Culture Adds ‘Dabbing,’ ‘Slay’ and ‘Throw Shade’ in Effort to Keep Up With the Kids

Culture Adds ‘Dabbing,’ ‘Slay’ and ‘Throw Shade’ in Effort to Keep Up With the Kids


Since no one under the age of 30 owns an a physical Oxford English Dictionary anymore, is the primary reference for whether an english word is an actual english word. Today the online resource added a bunch of slang terms that were probably better off left undocumented. Still, it’s funny when academic types define stuff the kids are saying, isn’t it? For example:

throw shade (v.): to insult, criticize, or disrespect a person or thing in an indirect, artful manner.

Throwing shade is nothing if not artful. Here’s another one:

mic drop (n.): the act of intentionally dropping one’s microphone at the end of a speech or performance, displaying a bold confidence that it has been very impressive or cannot be topped.

I know, I know, they’re great. Here’s another:

dabbing (n.): the act of performing a dance move that involves posing with one’s nose in the crook of a bent elbow at chest level while extending the other arm to the side at or above shoulder level, often as a celebratory posture in sports or other competitions.

More, you say? Sure:

dad bod (n): informal; a man’s physique that is slightly overweight or flabby but still attractive.

Kush (n): slang; marijuana, formerly specific to a strain of cannabis that originated from the Hindu Kush region.

slay (v): slang; to strongly impress or overwhelm someone.

Not all the additions are hilarious. Many of the new additions, such as “Black Lives Matter,” “alt-right,” “dark money” and “white nationalism” reflect the racial and political tensions currently overwhelming our country. Fittingly, all things involving internet slang are a welcome distraction from our harsh reality.