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Gen Z’s slang, decoded

Nicholas Carlson December 15, 2022


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Gen Z employees are using new slang in the workplace — and it’s baffling their colleagues.


“Slay”? “Naur”? “Say less”?


Largely through TikTok, Gen Zers have developed a language of their own and are bringing it with them to the office, The Washington Post reports. But as young employees “ick” and “slay” their way through the corporate workplace, they’re confusing their coworkers — and learning what they should and shouldn’t say at work amid a generational language barrier.


Insider spoke with a human-resources professional, who said that while “older colleagues can benefit from being more adaptable and relatable to their younger coworkers,” there’s a time and place for Gen Z to bring new terminology into the office.


We “understood the assignment” — so we’re breaking down how to decipher Gen Z’s slang.


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