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'Cheugy' Is The New Gen-Z Word For Basic And It Probably Describes You

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'Cheugy' Is The New Gen-Z Word For Basic And It Probably Describes You

Another day, another Gen-Z buzzword sweeping the internet.

But while some TikTok trends are quite fun (wearing bikini bottoms as tops for instance) some, frankly, are just downright offensive.

The latest piece of lingo is likely to offend our delicate millennial sensibilities, as our younger and cooler Gen-Z counterparts have come up with a new word to describe pretty much all of our lifestyle choices - and that word is 'cheugy'.

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Brought to attention by the delightfully named TikTokker webkinzwhore143 (real name Hailey Cain), being 'cheugy' - pronounced as "chew-ghee" - is defined as "the opposite of trendy, was maybe stylish at secondary school, but is no longer in style.

This whole outfit? Cheugy. (Credit: Unsplash)
This whole outfit? Cheugy. (Credit: Unsplash)

"It is used when someone follows these out of date trends, or something that falls into that category."

Things that can be described as cheugy? Well, prepare to be embarrassed, because it's basically everything we once thought was cool.

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Hailey cites slogan tees, Instagram captions that read: 'I did a thing', 'thank u next', or any Taylor Swift lyrics as cheugy.

Captioning an Instagram post with 'thank u next?' Cheugy (sorry Ariana!) (Credit: PA Images)
Captioning an Instagram post with 'thank u next?' Cheugy (sorry Ariana!) (Credit: PA Images)

Wearing Ugg boots can be cheugy, as well as choker necklaces, tassel earrings and anything that has #GirlBoss on it.

Even food can be cheugy. Do you love lasagne? Well, you're cheugy then, and there's nothing you can do about it.

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Basically, anything from around 2005 to about 2014 is now cheugy. So yeah, congratulations. You're no longer young and hip, but to Gen Z, off-trend and uncool.

Brb, we're about to throw out everything we own.

Tassel earrings? Hella cheugy (Credit: Unsplash)
Tassel earrings? Hella cheugy (Credit: Unsplash)

Cheugy as a term was originally coined in 2013 by Gabby Rasson, according to the New York Times. Coming up with the word while at school, she and her friends used it to describe people that were slightly off-trend.

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And she says she needn't worry if she own a few cheugy items because apparently, "we all have a little cheug in us". Well, that's a relief.

Lasagne is also cheugy. We dont make the rules (Credit: Unsplash)
Lasagne is also cheugy. We dont make the rules (Credit: Unsplash)

The great cheugy debate is the latest raging feud between millennials and Gen-Z.

According to the youth of today, ordering a cappuccino also makes you 'old' (no more frothy coffees for us, then), laughing emojis are cringe and skinny jeans are a complete no-no.

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But the joke's on them, as they've only just discovered what skorts are.

Ha! Who's cheugy now?

Featured Image Credit: Unsplash/Pexels

Topics: Life News, Life, TikTok

Kimberley Bond
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