found out her purse wasn't actually brand-name."
To be quiet
To be too loud

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Another word for "baby" (in the context of a relationship or close friend) is...?
Bae
While the other answers in the options are certainly nicknames for a close friend or a spouse, "bae" is synonymous with the word "baby." For example, "Bae, can you get me a glass of water?"
Sugar
Love
Honey

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What does the phrase "cray cray" mean?
It's a way of expressing confusion.
It's a way of expressing thoughtfulness.
It's a way of expressing happiness.
It's another way of saying "crazy."
"Cray cray" is another way of saying "crazy," especially with regards to a situation or to a person. For example, "She's been acting so cray cray lately."

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If you have to "bounce" from the party, you are trying to...?
Leave the party
When you have to leave a party or an event, you might say the phrase "I gotta bounce." You could also say "Tom just bounced from the party."
Stay at the party
Find the party
Dance at the party

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If I say, "Her dress is 'on fleek,'" what am I saying?
Her dress looks cheap.
Her dress is ugly.
Her dress is ill-fitting.
Her dress looks really good.
When something is "on fleek," it means that the object in question looks aesthetically pleasing. You could also say, "His speech was on fleek," meaning that the speech was really good.

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If I say, "This party is 'lit,'" what am I trying to say?
This party is cool.
When a party or event is "lit," it means that it is "cool" in nature. For example, "That club was so lit last night; let's go again!"
This party is boring.
I can't find the party.
This party is too crowded.

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If you say, "This burger is fire," what does that mean?
This burger needs more seasoning.
This burger is under-cooked.
This burger is really tasty.
If a person says, "This burger is fire," it actually means that the burger is really tasty. Now if a person says, "This burger is ON fire," than that might mean that it's too spicy.
This burger is too spicy.

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If someone is acting "sus," they are acting...?
Ignorant
Ungrateful
Suspicious
"Sus" is short for "suspicious," and is often used in text messaging. For example, "He's been acting so sus lately since he found out I cheated on him."
Surprised

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If someone's appearance doesn't look very good, they might be called a...?
Disgrace
Ratchet
A ratchet is someone who doesn't look very good appearance-wise. For example, "Her clothes, her hair, the way she smells...she is looking so ratchet."
Neat
Surfer

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If these French fries are "next level," it means...?
These French fries are really good.
If something is "next level," it means that it's really good and went above your expectations. For example, "That party was next level."
These French fries are over-cooked.
These French fries aren't great.
These French fries were affordable.

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When is the phrase "just sayin'" used?
It's used to express relief.
It's used to express gratitude.
It's used to reiterate what you just said.
"Just sayin'" is used to reiterate a sentence or phrase that you just said. For example, "Your gumbo needs more salt. Just sayin'."
It's used to show unhappiness with someone.

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"I can't even" is used when...?
Someone is being professional.
Someone is very organized.
Someone doesn't want to deal with a problem or situation.
When someone doesn't want to deal with a situation or a problem, they might say, "I can't even." For example, "Ugh, I have to go to work tonight. I can't even."
Someone is very calm and collected.

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What does "YOLO" stand for?
You only live with opportunities.
You only live optimistically.
You ought to live it up.
You only live once.
"You only live once" is the meaning of "YOLO," and is often used in ambitious situations. For example, "I'm going to go cliff-diving, YOLO!"

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What does "JOMO" stand for?
Joy of messing it up
Joy of messing around
Joy of missing out
"JOMO" stands for "joy of missing out" and is used to express happiness with NOT wanting to do activities that are within the "norm." For example, "Hey, do you want to go to the party tonight?" "Nah, I'm going to stay home and play video games. Jomo!"
Joy of missing you

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If I laugh at a joke and say "I'm 'dead'," what do I mean?
The joke was so funny.
"I'm dead" refers to jokes, memes and funny videos. It's basically used to say that you really, really like something humorous.
The joke was lame.
The joke was too short.
The joke was too long.

