6 Phrases We Need to Stop Using in 2016

6 Phrases We Need to Stop Using in 2016

I love slang as much as anyone else, but there are some words/phrases that just need to be put to rest. Here’s my list of the 6 that we need to bid adieu in 2016. It’s a new year, people! Act accordingly.


Our generation loves an abbreviation. Short for “babe” or “baby”, bae was made popular in 2014 with the release of “Come Get it Bae” by Pharrell. At first it was a cute term of endearment, but now it’s just obnoxious. Let’s find another word to refer to our significant other or something we love.

Started From The Bottom:

Look, I am all for a come up/rags to riches story, but do we need to hashtag and announce our arrival to whatever the “top” is?

Sidenote: however, this gif will always be relevant.

(On) Fleek:

I get it. The original vine video was funny and went viral. The parodies that followed were equally amusing, including the one by Ariana Grande. But enough is enough. It’s used to describe everything and I just can’t anymore! “This outfit is on fleek.” “That cake was on fleek.” That new Drake song is fleekly.”

No, stop it.

It’s lit:

I feel like there are better words to describe that something is fun or exciting. And we are not going back to turnt. Let’s throw “it’s lit” in the bag too.


If one more Instagram post starts with “running through [insert location] with my woes”, I might scream. In case you’ve been living under a rock, the term was made famous by Drake’s “Know Yourself.” Ever since, woe/s has replaced squad, crew, friends family, [insert any group].

Let’s move on from this one, too.

Bye, Felicia:

If you’re not familiar, Felicia was a character from the cult classic Friday and the line comes from the movie. It started picking up speed a few years ago, but as soon as it became mainstream (like “bling bling”), with folks using it without remembering where it started – as well as after every time someone said bye, it became very clear it’s time to put this one back in the vault.