At a recent editorial meeting of our newspaper staff, a colleague lamented the fact that the source of a potential story wasn’t getting back to him. He said he felt that the person was “ghosting” him.
Immediately people looked at me to see if I knew what it meant to be “ghosted.” I said that I did. After the meeting, I returned to my office and immediately looked up the term to see what it meant.
While my colleague was using it as a verb, the term ghosting, when used as a noun, refers to the “practice of suddenly ending all contact with a person without explanation, especially in a romantic relationship.”
Apparently, since it’s a millennial term, it was assumed that I wouldn’t understand it because my age makes me a baby boomer.
I’m here to tell you that I can speak millennial. It’s just that I choose not to do it regularly. But as proof that I am bi-lingual, I offer you the following examples:
I’m growing my hair out a bit this winter. For practical purposes, I’m saving money on haircuts as well as providing a bit more warmth for my ears on cold winter days. Instead of saying my hair looks good, in millennial-speak, I would say “My hair is on fleek.”
Fleek describes something so good it’s perfection. It often refers to eyebrows as in “my brows are on fleek.” Forget the reference to eyebrows, please. When I grow out my hair, my eyebrows follow suit and I usually end up looking like I have two white caterpillars resting above my eyes.
Caterpillars above one’s eyes are something you wouldn’t hear. Or as millennials would say, “said no one ever,” meaning no one would make that statement. I know that’s true. If someone thought someone was knowingly walking around with insects above their eyes, it could be grounds for ghosting them.
Then there is the term “lit” which refers to anything particularly fun or awesome. Things that are lit could be something like a surprise birthday party where you see several friends you haven’t seen for a while, a great New Year’s Eve party, a concert or a sporting event featuring your favorite team.
Things that aren’t lit include a colonoscopy, a federal tax audit or sitting in a meeting with people who don’t think you understand what they are saying.
The word “fact,” when used in a millennial sort of way, is only used when someone speaks the truth. An example would be “The Yankees are gearing up to win the 2020 World Series. Fact.”
While I think all of my columns are good (I’m speaking facts), now and again, my columns “slay,” meaning they are some of the best I’ve written.
So now you have a few millennial terms you can use when the time is right. I bet I slay at the next editorial meeting. I can’t wait for the next meeting. Said no one ever.