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Feel old yet? Boy, 11, gives DailyMail.com the lowdown on the BAFFLING slang terms used by Gen Alpha

Feel old yet? Boy, 11, gives DailyMail.com the lowdown on the BAFFLING slang terms used by Gen Alpha
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Do you know what a gyat is? What about if someone said you were skibidi? And how would you respond if asked to do something ‘furda’? 

Generation Alpha – the children of millennials and the cohort below Gen Z – have an array of baffling slang terms that are linked to internet culture.

It makes sense, given these youngsters, who are now entering their early teens, have grown up in a world full of memes, viral videos and social media (and they spent a good chunk of their childhood during the pandemic).

To get to the bottom of their befuddling terms and understand where they come from, DailyMail.com spoke to 11-year-old Tom.

Scroll down for the Gen Alpha slang dictionary in full 

Generation Alpha are digitally focused even beyond the levels seen in Generation Z (Getty)

‘We sort of use the slang words ironically,’ he said.

‘But we do use it all the time. My group in drama at school is called the ‘Skibidi Ohio Rizzers.’

Skibidi is a word youngsters use referring to the web series skibidi toilet, either meaning ‘evil’, or just to be odd. 

Generation Alpha speak to smart speakers more than they speak to their grandparents 

Ohio refers to a meme which suggests the whole state is strange and sinister, while ‘Rizzer’ refers to people with lots of charisma or ‘Rizz’.  

Tech and being online is the center of their worlds: Tom uses online gaming terminology for everything: when he was practicing chess (another Gen Alpha obsession), he said, ‘I’m going to grind’, an online gaming term meaning to do a particular activity over and over again.

The term Generation Alpha was coined by Australian researcher Mark McCrindle.

McCrindle said that he switched to using Alpha (instead of following Z with A) as a sign of how different Generation Alpha are.

He said, ‘It conforms to the scientific nomenclature of using the Greek alphabet instead of the Latin alphabet and there was no point in going back to A.

‘After all they are the first generation born fully into the 21st century and therefore they are the start of something new, not a return to the old’.

Tom said that Generation Alpha uses emojis totally differently from ‘the way Millennials use them, like you’re supposed to.’

He said that (for example) they never use a laughing emoji, only a sad crying one, for something that’s funny. 

Gen Alpha texters would use a skull emoji to show something is funny.’

Tom said, ‘Yeah, there’s other inappropriate emoji too. I won’t tell you those, as they really are pretty inappropriate.’

GEN ALPHA’S SLANG DICTIONARY 

Furda

Doing things for the boys without any benefit to one’s self. 3. Self sacrifice for the benefit of one’s friends

Gyatt

Tom said, ‘This one means a big bottom. It’s measured in levels, so the higher the level, the bigger the bottom.’

Capping

Capping means ‘lying’, Tom explained, and he and his Gen-Alpha friends would rarely say the word lying at all.

He said, ‘We might say, ‘Bro, you’re capping so hard,’ if we think someone is lying.’

Ohio

‘This one’s just nonsensical,’ Tom said. ‘Ohio is meant to be a weird state, so we just say it all the time. I could show you some Ohio memes so you understand a bit better.’

In his chats with friends, everything is a meme, and Gen Alpha often seems to delight in being weird and incomprehensible as much as possible.

Skibidi

‘Skibidi toilet is a bit over,’ said Tom. He says his brother, aged 8, found it funny earlier this year, but said he and his friends now use it ironically.

Skibidi Toilet videos are a web video series which became a hit on YouTube – very strange, horror-film-tinged videos of a head popping up out of a toilet.

Sigma

Sigma is like being an alpha male, Tom explained.

‘When you say you’re sigma, it means something like you’re the alpha male or you’re trying to say you are.’

Cracked

A lot of Tom’s slang relates to games like the shoot ’em up Fortnite, which he plays online with his friends.

‘We might say, ‘Bro, you’re cracked,’ he said.

Rizzer

Gen Alpha uses the word rizz constantly q(meaning ‘Charisma’) and even variations such as ‘rizzer’ or ‘rizzler’.

Tom said, ‘It means charisma, like for dating and stuff.’

Bet

Generation Alpha drops ‘bet’ as a shortened version of, ‘You bet.’ Tom said.

Clapped

Clapped means to be killed by surprise in a game, Tom said, particularly if you are up against a ‘cracked’ opponent.

Cold

Tom said, ‘If something’s really cool, and maybe a bit sigma, we’d use the word cold – when we are texting, we use the freezing emoji for this.

GOATed

Tom said that Gen Alpha use the term ‘GOAT’, as in ‘the greatest of all time,’ as a verb: ‘You are GOATed.’

Bussin

Another word which Tom and his Gen Alpha friends use for cool is ‘bussin’.

‘We might say, ‘Yo, that’s bussin’ if something is really cool,’ he said.

Lore

Tom and his game-obsessed friends tend to use the word ‘lore’ (used in games to describe background knowledge) for just about any kind of knowledge.

Fanum tax

Named after an online streamer known for grabbing other people’s food, the ‘Fanum tax’ is supposedly a gen-Alpha term for taking something from someone.

Tom said, ‘Me and my friends don’t really use this one.’

Drip

Exceptional style. Tom has said, ‘Baby got that drip,’ when his baby brother got some new clothes.

Preppy

Wearing pink or pastel.

Simp

A man in a relationship with a woman where he is very submissive.

Sus

Short for suspicious and often used around the game Among Us, which Tom and his friends were fond of.

Drip

Exceptional style. Tom has said, ‘Baby got that drip,’ when his baby brother got some new clothes.

Preppy

Wearing pink or pastel.

Simp

A man in a relationship with a woman where he is very submissive.

Sus

Short for suspicious and often used around the game Among Us, which Tom and his friends were fond of.





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