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Top 7 Slang Words Trending in 2016

By May 6, 2016 Culture, Fashion No Comments

As rap music, trending topics, hashtags and memes get more and more popular each year – the result is a barrage of new slang terms. Slang is defined as very informal language that is usually spoken rather than written. Slang can be used to reference an entire era. Phrases like  “eat me”, “psych”, “radical” and “righteous” defined the 80’s generation. “Oh, snap”, “for sure” and “totally” are instant 90’s cliches. But that was then, this is now  and its 2016. We’ve got rap music, Twitter, Vine, Tumblr, YouTube, and other sorts of social media to facilitate the spread of the current vernacular.

We wanted to be absolutely sure that we’re dialed in on how people are speaking this year, so we looked at all of the random hat orders we’ve had over the past year and picked out the most common phrases this year. Chances are you either use these words multiple times a day, have never heard them spoken, or are you already so sick of hearing them that you hope they die forever.

Speak them or not – here are the words buzzing throughout popular culture during  2016:

Low Key

Definition: Something you do not want to be said out loud, that doesn’t need to be broadcasted or overplayed. This term can also apply to event being calm or chill.

Example: “Even though we fought, I’m lowkey sad my roomie is moving out.”



Definition: Most recently, it means something (most typically an event, place, or concert ) that was amazing, turned up, poppin’ etc. It can also be used to describe someone who is super drunk or high.

Example: “We’re you at the block party downtown on Friday? Fuck yeah I was. It was lit!”



Definition: Being informed, up to speed or aware of current issues, trends, topics.

Example: “You need to stay woke on political issues and vote.”




Definition: Short for the term “family.” You can (but shouldn’t anymore) use squad to define your group of friends, but “fam” is directed towards one individual.

Example: “Yo you think I can bum a cig? Got you fam”





Definition: Short for relationship, it’s used to describe when you think two people should be in a relationship together.

Example: Justin Bieber needs to get back together with Selena Gomez. I totally ship Justin and Selena.




Definition: A shady person or behavior. Short for suspect. Someone who is hiding something from you is “sus”.

Example: “Yo I think Kristina was snapchatting that entire conversation. Shm she’s so sus.”




Definition: A badass person. It’s commonly overstated. But it means someone who is not afraid of repercussions or perception. Literally not giving AF about anything.

Example: “Dude you’re a fucking savage!”


Keep your suggestions rolling in! Tweet at us @neonragehats and let us know your favorite slang term of 2016 or visit our custom design tool here  to make customize your favorite phrase on a hat. All custom hats are 25% off til the end of month (exp. May 31st) so be sure to grab yours now.

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