The latest on travel, languages and culture by EF Education First

7 slang words you need to know in 2017

2016 may have been the year of Brexit and describing everything as lit but now we’re in 2017 there’s a whole new delivery of fresh slang words all English learners need to know if you want to stay totally on fleek. Luckily for you, I’ve compiled this handy list to keep you up to speed.

1. Savage

Done something totally cool and badass? Describe it to your friends as savage and watch as they look really confused but also pretty impressed. Remember: you didn’t choose the thug life – it chose you.

2. Low-key

When you’re secretly enjoying something, you’re low-key loving it. Kind of like keeping something on the D.L. (the down low), we all secretly hope someone is in low-key in love with us, but then we remember that person is a celebrity, so they’re probably not (sob).

3. Done

Tired of someone’s attitude? Can’t face going to work in the morning? You’re done with it. You can even capitalise it for extra effect. I’m done with this explanation. DONE.

4. Hundo P

If you totally agree with something someone says, you agree with it “100 per cent” – or, if you’re a millennial, you agree hundo p. It’s really just an abbreviation of 100 per cent, and it’s so fun to use I’ve been saying it all week. It’s hundo p my new favourite phrase.

5. Dead/dying

Not to be confused with physically not being alive anymore, dead (and its cousin dying) are 2017’s way of saying you’re so shocked/delighted/entertained it’s figuratively killed you – kind of like dying from laughter except not actually dying, because that would be both tragic and impossible.

6. Extra

Perhaps the word gaining the fastest popularity right now is extra, which describes someone who’s over-the-top or trying too hard. Knowing this might even force you to realise you yourself are extra about something, which is a distressing but ultimately necessary discovery.

7. Going

This one is more popular in the UK and started life as spoken by people who live in the popular but slightly trashy county of Essex, north-east of London. Instead of saying you’re going to (insert place), you just say you’re going there. So, “let’s go to Nando’s” becomes “let’s go Nando’s”. And if you’re not sure what Nando’s is, you need to go live in the UK right now.

Go beyond the slang by studying English with usLearn More

Share this articles

Latest articles from Language learning

We'd love to stay in touch

Get the latest on travel, languages and culture with our newsletter. We send it out once a month and you can opt out anytime.

or get the rss feed

Please note: your privacy is our priority. Read our privacy policy for more information.

Thank you!

You are now subscribed. You'll hear from us soon!