April 15, 2024

A Political Guide to Gen Z Internet Slang – POLITICO

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“Vladimir Putin has been quietly taking L, with an average performance that shows a great lack of boldness. But he has been a boy who chooses me from the handshake: Viktor Orbán. It’s about hitting the villains, without limit.”

If you understood that, then you don’t need to go any further.

For our real readers, you might want to stick around for the next five minutes.

POLITICO recently got an L (we’ll get to that in a second) when it ranked the “rizzest” politicians, and our newsroom came under fire for not using Gen Z slang correctly. (For the last time, you can “have” rizz but not “be” rizz… We’ll explain more below.)

As some of the younger employees in the bureau, we thought it was time to restore POLITICO’s reputation and show that, despite being hardcore political nerds, we know how to use our generation’s lingo.

We are not here to participate; We are here to take control…

Half: Saying something is “average” means that it is average, mediocre, of poor quality. It’s one of Gen Z’s favorite insults, so keep an eye out for this one. For example, the eighth season of Game of Thrones reached the halfway mark, as do the responses of EU spokespersons to any major world event.

Come out, king: “Pop off” is usually used to congratulate someone when they did something impressive or great, to indicate that they went above and beyond. For example, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz actually had the idea of ​​guiding Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán out of the EUCO room, a strategic masterstroke (at least if Scholz’s camp is to be believed) that allowed the leaders approve the opening of accession talks for Ukraine.

Low Key/High Key: This has been around for a long time, but it is essential. You can use the low tone when you want to express a feeling in a subtle way; something similar to “slightly” or “a little.” Highkey means the opposite. For example, over the summer, tech billionaire Elon Musk and Meta boss Mark Zuckerberg couldn’t stop talking about their planned scrap. Musk was very excited to get his butt beat by Zuckerberg. But Zuckerberg was quietly upset with Musk and canceled the cage fight.

Rizz: “Rizz” can be used to indicate “style, charm, or attractiveness” or “the ability to attract a romantic or sexual partner.” It’s hard to know which politicians have rizz (if any?), but we’re sure who doesn’t have any: Donald Trump. Although a “Karen” might like Trump, Generation Z thinks Trump has no nerve, after hearing him say “grab them by the pussy.” With that vile phrase, Trump gave us the disgusting. (Ick is an additional word that means to do something unpleasant or disgusting.)

Choose me girl/boy: A girl or boy who chooses me is someone who seeks validation by underlining how different they are. A girl who chooses me will continue to insist that she is not like other girls just to get men’s attention. This is a bit difficult to translate into politics, but remember Karin Kneissl, the former Austrian minister who danced with Putin at her wedding? Not only is she a girl who chooses me, but they even chose her: she now lives in St. Petersburg, the Russian president’s hometown.

Take an L: “L” is short for “loser” or “loss,” so “taking an L” means failing at something. It can also be used when something unfortunate happens to you. For example, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki got an L earlier this year when he lost the election to a coalition led by Donald Tusk. That, of course, was a big “W” for Tusk.

Outgoing Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki got a major L when he lost the election | Wojtek Radwanski/AFP via Getty Images

He/she ate: No, this has nothing to do with eating habits. Very similar to “pop off, king” above, when we say someone ate (or devoured) we mean they simply did something. exceptionally well. It can sometimes be followed by “and leave no crumbs.” Another similar way to praise someone is to say: “attend” either “kill.”

For example: Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg actually ate with her iconic clap again in misogynistic influencer Andrew Tate last year. The online guru was “flexing(showing) their cars and his broadcasts in the direction of Greta, when Thunberg responded “yes, please enlighten me. send me an email to [email protected].” Needless to say, he was gagged (without words) and took the L.

Vibes: This one has layers, so bear with us. We can use this when referring to someone’s vibe, also known as their energy/mood. Someone’s vibrations may be off, in which case you should stay away from them. But places and situations can also have vibrations. For example, the vibes at this year’s COP28 climate summit were quite tense. Or Putin might ask “what’s the vibe there?” before choosing to skip the G20 for legal reasons.

Is giving…: This is a way of saying that something reminds us of something else; It emits a particular energy (or vibration, see above). As in: When the European Commission unfreezes €10 billion for Orbán and he lifts his veto on Ukraine’s accession talks the next day, some might say “it’s blackmail.” “It’s giving” can also be used just to congratulate someone or something.

Situation: You’re in a situation where you’ve just started having something with someone and it’s more than a friendship, but not a relationship yet. For some reason (mainly fear of commitment) you decide not to label the relationship, thus making it more complicated. Since Brexit, the EU and the United Kingdom have found themselves in a difficult situation. Switzerland has also been in a serious situation with Brussels for years. And let’s not even talk about the EU and Mercosur: that is a situation that lasts 20 years!

Let them cook: Letting someone cook means taking a step back to give them the space to do what they need, because they’re getting it done. The EU reopened the door to enlargement during Ursula von der Leyen’s annual State of the European Union address in 2023, and they have at least started to deliver. The bloc has begun accession talks with Ukraine and Moldova, in addition to granting candidate status to Georgia. If the EU continues to cook, the bloc could go from 27 to more than 30 members.

Their: This translates to generations, but anyway, have you seen the way Florida Governor and US presidential candidate Ron DeSantis walks around in cowboy boots? That is what we would call “sus” (or suspect). Many have pointed out that he probably uses lifts to increase his height. (And three experts POLITICO asked agree with that view.) Therefore, it is also quite “suspicious” for DeSantis to claim that he is 180 centimeters tall.

Mother: Well, we know that Ursula von der Leyen is a mother (of seven, by the way). But is she “mother” (without the article)? The term originated in the queer dance scene, where members are part of houses run by a “mother.” However, the internet has adopted it to mean more broadly to have admiration for any iconic person (mostly women, but can apply more broadly). Some might look at a high-level female EU leader – such as former Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin or current Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas – and say: “that’s the mother” or “the mother is being a mother”.

Fool: When someone is “simple” with another person, it means that they are submissive and generally suck up to them. At this point, we could say the same about Orbán or the Slovak Robert Fico in relation to Putin, right? Orbán and Fico may be in the EU, but they still love getting close to daddy Vladimir. (Although the Russian leader is not entirely convinced by such displays of servility.)

Cheugy: Cheugy is what you’re going to call POLITICO after reading this article: trying too hard to be cool.

Sabine Martin contributed reporting.

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