We Are Tired Of Hearing These 15 Annoying Millenial Phrases

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Millennials are always coming up with some new phrase to confuse older generations. While we typically bear most phrases, some are getting too old and becoming a little annoying. Here are the 15 millennial phrases we should say goodbye to and stop using them in every conversation:


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Millennials have been using adulting to describe actions and responsibilities associated with being an adult. While it sounded cute initially, saying you’re adulting is just tooting your own horn. Why can’t we just say we’re being adults?

I did a thing

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We all know a friend who’ll say this before revealing some of the craziest decisions they’ve ever made. And let’s be honest; most revelations that follow this phrase rarely sound good and only come off as attention-seeking.


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Calling something ‘basic’ is relating it to mainstream and stereotypical trends. Most millennials use basic when disagreeing with someone’s style and preferences. The slang has long become rude and encourages negativity.

I can’t even

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We’ve all muttered this when we’re overwhelmed or can’t handle our emotions, but this saying has gotten too old. It sounds vague and incomplete, too, so how about we stick to being genuine and just saying we can’t handle it?


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Saying something is in the ‘feels’ was once a way to express nostalgia and convey your emotional reaction to something. But now, this phrase has overshadowed most compliments, so it no longer delivers the praise we aimed for.


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There’s no better way to say it: extra is extra. The word introduced to express something over-the-top and overly dramatic has become what it swore to make fun of, and now it sounds like an insult anytime we try to use it.


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This is one of the few compliments that never made much sense. Saying someone looks snatched is meant to convey that they look amazing, but it’s just confusing. If you used this as a compliment with boomers, they’d assume someone got kidnapped.


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There was once a time when everyone used the word savage in witty situations. But the world has evolved since then; we’ve seen it as a compliment, a reaction to honesty, and an insult, which is precisely why we need to stop using it altogether.

Clap back 

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Aiming for a more literal sense, clapback was used by most high schoolers and teenagers when responding sharply with a comeback. That makes it annoying; clapback is just another word for comeback, so why not just resort to the older one?


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We admit it: we all use bae with our loved ones. For “before anyone else,” bae has been a romantic word for a long time, but it’s a bit too cute and overshadows a simpler nickname for your loved ones: babe.


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High-key means something we strongly and openly feel, so naturally, we’ve used this term a lot. But, the overuse of high-key is why we can’t bear it anymore. Hearing adults say high-key feels annoying and lazy now.

I have the receipts

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This started as a way to say we’ve got proof to back up our words. But people use this phrase so much that it loses its credibility and instead sounds like you’re being unnecessarily blamed for something.

Sorry not sorry

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‘Sorry, not sorry’ is a classic non-apology wrapped up in a smirk. It started as playful, but now it just skips the warmth of a real “I’m sorry.”

This is everything

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It literally means ‘it is what it is,’ and it’s nothing more or less than what you see at that moment. People use it mainly to end a conversation or a task.

Throwing Shade

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While once a clever way to describe subtle insults or criticism, it’s now overused and lacks originality. It’s become so common that it’s lost its impact, often used in situations where genuine communication would be more effective.

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