We’ve all seen it coming. Now I've got to be "that guy" who writes about everybody's favorite new phrases: Swag, and Yolo. These two phrases have been lumped into the image of modern teenagers and as a result, have a bad reputation.
Let’s start at the heart of these phrases. Swag's real meaning is for describing someone "with a confident stride" or a noun for merchandise. So at least under this definition, the word is technically still being used correctly..... more or less. Yolo on the other hand stands for "You Only Live Once."
First, what is the slang definition of these phrases? They have no definite meaning in how they are currently used, and they are used differently by every person. While I’m not the only one who would want to just ramble on about how these two phrases are "ruining society" and "kids these days", do either of these trends actually make a difference? Despite the yearly and bi-yearly trends, teenagers continue to act like, well, teenagers. Before you blame Swag and Yolo themselves, think if those two made a difference in the first place. They're nothing but placeholders as the current trend, waiting to be phased out whenever the "next big thing" arrives, like how planking got replaced by countless variants of it.
And this transition of trends might be sooner than you think. Already, most teenagers see these phrases as nothing more than a joke or something to mess around with. Not many take them seriously anymore, let alone "make bad decisions" because of them. Of course you will always find the outlier cases where it did lead to a bad decision, but for the most part they are just a heavily used part of modern slang.
Before going off and blaming any specific group, idea, or concept, be sure to find out if it is truly the culprit, or just what society has decided to label it.
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