Millennial Slang

English is always changing and with technology and social media new terms get pulled out of the Internet and used in the real world. At Hancock International College our international students and even our instructors will do well to check up on new slang for each year. Sonja from Language Learning has a nice article with 10 slang terms from 2019 that are worth checking out. For our ESL students it is also a nice exercise to understand how the slang was developed as often the word or phrase by itself will leave you scratching your head.

Sonja lists these slang terms, “Stan” which comes from “Eminem’s 2000 song ‘Stan’, which follows the letters of an obsessive fan named Stan, who eventually drives his car into a lake at the song’s climax. From there the word ‘stan’ was born to describe being a die-hard fan of a celeb.”

Another she lists is “full send” which is “Borrowed from ski lingo, this phrase defines the moment when you head fearlessly into a (controlled) dangerous situation. It’s leaked over into everyday use and essentially refers to not caring about the consequences and going ‘all out’.”

One coming from our use of technology that Sonja lists is “left on read” which came “from the read receipts on iMessage that show when the other person has seen your text, getting ‘left on read’ refers to someone reading your text and not replying to it. Perhaps one of the biggest insults of our time.”

Another term that came from our obsession with technology and social media is “collecting receipts” which Sonja explains “describes the practice of collecting screenshots, photos or videos to prove your point. Akin to a lawyer presenting their evidence in court, you can pull up your ‘receipts’ to dispel any doubt in your case.”

For the full list check out Sonja’s article with the URL found below.

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Idiom of the Day


Meaning: a generation of people born in the 80s to the mid 90s or 2000s. The specific years vary depending on who you talk to, but essentially people between 20 and 35. People are also starting to talk about “new millennials”, but in either case it is often millennials that would be using the above slang.

Example: Older generations often complain about us millennials being spoiled growing up with the internet and cellphones, but we also many of us started our careers with the crash of 2008.