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10 Slang Words and Phrases That Need to Die in 2015

Language is a fascinating, sometimes beautiful thing. As a primary mode of expression, it's constantly changing and evolving, with styles of speaking (ahem, vocal fry) rising to prominence and new terms being deemed worthy of dictionary space. But these 10 slang terms? We are, like, so over them. They've been overused, misinterpreted, appropriated, and thereby diminished in meaning, and it's time for them to die.

On Fleek
Because once your great aunt starts misusing a "trendy" term to describe her casserole, said slang must be laid to rest.

Hashtag
By all means, employ the pound sign when social media allows for it. But henceforth eliminate its usage in speech. HashtagSTFU

Bye Felicia
Goodbye, Bye Felicia. We thank you for your service. Please don't come again.


Being ourselves at the VMAs.

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Squad Goals
Taylor Swift ruined #squadgoals just like she ruins everything; "Blank Space" notwithstanding.

Yasss
Except nooe.

I can't even...
Neither can we. So let's all agree to not?

Basic
At their core, everyone's a little basic. And anyone who says they don't love fall is lying.

All the feels
A phrase that give us all the cringes.

Trump 2016
This joke has gone entirely too far. It's fired.

FOMO
Fear of going out is the new fear of missing out. Don't worry, there will always be some popular way to express your particular social anxieties.
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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
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