Buzz words


By Jo Power

You may have just worked out how to tell bae their hair is #goals; but words like lit, goals, slay and bae are so 2017. Here are the hottest buzzwords of 2018 according to the witty wordsmiths at Things by Bean.

Often used to describe someone who is over the top for completely unnecessary reasons.
Used in sentence:
Man, Josh is being so extra today.”

2On fleek
Frequently used to refer to perfectly arched eyebrows, it can also be used to describe any part of your makeup that is particularly well done – or just anything that’s perfect or #onpoint.
Used in a sentence:
“Your eye liner is on fleek!”

Basic is used to describe someone devoid of defining characteristics that might make a person interesting, extraordinary, or just simply worth devoting time or attention to. Yikes.
Used in a sentence:
“He’s too basic to even carry on a semi-intelligent conversation.”

Woke has been around for a minute, but it’s poised to become more mainstream in ‘18. Think of ‘woke’ being the inverse of politically correct. If P.C. is a taunt from the right, then woke is a back-pat from the left. Woke statements might also low key stir up drama. The more woke one is, the more sympathetic and knowledgeable one is about a topic or type of person. It’s often used to describe a man who is also a feminist.
Used in a sentence:
“That guy is so woke.”

5Low key
Low key can be used in place of the formerly popular phrase ‘down low,’ meaning something you don’t want everyone to know about.
Used in a sentence:
“I low key hate butterflies… don’t tell anyone.”

Millennials needed to create a verb that described any and all duties associated with being a bona fide grown-up. This means paying taxes, working through the summer instead of going on holidays, changing your car oil, playing nice with co-workers, and having “adult” concerns.
Used in a sentence:
“I cannot be bothered adulting today.”

The last couple years have been all about FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). In 2018, people will finally feel empowered to open up about their JOMO – Joy of Missing Out. JOMO is all about choosing to do what makes you happy instead of saying yes to every event because you feel like you have to. Unlike FOMO, JOMO stems from a positive emotion rather than a negative one!
Used in a sentence:
“Nah, I can’t make it to the party – I’m staying in tonight and I’m bursting with JOMO.”

To be exceptionally bitter, upset or agitated. This particular irritation generally stems from a past event that you still haven’t got over.
Used in a sentence:
“She was salty because she lost the game.”

9 Done
A word often used when someone is tired, exhausted or fed up.
Used in a sentence:
“I am so done with today.”

Jo Power brought Things by Bean to life in 2011.  Jo’s collection of cards for all occasions, non-occasions and made-up occasions began as a stack of ten cards in a biscuit tin and since then, Things by Bean has grown into a brand stocked at more than 60 retailers across Australia. It’s taken Jo to New York City for the National Stationery Show once and down the road to the post box thousands of times. Things by Bean cards are always cheeky, sometimes creepy and usually quite cute! If they make someone happy, they’ve done their little job well. 

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