15 Ridiculous Phrases Made Popular By Social Media

Have you ever logged into Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and felt completely lost in translation? You may be getting old. The most popular phrases and terms used in the world of social media are getting funnier with time. Perhaps this is the case, considering that the majority of internet users are under the age of 20 and social media is completely dominating the culture. Before you know it, correct grammar will be a thing of the past and kids will be writing articles containing acronyms like WTF, FML, and TTYL. Forget children, even grandparents learn language.
Thanks to the ole Urban Dictionary, you don’t have to feel like you’ve been living in the village for a week just to come out and see that everyone on your feed speaks a new language. You can be equally witty and come up with your own catchphrases that can get out of hand like “Cash me side. How do you bow?” 
Here is a list of the funniest phrases circulating on social media today, explaining how they became popular and what they mean.

01. Are You Crazy, Brother?

In 2013, the phrase became an internet sensation during a televised exchange between Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Seahawks quarterback Richard Sherman, in which Sherman approached Brady after the Patriots lost a game and basically asked, “Are you crazy, bro?” Sherman tweeted a photo and caption of the exchange the next day and later ended up taking it down due to the huge controversy it created. Now, you’ll hear the question asked when someone is experiencing a great loss, or is feeling a little down.

02. There Is No Filter

No filter or #nofilter is usually seen as a caption or hashtag for a photo someone posts. This means that the photo is in its original quality and has not been modified or touched in any way by Photoshop or Snapchat. It is often used with selfies, which means that the selfie photo has not been digitally enhanced to make a person’s nose look thinner, make a face look brighter, or give a person a different hair color. Sometimes, it is also used with a picture of a sunset or a beautiful landscape to let the viewer know that the picture is actually the same. This phrase was added to the urban dictionary in 2013.

03. OOTD: Today’s Outfit

If someone posts their OOTD photo, that means they want you to see the super chic outfit they’re wearing that day. This is a phrase popularized by fashion bloggers and can be found on their Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter channels. Yes, it is common on social media. Why? Because it gives unusual reasons for people to upload selfies and get more likes. Isn’t that what Facebook therapy is for? We think it is, but that doesn’t make the term any less funny.


In contrast to the phonetic meaning, it can be pronounced “poned” or “pawned” and either pronunciation is correct. This expression is derived from the happy word ‘malakite’ which means domination. It is used by hackers to describe gaining control over another user’s server. The “p” in “pwned” stands for “fully owned.” You may also hear it used as “pwnage” (which is even more annoying) or as part of the phrase, “I just became pwned”. This is another social media term that is not really used in verbal communication. It might raise some eyebrows if you try to incorporate it into your spoken word.

05. Slay

“Slay” is synonymous with domination or success. If someone tells you that you’ve got something wrong, it’s usually a compliment that means you have it. If you get a “killed” comment from someone after they post a selfie, it could mean that you look amazing, or that they’re telling you that wherever they go. Be dominant (whether for the interview or the club). Another example is when someone says, “Taylor’s new album is a hit.” It is usually a term that is not clearly defined, much like what comes out of a teenager’s mouth. Nobody “kills you” with an ID that tells you what has already been killed or what is going to kill.

06. Bye, Felicia!

“Bye Felicia” is mainly said when you’re trying to exclude an irrelevant person from a conversation. If someone says to you, “Bye, Felicia,” it’s their way of getting rid of you because you’re probably feeling bad. The hashtag “byefelicia” was tweeted more than 35,000 times in the month of August 2014 alone. The phrase dates back to 1995, where in the movie Friday, an Ice Cube waves to a character named Felicia (played by Angela Menz-Kaaya) when she asks Smokey (Chris Tucker) to borrow a car and joint. The phrase made it to the Urban Dictionary in 2008 and became an Internet sensation in 2011.

07. Relationship Goals

Relationship goals mean exactly what they sound like. Let’s say you’re looking at a cute picture of an elderly couple sharing an ice cream cone. You can comment on relationship goals or #relationshipgoals because this is the relationship you want in life. You can comment on life goals while watching a video of someone making pancakes that look like Bart Simpson. Sometimes, you’ll only see goals or #goals because teens are considered short, lazy, and fuzzy.

