Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Gen Z Vocab Lesson, Le First

Symbol confused vote For some time I've been feeling my age in my knees (I know y'all know what I mean). But perhaps only today did I feel depressingly long in the tooth.

I took a Facebook quiz.

Specifically, a zooquiz titled "React to These Gen Z Problems and We'll Guess Your Age." (Go on, I'll wait here while you check it out.)

As I took the quiz I'd occasionally hit on a word or phrase that'd make my brain go all blue screen of death. I'd mentally reboot and could eventually glean meaning from context but I did have to look some stuff up. Made me feel ancient.

Now, I'm not gonna rail against the liberties taken with the English language by Gen Z, mainly bc I heart words and I take my own liberties at will. As creative self-expression, slang is super groovy and reflects so much about the era from which it originates (and differs from simple/stupid grammatical errors, as it's the deliberate use of a coined word/phrase, or the use of a pre-existing word in a new way). I just want to keep up and, at minimum, understand what the flip's going on around me. And yeah, maybe I'll be that mom who salts her speech with it. At any rate, as a public service to my fellow Gen Xers (Boomers are welcome, if they're so inclined), here's your...

Gen Z Vocab Lesson, Le First

feeling some kind of way

leaving you on read
  • On a messaging app equipped to let you know your message's recipient has read/seen your message, the "read" signal appears but your recipient takes an inordinate amount of time to reply (or doesn't reply at all). (Rude! This one's pretty easy to grok from the context, but in service to thoroughness...)
  • Origin: Circa 2011, with "read receipts" for digital communications. Probs. Though this kind of nonsense is pretty old behavior (you know, like the guy who says he'll call but takes his sweet time doing it).


mood/big mood

  • An old-timer. Also, a jerk.
  • Origin: Old folks' shriveled skin (particularly that of the scrotum). (Ouch and ick.)





Dudes! All of these^ from one little quiz! Which, BTW, guessed me to be 38, an "an old-AF millennial." Hah! (And don't I just wish!)

Go on then, let me know in the comments if you were familiar with any/all of these, and if you took the quiz, lemme know whatcha got!


  1. I think I'm a good guesser or something because I got 19. Or maybe I just have no trouble finding the inner Gen Z-er in me?
    "Hello, member of Gen Z! Where are you? Oh, gaming? Yeah ... we thought so. If you're not trying to figure out whether Janelle Monáe and Lupita Nyong'o are dating, you're usually doing that Fortnite thing. Or feeling sentimental about your Silly Bandz days. Or making hilarious "Old Town Road" TikToks. Or reveling in the fact that millennials don't get ALL your references and they're feeling old and jelly about it. Keep it up. That's 💯% what you're supposed to be doing."

    1. Brava! In some cases, I chose to answer, "Wut?" which I think lowered my age in their eyes. As it were. :-D

  2. I've been seeing "yeet" thrown around so much lately, but had no idea what it meant. Thanks for educating me! XD

    And that quiz also pegged me as an old-AF millennial, which...yeah, is technically true. LOL.

    1. DUDE, I'm so sorry I missed your comment! If Millenials can be old af, then as a Gen-Xer I...well, it hurts to think about it, really...


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