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25 Millennial Phrases That Make Them Instantly Disliked

Millennials have their own vocabulary, which, to them, seems like it’s all in good fun. But for other generations, it can get pretty confusing or downright annoying. Here are 25 typical Millennial sayings that don’t exactly hit the mark with everyone else.

No Worries If Not

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Sometimes, Millennials will use “no worries if not” when they ask for something. They’re trying to keep things relaxed, but it comes across as a little wishy-washy to people who prefer a straight answer. We’re not sure if Millennials are completely serious about what they’re asking or if they’re just being polite.

I Can’t Even

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When something’s too much, Millennials will say, “I can’t even,” but it leaves the rest of us asking, “You can’t even what?” Someone should tell them that finishing the sentence can actually help. Without them being specific, it leaves us out of the loop and makes us feel disconnected from the conversation.

Vibe Check

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A “vibe check” is the Millennial way of asking about everyone’s feelings. It sounds calm, but it can be a little confusing for anyone who takes words more literally. Millennials need to explain what they’re talking about because not all of us are completely familiar with this casual drop-in during conversations.

Is This Allowed?

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Millennials asking, “Is this allowed?” is just a way for them to push the boundaries during a conversation. We think it makes them seem a little patronizing like they’re a parent talking to a child. We all know that Millennials love to avoid responsibility, and this phrase is one way they do that. 

That’s a Mood

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If you’re a Millennial who really relates to something, then you might say it’s a “mood.” On the surface, it doesn’t seem that annoying, but the issue comes from how much Millennials overuse this phrase. They call everything a “mood,” even if it’s something that we don’t think anybody could relate to.

You Love to See It

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They use “you love to see it” to talk about when something good happens, but it can sound sarcastic if you’re not familiar with it. And, at worst, it sounds like they’re mocking whatever the good moment is and suggesting they’re not really bothered about it. Why can’t they just say “congratulations” like the rest of us?

Let’s Get This Bread

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“Let’s get this bread” is the Millennial way of telling someone to get to work or make some money. It’s meant to motivate people to work hard, like “time to hustle,” but unless you know that “bread” is money, it sounds like they’re just going on a bakery run. And honestly, we’re surprised Millennials even want to do hard work.

I’m Baby

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“I’m baby” is wrong for so many reasons. To start with, it makes absolutely no sense for anybody to be saying this unless they’re actually a baby. Secondly, its origins are pretty twisted. It came from an autocorrect message a mom sent during an actual home invasion, so it feels a bit gross to use it.

Low-Key

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Millennials use “low-key” for something on the down low or to show a preference they have. They might even use it to share their opinions but in a more secretive way. But to us, it makes them seem like they lack confidence and that they’re holding back more than they’re saying. Just be honest.

I Did a Thing

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Anyone who says “I did a thing” is, without a shadow of a doubt, a Millennial. Even Gen Z seems to find this phrase annoying, which shows just how irritating it is. “I did a thing” is the worst kind of humblebrag, where they’re trying to show off their achievements while being subtle about it. Honestly, there’s no subtlety at all.

Sksksk

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No, “sksksk” isn’t just someone hitting the keyboard randomly. It’s actually a way for Millennials to show they’re laughing through text. And that would be fine, except a lot of them also use it in face-to-face conversations. It’s like saying “lol” out loud because it seems very immature and unnecessary.

And I Oop

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“And I oop” came from a viral video of a drag queen called Jasmine Masters. It became pretty popular with Millennials, who use it when they’ve made a mistake or to show their thoughts have suddenly stopped. But unless you’ve heard it before and actually know what it means, it’ll probably leave you feeling confused.

Send Tweet

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Sometimes, when Millennials think they’ve come up with a really clever thought or phrase, they might say, “Send tweet.” If that doesn’t show you how addicted they are to technology, we don’t know what will. Plus, since Twitter’s name has been changed, the sentence technically isn’t accurate anymore.

I’m Screaming

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“I’m screaming” doesn’t actually involve raising your voice because it’s Millennial-speak that shows you think something’s really funny. It’s one of those internet phrases that has caught on to become part of their everyday conversations. It’s another example of just how overdramatic Millennials are. Are you really that happy?

Periodt

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Using “period” to end a statement is something we can get behind. But “periodt?” That’s just wrong on so many levels. We can’t understand the point of adding that extra “t” to the end of this word or why Millennials are always so keen to shut down the conversation like this. It’s their way of stopping anyone from responding to what they’ve got to say.

Thanks, I Hate It

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“Thanks, I hate it” is a phrase Millennials use to react to something they hate. But while they might think it sounds polite, we think it comes across as being too blunt. It’s not just us who think so, as some psychologists have even started to question if this generation is rude or simply doesn’t have any social skills.

Yeet

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To “yeet” something means to throw it very hard. That’s it. We’re not sure why you would need to tell someone about this or why it’s even become a phrase, but that’s Millennials for you. They love to make up words to describe things that we think are completely unnecessary. When would you ever need to say this?

It Me

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“It me” is a phrase Millennials use when they see something relatable. It’s meant to be a way of saying, “That’s me.” But, like most of the phrases on this list, it’s just another example of how Millennials are completely ruining the English language. Plus, why do they think everything’s so relatable?

Living My Best Life

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Millennials will use “living my best life” a lot when they’re posting about their fun adventures or great moments on social media. They might just be proud of something, but sometimes, it rubs us the wrong way. It’s one of those phrases that shows how many of them think life has to be absolutely perfect, although we understand that it doesn’t. 

FOMO

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“FOMO” is short for “fear of missing out,” which is that uneasy feeling that Millennials get when they’re not part of the latest event or trend. They always feel like they’ve got to be connected to everyone around them, whether it’s offline or online. To any generation who understands not everything’s for you, constantly worrying about missing out comes across as childish.

This Is Everything

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When a Millennial says, “This is everything,” they’re really into whatever it is they’re talking about, and they’re trying to go all-in with their praise. Among their friends, this kind of enthusiasm is contagious, but we just think it’s over the top. Millennials really do love to make everything about them.

On Point

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Have you ever heard a Millennial describe something as being “on point?” You’ve probably figured out that they mean this thing is just perfect, no matter if it’s an outfit or a meal. But, once again, it’s just further proof that Millennials don’t like to be specific with what they’re saying. They’d rather hand out praise than go into detail about them.

Ghosting

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“Ghosting” is a phrase that’s become so popular that it became word of the year back in 2015. Millennials use it to talk about a time when someone suddenly stops talking to them without any explanation. And honestly, can you blame them? Unfortunately, “ghosting” has led to a number of other weird communication words, like “zombieing.”

Salty

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If a Millennial is feeling “salty,” they’re feeling upset or bitter about something. But really, we think it’s just immature, and we can’t understand why Millennials aren’t more direct with their feelings. We’d rather stick to saying that we’re “annoyed” than use childlike phrases such as this one.

Extra

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We think there’s no generation that’s more “extra” than Millennials. This phrase means you think someone’s being way too dramatic or over-the-top. And with the way that Millennials react to certain things, we truly believe they’re the ones being “extra” about everything. Someone tell them to relax, please.

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