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The Gen Z Slang That Annoys Older Generations the Most

The Gen Z Slang That Annoys Older Generations the Most

A new survey highlighted the work slang Gen Z uses at the office that most annoys their older coworkers… and vice versa. The language learning platform Preply claimed “Ping you” was the work jargon that most irked youngsters based on 1,002 responses. Meanwhile, older workers found the use of “G.O.A.T.” most annoying.

When questioned about overused phrases, members of Generation Z, who are now willing to pay exorbitant prices for outdated iPods, also mentioned the term “period.” Out of the 20somethings surveyed, 92% admitted to utilizing corporate jargon in their workplace communication. Surprisingly, 20% confessed that they find these buzzwords rather perplexing.

However, the NY Post compiled a list of Gen Z work terms that annoy old-timers. At the top of the list is the previously mentioned G.O.A.T. The acronym stands for “Greatest of All Time,” and it has gained significant popularity in the sports world. It is often used in debates about athletes who have dominated their respective sports, such as Michael Jordan.

More Insufferable Gen Z Work Slang

This takes us to “Slay” and “Sus”, two words hard to imagine being used anywhere but a playground. “Slay” is often used to convey someone’s exceptional performance, particularly in terms of appearance or personal and professional accomplishments. On the other hand, “Sus” is a shortened form of “suspicious” and is commonly employed to describe dubious behavior.

Meanwhile, “vibing” is a term used by Gen Z to convey their positive emotions, particularly when words fail to capture their youthful exuberance. It refers to the feeling of being in a cheerful and uplifted state, where good “vibes” abound.

Of course, Gen Z can’t possibly slow down to say two words, leading to the not-at-all-faster “FR”. The shortened form of “for real” adds weight and precision to a situation or description. It also represents the atomic symbol for francium.

The term “glow-up” is used to describe the personal transformation and growth of an individual over time. It often refers to young individuals maturing and using more sophisticated language skills as they develop. Hey, at least it’s positive. Meanwhile, “bet” is another way of saying “yes” or “I agree.”

However, there’s a work phrase young workers didn’t care for that might earn them some goodwill. Among phrases commonly used by individuals of all generations, Gen Z employees also identified “piggybacking” as one of the most bothersome terms heard in the workplace. In fairness, many of their coworkers would likely say “Bet” to that.