by Evan Kean
Whether you’re trying to get a high score on your SATs or tryna slide into someone’s DMs, understanding the language around you is key. But, language is as diverse as its applications, and can range from extremely formal to common vernacular. Luckily, The Raiders’ Digest is here to help you no matter what confusing communication conundrum you find yourself in. Here are two separate lists that cover the language found
Just like the website it is used in, the language found on Twitter changes very rapidly: words and phrases are commonplace one day and barely used the next. But, in today’s social media-centric society where nearly every famous person or organization has a Twitter account, it can be useful to know the latest Twitter lingo. Here is a brief list of some words to get you hip to what’s being said on Twitter. Who knows, maybe using them will even get your follower ratio up!
finna (contraction) shortening of “fixing to” – to express that one wants to, or is about to, attempt something I’m not finna go to the store with all this snow.
fire (adjective) – something that is high quality, often used when describing a rap song and its lyrics
(noun) – a rap, often written as “spit fire” meaning simply to rap Have you heard the new Kendrick Lamar album? It’s some fire.
loud (noun) – marijuana that is expensive or otherwise considered high quality While visiting his cousin in Colorado, George realized he couldn’t afford the loud.
whip (noun) – originally a Mercedes-Benz automobile, now any car He pulled up to school in the new whip, much to the jealousy of his friends.
SMH (acronym) stands for “shaking my head” – used to show disappointment or disapproval My friend never does her homework and eventually failed her class SMH.
fam (noun) shortening of “family” – a close group of people His fam was there to back him up when he lost his job.
savage (adjective) – 1. one who is daring, brave or otherwise ignores consequences 2. anything that is considered extreme or hardcore After she cursed out her teacher, Rebecca was known as the class savage.
cop (verb) – to get, acquire or receive Can you cop me a soda from the vending machine?
swole (adjective) – muscular or buff, typically from having worked out Johnny’s Instagram was full of him looking swole at the gym.
FOH (acronym) stands for “f*** outta (out of) here” – used as an interjection to show contempt or incredulousness I can’t believe Scott is such a bandwagon FOH.
curve (verb) – to ignore, avoid or flat out deny others advances; to reject someone Lily was mortified after she was curved on Twitter in front of all her followers.
mixtape (noun) – a collection of an amateur rapper’s songs (often used jokingly) My new mixtape drops next month, make sure to check it out on SoundCloud.
AF/AsF (acronym) stands for “as f***” – used after an adjective to add emphasis That blanket my grandma sewed as cozy AF.
grind (noun) – 1. the hard work put in to attain one’s goals 2. any job one does to make money or be successful Trying to save up for a new car, Mike was on the grind.
no chill (phrase) – used to describe someone that has become reckless, irrational or crude Even after the party was over everyone had no chill.
thot (adjective) – originally an acronym meaning “that h** over there,” now refers to any typically female individual who is sexually promiscuous Chief Keef cautions us to love no thottie.
bae (noun) – a significant other e.g. boyfriend or girlfriend Later tonight I’m taking bae to dinner.
Having a large vocabulary pool to draw from has a cast of benefits on the SAT: it strengthens your writing section, expedites reading sections and gives you an obvious advantage on the fill-in-the-blank writing questions, where selecting the correct answer hinges on whether or not you are familiar with the words that are given to you. Simply put, having a solid vocabulary equals a higher SAT score. The following is a list of words that frequently appear on the SAT. Plus, even if you don’t use them on the SAT, you can still use them in real life to make you sound smart!
Insinuate (verb) – 1. to say or suggest something in an indirect way 2. to make something part of a group It was insinuated that the funds for the new building were obtained illegally.
Ameliorate (verb) – to make something better; to improve Jeff tried to ameliorate his relation with his wife by buying her chocolates and flowers. It didn’t work.
Obfuscate (verb) – to make something more confusing; to obscure The teacher’s lousy explanation only served to obfuscate the subject matter.
Iconoclast (noun) – one who criticizes or goes against widely accepted beliefs Catherine was a political iconoclast who only voted for third-party candidates.
Esoteric (adjective) – only understood by a small group of people; vague The calculus textbook was so esoteric that most students didn’t even both reading it.
Purport (verb) – to claim or propose an idea that may or may not be true (noun) – the reason or meaning behind something Earnest politicians often purport they will be the ones to end the corruption that plagues the government.
Derelict (adjective) – abandoned or run-down After being shut down by public health officials, the factory took on a derelict appearance.
Impunity (noun) – exemption from punishment or harm
Platitude (noun) – a trite or banal remark; a cliché The ambassador greeted the president with the usual platitudes.
Consummate (adjective) – complete in every detail; perfect (verb) to make something complete or perfect She became known as a master throughout the art community for her consummate paintings.
Progenitor (noun) – an ancestor in a direct line; forefather Mark was the most recent progenitor in the long line of store managers.
Veracity (noun) – 1. something true 2. devotion to the truth; truthfulness The Raiders’ Digest has a manifest veracity to it that is not found anywhere else.
Surreptitious (adjective) – accomplished using stealth; clandestine P
Quixotic (adjective) – foolishly impractical in the pursuit of ideals; impulsive or rash She was on a quixotic quest to find Big Foot.
Evanesce (verb) – to disappear gradually; vanish As time went on, the incident seemed to evanesce from public mind.
Corporeal (adjective) – physically existing; tangible The jury acquitted the murder suspect, for there was no corporeal evidence.