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Most Annoying Slang Words Americans Use

If you ever call your partner “bae” or complain that you’re “hangry” you’re officially using some of America’s most annoying slang, according to new research from OnePoll. A new study examining the use and knowledge of modern slang by 2,000 Americans found the top 20 slang words that leave the average person irritated.

Top 20 most annoying slang terms:

  1. GOAT
  2. Bae
  3. Hangry
  4. Gucci
  5. Ghost
  6. Fleek
  7. Stussy
  8. TFW
  9. Throw shade
  10. SMH
  11. Totes
  12. Clap back
  13. Turn up/turnt
  14. Peeped
  15. Thirsty
  16. Lit
  17. Spill the tea/sipping tea
  18. Fam
  19. Snack
  20. Trill

Most commonly used slang terms:

  1. Bae
  2. SMH
  3. Lit
  4. Fam
  5. Hangry
  6. Thirsty
  7. GOAT
  8. Keep It 100
  9. Gucci
  10. Fire
  11. Woke
  12. Turn up/turnt
  13. Throw shade
  14. Spill the tea/sipping tea
  15. Fleek
  16. Peeped
  17. TFW
  18. Clap back
  19. Totes
  20. Trill

Other findings:

  • Americans are too old to use slang at the age of 43, according to the data. In fact, one in four Americans thinks people over the age of 25 are already too old to use any form of slang at all.
  • 37% found slang use in the workplace completely unacceptable and 55% were totally against using “lol” in an email to a boss. Nearly half of people surveyed thought it was not as bad to use “lol” when emailing a coworker.
  • Over half of those polled didn’t know the term “ghosting” had a negative connotation, and 55% didn’t think being called “on fleek” was a compliment.
  • Even gossiping could turn into a tricky business since 37% could not identify the definition of “spill the tea.”
  • 44% of people worry about using slang incorrectly, but that doesn’t stop them from throwing out the trendiest lingo — 46% admitted to using slang without fully knowing what it means.