Slang Survey: Slay or Nay

Recent survey shows spark in new language


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SLAY OR NAY. Although not on the list of popular slang on the Preply survey, slay is one of the most popular on campus.

Slang. It’s used everyday, whether they are loved or hated, is up to the user to decide.

In 2022 the online Language Learning platform, Preply created a survey about slang terms that had surprising results. The survey showed this year’s most popular slang terms were “Salty” and “Ghosted” and declared “bae” as the most annoying. The survey said that around 89% of Americans find slang unprofessional.

These results aren’t widely agreed with especially from those of high school age.

“I would agree that ghosted is one of the top slang terms of 2022, but I feel like salty is an older slang term that has done its time,” senior Peyton Sewell said. “Personally, I think a slang term that really took over the year 2022 is ‘eat it up’.”

Every student still does have their favorites to choose from.

“I like the term ‘slay’, I am not entirely sure why it is my favorite,” senior Julia Humphries said. “A lot of my friends say it and it is pretty much just a silly way of saying Okay, good for you!”

However, some other terms are less than fan favorites.

“Probably the word ‘rizz‘, ” Humphries said. “I don’t know why but it makes me think of low quality stringy cheese.”

Whether liked or not, the debate about whether they can be professional, is still ongoing.

“I don’t believe slang terms can be used in professional settings because you are talking to an individual with respect, senior Brookelynn Alling said. “Using slang terms is assuming that your relationship with that person is casual not serious.”

Even if the subject of slang is one of debate and preference, they are heavily implemented into modern day to day. 

“Overall, slang is used widely in today’s generation and has a great effect on the way we communicate with each other,” junior Sypher East said. “I use slang daily, along with millions around the world.”