As we get older, there are some things we can’t do as well or as often as our younger selves, like staying up all night or wearing tube tops. But have you ever considered there are some words that you may want to ditch from your vocabulary once you hit a certain age? We’re talking about slang words that you may think make you seem hip, but when you’re 40 or older, others may see as not so much cool, but like you’re going through a midlife crisis. These are some slang terms and phrases that you might want to consider retiring if you’re trying to “act your age.”
- “All the feels”- When you’re a teenager or in your 20s and you’re overwhelmed with emotion, you’re having all the feels. But some think it’s wrong to be 40+ and say something like, “I just finalized my divorce and I’m having all the feels.”
- “YOLO”- Is 40 the age to retire the acronym for “you only live once?” Some feel we should stop being foolish and doing things we know we shouldn’t by this time, and that saying YOLO should be a hard no.
- “Lit”- It refers to something really cool, but it might not be “lit” to hear a middle-aged person use it.
- “Cray-cray”- Let’s just go with “crazy” and leave this one to the young people.
- “The struggle is real”- It might be slang when teens say it, but by the time you’re 40, the struggle is real for all kinds of things, so why wouldn’t we say it?
- “Oh, snap!”- Does anyone - of any age - really say this anymore?
- “Put on blast”- This means calling someone out and it seems like a fine phrase for the over-40 set, although some prefer “throwing shade” instead.
- “Talk to the hand”- Age has nothing to do with it, this is just a tired phrase that no one should be saying.
- “Adulting”- When you’re over 40, everything you do is technically adulting, right?
- “Hashtag”- If you’re using it in a social media post, it’s fine at any age. But saying the word hashtag followed by another random word may make you seem less like an in-the-know hipster and more like an old person who’s confused by how this whole “Internet thing” works.