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"Merica" is another way of saying...?
Montana
America
"Merica" is a shortened way of saying "America." It is also sometimes used to make fun of people who are overly patriotic.
South America
Canada

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If someone "breaks the internet" with a YouTube video, what does it mean?
The YouTube video is too boring to watch.
The YouTube video is too long.
The YouTube video went viral.
When someone or something "breaks the internet," it has to do with going "viral." For example, "Her Facebook post broke the internet last night with 10 million likes."
The YouTube video isn't loading.

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To brag about something or someone in a humble way is to...?
Humble brag
To "humble brag" is to humbly brag about yourself, someone else or about an object. It's often used to brag about something without sounding overly pretentious.
Humiliate
Express sadness
Be pretentious

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To be "turnt up" at an event means that you are...?
Lost at the event
Having fun at the event
To be "turnt up" at a party or an event means that you are having fun. It can also refer to excessive dancing and drinking.
Having a bad time at the event
Trying to leave the event

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To rudely dismiss someone calls for the phrase...?
"Bye, Felicia"
"Bye, Felicia" is a way of rudely dismissing someone from a conversation. For example, "I don't like your hair today." "Well then, bye Felicia!"
"Talk to the hand"
"Please exit to your left"
"Next level"

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What does the following phrase mean: “Pics or it didn’t happen."
A person lost their photos.
A person wants proof in the form of photos.
A person who wants proof in the form of photos may say "Pics or it didn't happen." This is often used because the person doesn't believe you, and wants evidence.
A person is currently scanning photos.
A person believes you for your word alone.

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The phrase "FOH" is used to express...?
Sorrow
Happiness with a situation
Disgracefulness
Shock or disbelief with a situation
When someone is shocked or expresses disbelief, they might often text the phrase "FOH." For example, "Hey guess what? My boss gave me the day off tomorrow." "FOH!"

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When is the phrase "said no one ever" used?
To "cancel" out the preceding sentence.
"Said no one ever" is usually used at the end of a sentence to "cancel" out the sentence before it. For instance, "I hate Christmas...said no one ever."
To agree with someone
To express contempt
To express anger

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When is the phrase "because duh” used?
It's used to raise self-esteem.
It's used to humiliate someone.
It's used to disagree with someone.
It's used to express an obvious statement.
"Because duh" is used to express an overly obvious statement or fact. For example, "I'm going to drink so much on my birthday, because duh."

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To do really well in something is to ______ it.
Light
Slay
To "slay" something is to do really well in an activity or job. For example, "Did you hear that speech he gave? He totally slayed it."
Fail
Try

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To partake in "adult-like" responsibilities is called...?
"Homewrecker"
"Ratchet"
"Adulting"
"Adulting" is a common millennial phrase that is used to express discomfort with adult-like responsibilities. This includes things like paying bills, trying to eat healthy and doing well at a job.
"Homebody"

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Millennials will often use the phrase "YAAAAAS" to...?
Want to leave an event
Show dissatisfaction with someone
Overly express the word "no"
Overly express the word "yes"
"YAAAAAS" can either be texted to someone or said out loud to overly express the word "yes." It's often used to show immense joy and excitement.

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What is a "clap back?"
To clap loudly at an event
A returning insult
When someone insults you, you'll sometimes insult them back. This is referred to as a "clap back," or a returning insult.
To express joy
To be disgraceful

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To be "woke" is to...?
Become happy
Become disorganized
Express contempt with those around you
Be mindful about a situation
Awareness and mindfulness is often synonymous with the word "woke." For example, "Now that I'm a father, I've been so woke with my responsibilities."

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When is the phrase "sorry not sorry" used?
To show that you're really not sorry
"Sorry not sorry" is used in a sarcastic manner to show that someone is not sorry for what they said, or for their actions. For example, "So what if I came home late last night? Sorry not sorry."
To show that you're very sorry
To show humiliation
To show thoughtfulness

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If someone wants you to "swerve," what does that mean?
They want you to talk louder.
They want to go out with you.
They want to talk to you.
They don't want to talk to you.
When someone is upset with you and doesn't want to talk to you, they'll often tell you to "swerve." For example, "You missed my birthday Ben, now go and swerve out of here!"

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