Words have importance, weight and power, and Crossword Solver knows lots about languge. The site has published some United States-centric research into the evolution of words.
In particular, Crossword Solver looked into slang, and there’s a bit of gamer lingo. Here’s a summary of their work before we get to some map infographics to visualise it all. Why visualise it at all? Sometimes pictures are more powerful than words.
Evolution of slang
- Cutie is the most used slang word for boyfriend/girlfriend in nine states, more than any other slang for a partner.
- Glitch is the top gaming slang word in seven states.
- Finna and simp are each the most common Gen-Z slang word in six states.
- Deuce is the most prevalent hip-hop slang word in eight states.
In the United States, people prefer ‘Shorty’ or ‘Cutie’ as terms for partners
US gamers have adopted many non-gaming terms, including noob, loot and even GG, which were all used before
Simp and finna are making the hop from Gen-Z to mainstream
Hip-hop continues to be a word engine of wonder
I know what the reaction to Shetlanders would be if they saw their home in a box placed randomly offshore of Scotland. Is the same not true for Alaska?
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