These days, you’re not young and hip if you’re not using words and phrases like “it’s giving” and “yeet”—or maybe these are already outdated, IDK. I’m an old millennial who used 2000s slang!

Teenager language is nothing new. Young people are always speaking in trendy code, phasing things out as soon as parents and journalists start using them, which ultimately leads to newer slang… forcing the cycle to go on and on. Think back to when you were a teenager. You used words your parents didn’t understand, and now you look back on those weird words and phrases and think one of two things: “what was I thinking” or “hey, I still say that.”

Here’s the 23 most popular words and catchphrases that every teenager used between the years of 2002 and 2006. Maybe it’s just me, but today’s teen lingo is way cooler than 2000s slang. Oh well. Millennials were very weird! (I can say that, I am one.)

1. Bling

Blinged out cell phones, bling-bling for jewelry, blinged out sweaters. We were all about that “bling” back then. Now, “bling bling” would be considered too much.

Ling ling you forgot your bling bling gif

Baby girl gif

2. Dime

Made popular by the Ying Yang Twins was the phrase “I’m looking for a dime.”

3. Crunk

Can you believe people actually used “crunk” seriously? You couldn’t just say drunk? Or fucked up? Or black out? The same thing goes for the word “turnt.”

4. Tipsy

Again, another word to describe how drunk we were. For this one, we have J-Kwon to thank because everyone was – and still is – in the club getting tipsy. But also turnt. And also fucked up. And also, drunk.


5. Trashed

2000s slang was full of way too many words and phrased that meant drunk.

6. That’s hot

Paris Hilton coined this phrase on her show “The Simple Life” where she paraded around saying “that’s hot” to things she had an interest in (or no interest in tbh). I actually miss this.

2000s slang: Paris Hilton That's Hot

Today’s equivalent: Fire emoji?

7. Word

Today’s equivalent: K

8. Biotch

Today’s equivalent: Friend???????

9. Boo

If only it was still cool to call your significant other a “boo.”

Usher My Boo

10. Owned

This word was probably the most annoying of them all, actually said and used by the most annoying people.

11. You got served

Almost as annoying as “owned.” Also a movie.

12. Baller

Today’s equivalent would maybe be goals? But do people still say goals or is that an old person thing now?

13. Stoked

A cool word from the ’70s or something that we were STOKED to recycle.

Today’s equivalent: Excited?!?!??!?!

14. Peace out

I was a fan of saying peace out, which now just seems really annoying, like most 2000s slang.

amy poehler gif

Today’s equivalent: Ghost and say nothing

15. Bounce

Today’s equivalent: Leave

16. Dope

This was used to describe something cool, which confused our parents probably because they maybe thought we were talking about drugs.

Today’s equivalent: Lit?

17. Dawg

Remember when you called your friends “dawgs?” Ugh. And then there was Randy Jackson who called everyone “dawg.”

2000s Slang Words & Catchphrases Every Teenager Used: Dawg

Today’s equivalent: Multiple “dawgs” would totally be fam?????

18. Poppin

A word used in many songs.

Today’s equivalent: Lit?

19. Wassuppppp

AIM + budweiser commercial = people sounding like morons IRL

2000s slang: wazzup gif

Today’s equivalent: What’s up, because no one is this annoying anymore

20. Waz crackin’

Same as above, but worse

21. Da bomb

Want to upgrade this? Da bomb dot com.

Today’s equivalent: Maybe lit again? I HAVE NO IDEA I’M IN MY 30S

22. Sucky

“He’s a sucky person.” 2000s slang was truly the most unintelligent.

He's a sucky person gif

Today’s equivalent: Probably a “sus.”

23. Wangster

There is no equivalent of this today, TG. We’re all just living our truth, no labels.


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  1. im 14 and im about to use these bc i hate myself and i also love the early 2000s 😎😎

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