Millennial dictionary to understand the Internet

Although the language has traditionally changed in each generation, this natural evolution of the language has multiplied in recent years due to the appearance of the internetwhere the youngest have created their own language.

The Internet has profoundly changed the way we communicate, introducing new words and concepts that are not always understood.

For all those who do not understand very well what terms like “Crush” or “Ghosting” mean, we share this dictionary that will surely be of help:

-«Influencer»: Influencers are people with many followers on social networks. They are people with a power of influence over their followers, so they usually work with brands and companies to promote their products.

-«Bae»: A common expression on the Internet, it is the acronym for “Before Anyone Else” and whose translation is “before anyone else”. It is used to designate someone you love very much. Generally, it is used to talk about love.

-“Boomer”: Refers to an older Internet user. It has a certain derogatory tone.

-«Crush»: Basically, it is a “crush”. A “crush” is a person with whom we fall in love. Usually, it is a platonic or secret love.

-“Cancelled”: Lately, the “cancellation” is something common in social networks. Will Smith has been one of the latest celebrities to be canceled, after his reaction during the Oscars gala. Basically, it’s about losing influence or fame for questionable acts. Canceled people are usually celebrities who are involved in scandals.

-“Mainstream”: On the Internet, when we talk about “mainstream” we usually refer to something that everyone does. It is usually used in a pejorative way to refer to something that is not special.

-«Random»: In English, “random” means random and is used to refer to something or someone that is out of the question.

-«POV»: This term is usually common in social networks such as YouTube, Instagram or TikTok. Basically, “POV” is used to name the videos recorded in the first person.

-«Failed»: To a millennial, “Fail” means to fail. It is used for almost everything, from defining a simple and everyday failure, to a crash or a true catastrophic error.

-«Stalking»: At the beginning of the Internet, «Stalker» was used to define users who entered a community and did not participate in it, but limited themselves to observing the content. Today, it’s about users tracking someone else’s content on a social network.

-“Ghosting”: It is what has always been called “doing the void”. When a person leaves us in seen on WhatsApp or does not answer our messages on Facebook, it is that they are doing «ghosting» us.

-«Hater»: Haters are people who hate. It is common in social network users who tend to criticize everything and without mercy.

-«Hype»: Hype is something that is getting a lot of visibility. The “hype” occurs when many people are waiting for a release, it is something that works like an “infection”, since the more people talk about the subject, the more “hype” is generated.

-«Rawr»: Some of the expressions on the Internet are really crazy, for example “Rawr”, which is an expression in dinosaur language and means “I love you”.

-“LOL”: It is the acronym in English for “Laughing out loud” and it means to laugh a lot at something.

-«Troll»: Trolls are people who, on social networks, are dedicated to bothering or criticizing a person. They can be very dangerous, as some of these trolls become obsessed with one person and can be very annoying.

-«WTF»: We could summarize this millennial expression as “what are you telling me?” It is used to express amazement at a totally unexpected situation.