Basic, salty, thirsty, extra, bye Felicia: To most people, these are just words, but to students, these words become weapons in the social battlefield.
“Salty” means to be upset or angry if something doesn’t go your way, according to Reddit. It originally meant “racy” or “sexy” in the 1860s.
“Salty” first appeared in the U.S. in 1938, regarding sailors and how they were tough and aggressive.
The phrase “jump salty” was associated with sailors who would unexpectedly become enraged.
“Basic” or “basic bitch,” or “basic bro,” is used to describe people who like popular or mainstream items, according to Wikipedia.
The term “basic” [bitch] was coined by comedian Lil’ Duval. Over the years, “basic” started popping up in rap songs, from Lil’ Wayne’s “I’m Not A Human Being” to Tyga’s “Hard in the Print,” where the rappers claim that they aren’t “basic.”
Another rapper, The Game, released a song titled “Basic Bitch,” which warns listeners to stay away from “basic bitches” because they are perceived as “fake.”
Being basic is a horrible medical condition, according to College Humor.
In 2014, they released a parody video of a women being “diagnosed” as a “Basic Bitch.”
“Thirsty” describes someone who is desperate for a relationship, according to onlineslangdictionary.com.
Someone who’s “thirsty” is trying way too hard to get the attention of the person they are attracted to. There is no real origin of “thirsty”, but it has been traced back to the dorms of an Illinois college campus.
“Extra” is someone or something that is over the top, excessive, or displays dramatic behavior, according to Urban Dictionary.
They tend to be dramatic, showy, and have an over the top personality or attitude towards something.
My research did not find an origin for the term.
Last, but certainly not least, everyone’s favorite: “bye Felicia.”
“Bye Felicia” means to tell someone to, essentially, get out of my face, leave me alone, stop bothering me, or to simply dismiss someone, according to Urban Dictionary.
Ice Cube said the origin of “Bye Felicia” was a throw-away line in his 1995 movie “Friday.”
In the scene, Chris Tucker and Ice Cube’s characters sat outside when a girl from their neighborhood, named
Felicia, asked Tucker’s character if she could borrow his car, and later his joint.
“These words come into our everyday language because people like to jump on the bandwagon,” stated student Kailee Ruff.
Student Vanessa Sanchez stated, “these words, to me, are meant to be used in a negative and harmful way towards the people around us, especially for the ones who are not liked.”
Some students do not use slang because they want to maintain professionalism with classmates and colleagues, whereas others use slang, but only around family and friends.
“For me, I say ‘Bye Felicia’ a lot because my family and I joke around with that term and tell each other that on a daily basis,” stated Sanchez.
Whether or not these words are used more in real life or online, it depends.
“I feel they are used when people are joking around with a group of friends, or when referring to people, which to me is sad that our society belittles others,” stated Ruff.
“To me, it depends on what we are talking about and how it is all being said,” stated Sanchez.
With all that said, bye Felicia, with yo extra thirsty, salty, basic self. Mhmm.