The ultimate list of slang words and what they mean

The ultimate list of slang words and what they mean

Breakfast with Martin Bester asked children to explain some of the slang words they use...

The ultimate list of slang words and what they mean

Each generation has its own set of slang words, some of which are even recycled from previous generations. 

Breakfast with Martin Bester asked parents to share some of the slang words their children use that they don’t understand. We then got those children to explain the meaning of these different slang words. 

Here is the complete list of new-age slang words and their meanings: 


Although it used to mean intoxicated, the meaning has changed a bit over the years. Today, "lit" means something that is really good, intense, fun, or exciting, similar to slang terms such as poppin' or off the chain.

“That party was lit.” 


One of the newer slang terms, this means if someone is delusional, often in a positive way. 


“Bussin'” means something is really good—for instance, “That taco was bussin'!”


"Fit" is an abbreviation for "outfit" that is typically used when complimenting a person on how good they look. 


The slang "mid" is used to describe something or someone as below average or low quality.


“Slay" is a slang term used to describe someone who has done so exceptionally well that they killed it, hence “slay”.

 “She slayed that performance.”


This is a slang word in South African youth to describe a vape. 

“May I have a pull of your tjoef?”


"Rizz" is a slang term often used to describe someone's ability to flirt and be charming, especially for their verbal communication while pursuing a romantic interest. 


"Sus" is an abbreviation for "suspicious" or "suspect" on social media. It's often used when someone thinks that something is not quite right or doesn't seem trustworthy.  


In contemporary slang, "Gucci" is used to describe something as good, cool, or excellent.

“How are you today?” “I’m Gucci.” 

Offensive Side Eye

If you see someone that is not slaying, you might say this. This also originated from a viral TikTok trend.


“Drip” is a slang term that's used to describe someone's style as cool and fashionable.

Cap or no cap

"No cap" means "no lie" or "for real", according to "Cap" is another word for lie, so "no cap" emphasises when someone is being truthful. If someone is "capping," they are lying. 

So, next time you’re in doubt, check out this list!


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