So, I guess I’m a bit cool (maybe not). I try (and fail every time) to keep up with new trends and trends. I also try to learn their verbal and non-verbal language from different people of every race. It’s hard to maintain though (impossible, another failure). Things change a lot. And with so many social media and entertainment platforms, everyone can pick up new trends but is isolated from their own segment.

Often the platforms don’t overlap or barely do. Therefore, in the realm of social media, the audiences of TikTok, Facebook, IG, Snapchat, YouTube, WhatsApp, X are generally not highly interconnected and can be very isolated. With entertainment platforms, people either have local TV, cable, Apple TV, Netflix, Paramount, or Amazon Prime with minimal overlap. Therefore, new trends can be unique to a platform, or popular and cross over. Since I’m pretty cool (no, not even close), I’m here to tell you about some cool trending terms and concepts that have been sweeping various platforms and are now temporary urban parlance.

The term “fundamental: e.g. unrealistic or generic. “Changed my brain chemistry” means that it made you rethink your outlook on life. “I’m dead” or “I’m weak” or “send me” means “extra” means not listening to anyone and not explaining anything. Slay” means to do something good. “Sus” is suspicious. ‘Rizz’ is a short way of saying charisma. “Bussin” means something is really good.

We all already know the term situation. Adding “-ing” to words is also a thing. For example, “Maths don’t do maths”; “The mind is not thinking”. One of the most interesting is “touch grass”. This refers to people who spend a lot of time online who need to get out and do something different. “Rent-free” means something memorable or extremely funny that stays with you. A “vibe check” means checking in on someone to see how they’re doing. Acting like a “protagonist” means acting self-absorbed and selfish. “Pokey” is what you call your best friend or someone you love. “No cap” means authenticity and truth. An interesting term is “Ick”. It’s when you go on a date, and it’s going well, and then the person does something that immediately turns you off, making you hate the idea of ​​being romantically involved with them. goes After that “Ick”, no one comes back. That date is enough.

Then there is “baby girl”. Not to be confused with “Baby Shark”. The new usage of the term refers to a boy and not a girl. A guy who is a “girly girl” is an attractive, sweet, vulnerable guy, who is a little submissive, over 25, has a bad boy but isn’t scared, and is soft and secure in his masculinity. Harry Styles is one. So is Nicolas Galitzine. He seems to have beautiful eyes, he’s cried on screen, and he’s shown a bad boy touch.

Another popular term seems to be the “soft girl era”. Especially after the Covid pandemic, women are now rejecting the hardcore oriented lifestyle for one of a “soft girl”. They’ve seen the “girl boss” burnout, the late-night life, the stomach ulcers, the stress fractures, the frozen eggs, the grind to get the pen at the end of a career. These new women don’t want to be “girl bosses.” They dream that they can’t achieve anything and just stay cool. Instead they are choosing a less stressful, slower life with a focus on self-care and family.

There is a growing distrust of government and large organizations regarding new trends. In terms of fashion, flare jeans are back, skinny jeans are out. Pickleball is definitely the new craze, even surpassing tennis in popularity. Looking gender fluid is new. There is a general focus on DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion). Mental health issues have definitely increased. At least 50% of young people feel stressed and anxious most or all of the time.

What’s more interesting about new trends though is not the words, but what the trend is saying. The young generation is overwhelmed by social media, the threat of war every other day, global warming and extreme weather patterns with climate change. Individuals and groups are too much in silos, in different realities, with algorithms feeding people the same. Young people are more online and less adept at direct social interaction. Since we are naturally social creatures, not being able to socialize affects us greatly. So, with all of this, there is a large number of stress, anxiety, and mental health problems.

In terms of creating new words and trends, this is my “No Box Era”. I want to not only think outside the box, but also be creative and not have a box, which can lead to many career options and paths. For the country, I wish for a “crime bus era”. As a “girl boss,” the wannabe “soft girl,” the suffocating crime scene oozes tension, anxiety, and dread. No cap, this crime is real crime. If one checks the vibe, the reality is that no matter the language, we are struggling and not managing at all.

Dr Joan F. Paul is a lecturer in emergency medicine with the UWI.



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