5 Trendy Slang Phrases We Need To Retire

It's time to say Bye Felicia to Bye Felicia. 

By Eric Shorey

Slang phrases proliferate on the Internet, but quickly get overused into oblivion. We've had some fun with these phrases but we think it's time to put them out to pasture. 

1.“Bye Felicia”

About a year ago, we all had quite a nice time dismissing haters with four simple syllables. The phrase, which originated in the movie Friday in 1995, was revived and used as a great way to trip up your enemies with a very specific kind of detached anger. We even spawned a gender-swapped alternative: Bye Felipe. As it grew in popularity, accusations of cultural appropriation flew and the new movie Straight Outta Compton created a less-than-comforting origin of the phrase. It's time to say Bye Felicia to Bye Felicia.


Although positive proclamations are always pleasant, “YASSSS” has been taken from the queers who invented it and turned into a trite response to anything even remotely good. Originating from a viral video of an enthusiastic Lady Gaga fan now it seems that new moms are YASSS'ing their babies and teachers are YASSSS'ing their students. Enough. (But at least we got that awesome Nicki Minaj song out of it. 

3. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Who knows how the ACSII face was invented, but now the baffled smirk (doofily nicknamed Shruggy by emoji enthusiasts) has made it to the senate floor. Shruggy used to be a cute way to brush off something uninteresting, but now I associate his face with random old white dudes!

4. “Basic”

Like “Bye Felicia," the trend pieces surrounding the much-utilized insult ultimately brought about the demise of “basic." A frustrating glut of internet writers invested a lot in whether or not “basic” was an explicitly racist term until Jezebel's Kara Brown shut them down in a meanly worded post. Fall is coming and we should all work harder to avoid using this word to describe anyone who drinks a Pumpkin Spice Latte. Besides, those things are delicious.

5. “On Fleek”

This phrase was annoying way before corporate Twitter accounts began using the phrase -- sometimes incorrectly. Yes, we get it, you like how your eyebrows look. Now think of something funnier to say.

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