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Gen Z Slang Word Taking Over Social Media Leaves Older Users Baffled

Gen Zers, those adorable digital natives born between the years of 1997 and 2012, have rather famously given themselves a dictionary’s worth of new slang, mixing acronyms, emojis and internet-isms into their vocabulary — much to the confusion of their elders.

Now, here comes “Gyatt.”

Said to be an cryptic abbreviation for “goddamn,” the term is usually employed upon observiing an attractive woman, typically online.

The term was first used by Twitch streamers YourRage and Kai Cenat, who would say “gyatt” when an attractive female would appear on their streams, according to Indy100.

In the US, Google searches for “Gen Z slang” are up 123% and curiosity about “Gen Z words” has increased by 86%, according to data from communication and growth firm Movchan Agency.

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As digital natives, Gen Zer have adopted a whole new dictionary of slang terms, mixing acronyms, emojis and internet-isms into their vocabulary — much to the confusion of their elders.
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“It’s truly amazing how our generation has developed its unique vernacular, incorporating phrases and emojis that have become widely recognized slang around the globe,” the agency’s PR manager, Emily Goldstein, said in a statement.

“While slang isn’t a new phenomenon within subcultures, Gen Z’s slang stands out for its versatility and widespread usage worldwide.”

But be careful, widespread users, if you’re not up with the lingo. While adding some of their own new words, Gen Z has also redefined some.

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“Out of pocket” isn’t the out-of-office memo that Millennials and older employees are used to, for example — and that’s just one generational language barrier that has caused workplace confusion.

“Gyatt” is a slang term for “god damn” and is usually said in response to seeing an attractive woman.
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The common phrase is used by older generations to declare they’ll be stepping away from their desk for a phone call, but that’s not how your company’s newest hires are using it.

For many of the younger generation, the phrase has evolved to mean something like “unhinged” or “chaotic,” to describe something done or said that is out-of-character or unexpected.

You better be taking notes, these are just a few of the new slang terms to add to your Gen Z translator along with: “slay”, “dupe”, and “rizz.”

Source: Nypost

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