Recently my youngest son said these words, “A girl at school told me my eyebrows were on fleek.”
Boy says,”On fleek, it means on point or good…something like that.”
An hour later I tried to use the term. “Honey, dinner was on fleek, tonight.”
“Sorry mom, that’s not working. You probably can’t say that. Sounds too weird.”
Vocabulary is a bizarre thing. It can make you seem cool or really really old. Slang words come and go so fast by the time adults figure them out they are out of style.
Hearing an older adult still using the word “bling” is embarrassing and painful. Bling faded out at least ten years ago. If I used the word “cheddar” in place of money my kids would probably push me out of a moving car.
I remember how horrified I was when my fifty year old mom said , “Vice President Dan Quall ‘delish. I’d scoop on him.'” Noooo! Everything about the sentence was wrong, especially her use of the term “delish and scoop.” Grosss!
So this year when I looked at the new words in the dictionary I told myself to be cautious. I’m not gonna jump up and tell a client not to “throw shade” at me if they treat me disrespectfully.
I’m not going to tell my husband his idea for fixing a lamp with duct tape is “weak sauce” and I’m not going to accuse my co-worker of a “humble brag” when she tells me she “only volunteered at the homeless shelter twelve hours last week.
The one word I might hang onto is “microagression”. Because that’s legitimate. Microagression is subtle or unintentionally saying something that belittles a minority or group. There’s an older guy at work who constantly refers to women as “you girls.” He says things like, “Well you girls just couldn’t understand how important it is to change your oil on a regular basis.” Hey, I’m not a girl and of course I understand the importance of oil changes. He doesn’t mean to offend me but man he pisses me off.
It’s fun to study the new words and phrases, but if you’re older than thirty be careful. You’ll end up sounding older than you are, I’ll have to give you the “side eye” then “ghost.”
PS…I learned yesterday “on fleek” is already out.