For all of the aging millennials and Gen Xers who are wondering just exactly what is happening in slang these days, this one's for you.
Dr. Phil made a Twitter video to straight up ask Gen Z:
"What the heck are you talking about?"
Sksksksk? 🤷♂️ https://t.co/PZunpZs9q3— Dr. Phil (@Dr. Phil) 1571866902.0
A strong amount of people are with Dr. Phil.
What are you youths saying?
@BusyPhilipps I have never related to Dr. Phil more, I don't know what any of that means. I guess it means I'm old now?— tara michelle (@tara michelle) 1571930065.0
@BusyPhilipps @yashar Same. Must be an 11 year old thing. I just try inserting them randomly into conversations lik… https://t.co/cDcWP1MMxE— La Cosa Pazza (@La Cosa Pazza) 1571930505.0
@BusyPhilipps I literally don’t know what any of that means. 🥴😂— Brandy (@Brandy) 1571930688.0
@BusyPhilipps I was so confused when my 11 year old started talking like sksksksks, so I played her @MoonZappa… https://t.co/p7Z9gJ4Vu8— Teri (@Teri) 1571933083.0
@BusyPhilipps I get that every generation has their own language but these are not even words.— Cheryl (@Cheryl) 1571931871.0
Thanks to the internet, we have answers available.
According to Urban Dictionary:
"VSCO GIRLVSCO GIRL- Wears oversized t-shirts or sweatshirt with Nike shorts. Has Vans, Crocs, Birks, and wears a shell necklace. She also wears tube tops and Jean shorts. She always has a hydroflask. She can't leave home without a scrunchie and her favorite car is a jeep."
And as for "Sksksksk":
"Sksksksk" is a phrase that's mostly typed, sort of like mashing your keyboard as an exclamation. It can stand in for laughter, or express awkwardness, or be the same as an "OMG."
For those who did know these phrases, their disappointment in Dr. Phil cannot be overstated.
@DrPhil Sksksksjsjdfdfj https://t.co/XQxIc7exzp— your favorite gemini (@your favorite gemini) 1571874380.0
@DrPhil scissors when i cut paper https://t.co/2v6SGujvgt— nayelli 🇲🇽 (@nayelli 🇲🇽) 1571884884.0
May never recover from hearing Dr. Phil attempt to understand "and I OOP" and "sksksk"— Craig Bro Dude (@Craig Bro Dude) 1571931697.0
@DrPhil @spicyslayers I’m going through all the stages of grief at once— alizée (@alizée) 1571884910.0
@DrPhil https://t.co/zFjJOKoiyG— free pies 🥧 (@free pies 🥧) 1571867190.0
@alilikaiii @DrPhil @spicyslayers Dr. Phil is too lazy to use the electric google toobs and Urban Dictionary. I thi… https://t.co/GXqsPdA85n— Andrew Wells (@Andrew Wells) 1571943854.0
People are also unkindly noting the generation gap:
My favorite boomer https://t.co/VWN6qyXuh8— Andi. (@Andi.) 1571920998.0
But some are taking pity on the poor TV star and telling him the pertinent information.
@DrPhil Vsco girl is a meme about girls who wear oversized t shirts, scrunchies, and have hydroflasks. They usually… https://t.co/VYcfKFnWiw— 𝐸𝓁𝒾☆ / #1 AVA STAN (@𝐸𝓁𝒾☆ / #1 AVA STAN) 1571878129.0
@SadSpookyNoris @DrPhil you're the only person who answered him lmao— krow (@krow) 1571884583.0
@DrPhil we have you covered https://t.co/H6oibBrDrQ— Betches (@Betches) 1571892857.0
@DrPhil Dr Phil is the most wholesome human being and we must do everything in our power to protect this man.— 🎃 SpookyDoge 🎃 #RavensFlock 5-2 (@🎃 SpookyDoge 🎃 #RavensFlock 5-2) 1571867288.0
@DrPhil Oh my god phil you are a blessing— My power grows each October (@My power grows each October) 1571866979.0
Slang will continue to change, time will march on.
But Dr. Phil will remain more or less the same.
@DrPhil The people that say these things are the ones who actually need you, Dr Phil— Honeyy (@Honeyy) 1571869825.0
@DrPhil @WesabiTTV https://t.co/LAChpWWjWe— Nathan (@Nathan) 1571900664.0
@DrPhil Oh no 😂 https://t.co/cM29imhqPP— ⎊((Fitzy))⍟ (@⎊((Fitzy))⍟) 1571867042.0
@DrPhil all hail the king https://t.co/SP6V7XNmwj— 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐚𝐲𝐥𝐚🔪 (@𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐚𝐲𝐥𝐚🔪) 1571867242.0
@DrPhil https://t.co/yvch8yDqd2— 🎃👻Juan Miguel Deleon👻🎃 (@🎃👻Juan Miguel Deleon👻🎃) 1571921452.0
In 2020 we are going to make sure all the humans are caught up on the latest slang.
How current are you on your slang history? The book From Ameche to Zozzled: A Glossary of Hard-Boiled Slang of the 1920s through the 1940s is available here.