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Slang Words 2014: 22 Words And Phrases You Should Know This Year

12/15/2014 02:27 EST | Updated 12/17/2014 12:59 EST
The Huffington Post Canada

It's been a year a year of countless hashtags, acronyms and phrases that would make many people scratch their heads, but we've finally come up with our annual slang words list of 2014.

These are the words and phrases that teens loved and used throughout the year, both in everyday conversation and over social media sites like Facebook and Instagram. And as we head into a busy holiday season, brushing up on some of this lingo may help you appear (or feel, at least) cooler during those awkward family dinners.

On Monday, U.S. dictionary Merriam-Webster's revealed "culture" was their word of the year, after narrowing down a list of 10 frequently used words like "nostalgia" and "vape." And earlier this month, Oxford Dictionaries' new words of the year included "lolcat," "hawt" and even "Canadian tuxedo."

Our friends over at Huffpost Teens also came out with their annual list of words to ban and keep in 2015. Some of this year's worst offenders include dope, LMK (let me know) and winning... because that last one was so 2011.

In our list below, not all of these words are necessarily new or part of any dictionary — and yes, some of them may have been around when you were a teen. These are words that were simply popular this year or seen in popular reality television shows like "Keeping Up With The Kardashians." From party lingo to Instagram jargon to words that describe a variety of emotions, we challenge everyone to use at least one of these words this week.

We asked Canadian high school students to share their favourite words and phrases of the year — along with the Urban Dictionary-approved definition, of course. Let us know which words we missed.

Slang Words 2014