Millennial dictionary to understand the Internet

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Although language has traditionally changed in each generation, this natural evolution of language has multiplied in recent years due to the emergence of the Internetwhere young people have created a language of their own.

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

For all those who don’t quite understand what terms like “Crush” or “Ghosting” mean, we share this dictionary that will surely be of help:

-“Inflluencer: 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 stands 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 tinge.

-“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, “canceled” is a regular thing on social networks. Will Smith has been one of the latest celebrities to be cancelled, after his reaction during the Oscars gala. Basically, it’s about losing influence or fame for questionable acts. The people cancelled are usually celebrities who get caught up in scandals.

-“Mainstream: On the Internet, when people talk about “mainstream” it usually refers to something that everyone does. It is often used pejoratively to refer to something that is not special.

-“Random.” In English, “random” means random and is to refer to something or someone that doesn’t come up.

-“POV: This term is often common in social networks such as YouTube, Instagram or TikTok. Basically, “POV” is used to refer to videos recorded in first person.

-“Fail”: To a millennial, “Fail” means to fail. It serves for almost anything, from defining a simple, everyday failure, to a crash or a truly catastrophic error.

-“Stalking: The early days of the Internet, “Stalker” was used to define users who entered a community and did not participate in it, but merely observed the content. Today, it is users who track someone else’s content on a social network.

-“Ghosting.” It is what has always been called “ghosting”. When on WhatsApp a person leaves us on watch or does not answer our messages on Facebook is that they are “ghosting” us.

-“Hater”: Haters are people who hate. It is common among users of social networks who tend to criticize everything and mercilessly.

-“Hype: Hype is something that is getting a lot of visibility. Hype occurs when a lot of people are waiting for a release, it is something that works like an “infection”, the more people talk about it 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 English acronym for “Laughing out loud” and means to laugh out loud at something.

-“Troll.” Trolls are people who, on social networks, are dedicated to annoy or criticize a person. They can become very dangerous, as some of these trolls become obsessed with a person and can become very annoying.

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

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