YOLO!!! TURNT!!! ON FLEEK!!! HUNDO P!!! LIT!!! You’ve heard these foreign languages before, want to know what it means Gen Xers? By William Ward – 21 January, 2018By: Emily GhamrawiWell then, welcome to the world of millennials, where texting is our number one choice for communication. If you are a millennial, then you definitely know what I’m talking about. If you are a parent of a millennial you may have difficulty why we choose to talk through our smartphones and never face to face. With each generation, language tends to evolve quickly bringing in new words and making them popular. Millennials are born roughly between the year 1981 and 2000, and are seen through the eyes of Gen Xers (1965 to 1980) and Baby Boomers (1946 – 1964) as naive, unpractical, lazy an are ruining everything. Even Though we are lazy and care nothing less about it. We are proud of one thing that our use of language changes ‘v’ fast, compared to other generations. Since were the generation that grew up with the internet/ technology, which partially controls the way we chose to communicate. ‘TBH’ it is mostly due to us living in a hyperconnected world. In a recent discussion with my parents who are both Gen Xers, they wanted to understand why we choose to text? and especially what is does language mean?Why is texting the best option?Text messages give millennials that ability to communicate quickly and conveniently. Compared to finding a public phone booth and paying ten cents for a local call, they argued. It sounds like a lot of effort to me just to make a phone call that lasts three minutes ‘the struggle is real’. Because we come from a digital and was brought up with the technology and the internet the way we communicate to others is impacted. Another reason is that ‘p’ much all millennials have their phones glued to their chest, or is it our eyes, I don’t know I never notice anything. Anyway having their phones with them all the time, makes it easier and accessible to anyone wanting to contact them. It is ‘Hundo P’ convenient. According to OpenMarket, “83% open text messages within 90 seconds of receiving them.”Sure often text messages can be misinterpreted. As verbal communication isn’t enough to understand the context of what is being said, the tone and body language can help us further acknowledge what the other person is communicating. So the problem with text messaging is that other people is not available for interpretation of his message. But, hey ‘Sorry not Sorry’. It is less of a problem than having to walk and paying ten cents to make a three min call and a public phone booth, that thousands of people have been in to make a call, and you never know what type of people have been in there. ‘Man’, we millennials are really lazy. Now here comes the big question what is the millennial language?Basically Parents of millennial and Gen Xers, we shortening every word possible. Words are abbreviated to just one syllable by cutting off the rest of the word and phrases shortened into one or two syllable words. Notice the cheeky little inputs of a millennial language used throughout this message word like ‘v’ (very), ‘TBH’ (To Be Honest; which is a very common phrase used in text messages), ‘the struggle is real’ (a tough problem or a real hardship). Well, words like ‘YOLO’ (you only live once), ‘Turnt’ (‘hype’ for a party or club), ‘Lit’ (Something is especially awesome), ‘Hundo P'(a hundred percent), ‘On Fleek’ (to be on point) are words meant to describe something awesome happened or is going to happen. For example, a millennial text message from a party may look like this “this party is lit, let’s get turnt and go in hundo p. # YOLO. ” These abbreviations are not ruining language. I think that these abbreviations are made easier to pronounce. Not because millennials are sluggish at English or anything, we ‘nailed'(made) our style of language, come to think of it, because we have rules when using our abbreviation, such as choosing an easy consonant-vowel combination and applying grammar rules as well. For example, the millennial slang word for feels (feelings) came from shortening the “feeling” to “feel” and then applying the -s suffix to create a brand new adverb. In the end, perhaps millennials want to change the language as a way to create a generational identity, or as a way to gain power in a situation where we don’t typically have it. By living in a world where our parents make the rules, we feel much better making up our own language. I realize that it may be hard for Gen Xer/ Parents to understand, because of the continuous evolvement of languages, can be hard to pick up and learn. But man it sure feels good once you found a unique language. ‘OMG’, one of the most usual habits I’ve seen among Millennials, our use of the word man, it makes us seem less professional. maybe that’s why were seen as ‘narcissistic, entitled, tired, and easily influenced by technology. ‘TBH, I may have this habit and it’s something I’m trying to break. But anyway YOLO!