Learning the Lingo

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What is it those youngsters are trying to say?

Ever wonder if it’s still “hip to be square”? It is if you’re a glo’d up brogrammer who embraces normcore and has a home in Silicon Valley that’s goals. Can you repeat that? In English? Before we decode that interesting description, let’s define some of the common slang your grandkids are using to communicate with one another.

Spilling Tea

To gossip or dish the dirt on someone. “Hey Grandma, spill the tea on the new neighbors.”


Refers to something that is exciting, over-the-top or extremely cool. “This part is lit!”


Socially and politically aware and informed. “That activist’s socioeconomic views are on point. He’s woke.”

Glo’d Up

Describes a young adult who has recently shown signs of maturity. “He’s not a jerk anymore. He really glo’d up.”


Term used to describe a non-flashy style of dress that is trendy yet appears as if little thought was put into the ensemble. “He’s always in a suit and tie, so when I saw him this weekend rockin’ normcore, I almost didn’t recognize him.”

On Fleek

Originally coined to describe perfectly coiffed eyebrows, the term’s meaning has expanded to describe anything determined to be flawless or on point. “Girl, your brows are on fleek.”


To be profoundly affected by something, as in surprised, confused or flabbergasted. “I never knew sushi was so delicious. I’m shook right now.”


Similar to the true meaning, an adjective used to describe something a person aspires to have or achieve someday. “Look at those two. They are relationship goals.”

Oh, and brogrammer? The ubiquitous start-up tech nerd who is one hip cat!