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‘Niokotwe’, ‘Bae’ and the buzzwords of 2015

1. Bae

Means: It’s a short form of “Babe”, which means lover. It can also be used to refer to people you value.

How to use it: “Bae, I love your outfit.”


Means: Acronym for Fear Of Missing Out (usually written, not spoken).

How to use: “I hate the Star Wars sequel but I had to watch it because of FOMO.”


Means: Acronym for Not Safe For Work. Used to warn somebody that a picture, audio or video cannot be downloaded, listened to or watched while at work due to its nature.

How to use: (Always written, not spoken). “Hey bro, that video is NSFW.

4. Goals

Means: Something desired.

How to use it: “OMG! Look at that shoe. Goals!”

5. Zero chill

Means: You’ve lost the ability to care anymore.

How to use: “Zero chill, you did not just tell him that.”

6. Niokotwe…

Means: (Always written, not spoken) Swahili slang for laughter, almost same as “I can’t”.

How to use: While commenting on a funny story or picture, you write “niokotwe Kinoo”.

7. Turn up

Means: To get high or drunk.

How to use: “Josephine’s party was turnt up last night. I had like 7 drinks, hooked up with 2 chicks and was going HAM on the dance floor. I was all the way turnt up.”

8. Shoe/sock game

Means: Showing off expensive shoes or (brilliantly coloured) socks.

How to use: Take a picture of your shoes and socks and write #Shoegame or #Sockgame.

9. Squad

Means: clique or group of friends.

How to use: I went out last night with the squad.