08. Thirst

In the past, you associated the word “thirsty” with the desert, and saying you’re thirsty meant you should drink water, but thanks to Urban Dictionary, that’s no longer the case. Now, being thirsty means you’re desperate for something, and if we’re talking about sex, it means you’re horny and want some physical action. But it doesn’t have to be just about sex (although it usually is), you might also be avid shopping or even hungry to borrow some money. Just be sure to make it clear otherwise because it’s easy to get misunderstood.

09. FTW

FTW is an acronym that means “to win”. But where did this popular saying suddenly appear and why does everyone say it? Remember the game show Hollywood Squares? This is likely where the phrase originated, but it suddenly started making waves like “FTW” from players shouting “FTW spawn camping!” Like comments. It is mainly used to indicate excitement and enthusiasm about something and can best be considered as a victory dance or a high five dance. You might see someone post a glass of wine with the caption, “Weekend ftw” to express relief that the weekend is finally here. It can also refer to “F*** the world” although this expression is rarely used.

10. Life Hack

You may also have heard of the term “beauty hack”. A life hack is basically a technique that aims to make your life easier and more efficient. Similarly, a beauty hack is a makeup tip that aims to simplify your beauty or makeup application routine. You might see a picture of someone taping the corners of their eyelids so they can apply their eyeliner more precisely, and that would be a beauty hack. A life hack can be as simple as using a roll of toilet paper to prop up your smartphone. It does not always have to be amazing and it can only be for entertainment purposes.

11. Salty

“Naked” means anger, annoyance, or embarrassment. You can imagine proud Atlanta Falcons fans being salty after the Patriots’ incredible domination of the 2017 Super Bowl. Someone who feels salt is a little more rambunctious than someone who is bitter, perhaps because they were just humiliated. You’ve probably felt salty many times in your life and didn’t have the right word to describe how you felt. In 2013, Chief Keef released a song called “Salty,” where he says, “I’ve got all these racks on me now and they feel salty.” The song is mainly about a girl who once rejected him but wants him now that he’s famous.

12. BAE

In 2014, Pharrell released the single “Come Get It Be”. “Bae” is short for “bebe,” which is short for “baby.” Complicated, I know. Welcome to the digital age. Someone might call you “Bae” because you’re their baby. Or you can also name a picture of a sandwich with the word “bye” to show people how much you love that sandwich. This word has a double meaning and can also be used in something like “Bae be looking bae” which means my baby looks adorable. Unfortunately, BAE is also the name of a major aviation and security systems company, as well as the Danish word for tube.

13. On Fleek

In 2014, the term “on fleek” went viral after Vine used it in a video where 16-year-old Peaches Monroe gave a tutorial on how to do her brows. That’s right, eyebrows. In the tutorial, Monroe made a reference to the “eyebrow on fleek,” which she originally intended to say, “eyebrows on a flick,” but the former is taking waves. Now, you’ll hear someone say “on the flake” to describe something done to perfection, although it’s often used to describe eyebrows. So, next time you see a photo of someone’s eyebrows drawn and shaded, you might want to comment that they’re “flat.”

14. DAT ____ THO

In 2013, King Bach famously made a bull where a woman is being robbed and instead of helping her chase the thief away, he backs away from the wall and says, “I’ll save you.” Then she says, “He’s already gone,” and he replies, “Yeah, but that backflip.” This phrase is used to emphasize something that is not the focus of a conversation or an image. 

15. Cash Me Ousside. How Bow Dah?

This is probably the funniest phrase on the internet today. If you’re wondering what that means, try reading it again slowly. You might hear, “Hold me. How about that?” The phrase originated with Danielle Bregoli who appeared on Dr. Phil and yelled at the audience when she thought they were laughing at her. The phrase has now become an internet sensation with users of all ages posting “how bow dah” after every phrase you can think of. By now, the meme will likely continue to circulate for another decade or more.

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