Note: article image from the Senyora Twitter account
We Filipinos have a constantly evolving slang or vocabulary. This extends to the online sphere, especially since our country has been dubbed as the social media capital of the world. There are even words which are mostly (and sometimes too frequently) used in online conversations, and are rarely used offline or in person. A good example of this are the five words listed below. If any of these words are new to you, go ask any kid or millenial that you know.
When was the last time you talked to someone (in person) who actually used the word “savage”? Do most of the young folk that use it on their tweets or Facebook posts know what the word even means? If I had to put my own definition, I’d say the words “brutal” or “animalistic” come to mind.
Some kids use the word correctly:
“Bakit ang panget mo?”
“Kasi peg ko itsura mo eh”
BUUUUURN SAVAGE AF
— Maria Angela (@angela_claveria) May 23, 2016
While others unfortunately do not:
Ang sarap ng jolli spaghetti like ??? On the 7th day God made jollibee spaghetti and it was savage af 💯👌🔥
— fridaヽ༼ຈ ل͜ຈ༽ﾉ (@frannoying) May 29, 2016
Beast mode is a really good one. I assume it traces its origins to sports (NFL great Marshawn Lynch comes to mind) or maybe video games, or even Transformers: Beast Wars (this show was crazy with its transforming robot dinosaurs). Either way, “beast mode” is used to refer to something or someone incredible, excellent, angrily violent, or superhuman.
Na-beast mode na si koya baron, nag training na ng karate HAHHAHAH #TeamGeisler
— Scarlet Speedster (@ijohnrusel) May 31, 2016
Sana mag-beast mode si LeBron. Cavs will win this game. Tapusin ang laban sa East. #NBAsaABSCBN
— Zai Atienza (@zaianntific) May 28, 2016
In 2016, “slay” doesn’t mean kill or murder as much as it means to do well or even look good in something. To “kill” it so to speak.
goals- to slay in my course so bad that people will stop wondering kung bat di ako nag arki.
— Jeisela Gaerlan (@pattyntero) June 6, 2016
Habang kumakanta ako ng into you habang naglalakad papuntang house biglang may nag second voice sa likod ahhahaha go ate slay ahhahahaha
— Peter (@mutuc03) June 7, 2016
Pretty sure “shady” doesn’t refer to the Shady records music label by Eminem. And while the word can still refer to a place with shade/away from sunlight, in the eyes of young Pinoys, it just means suspicious or devious.
McDo’s new TVC is shady af! “Ang paboritong chicken ni Joy… Chicken mc-mc-McDo!” 😂
— Jesi(A)bels (@jesirutherford) April 16, 2016
kahapon ang shady niyong lahat tapos ngayon ang babait niyo??
— renee ❁ (@breezybws) May 25, 2016
We only have Taylor Swift, her girl squad, and their “goals” for singlehandedly placing the word “squad” into the online vocabularies of young people the world over.
Feels so good when you know that your squad still care about each other tho minsan nalang magkakasama sama 😝😂
— Kate Silvestre ➕ (@katesilvestre) June 4, 2016
tinawagan ako ni bes, ininggit pako naginom daw sila kasama ang squad
— H (@VinceHizonPH) June 8, 2016