It can be easy to feel left behind and over the hill as Gen Z start using new words and phrases - and you have no clue what they mean.
So if you’ve been left wondering ‘am I cheugy?’ worry no more - this is your complete guide to the vocabulary of TikTok
On TikTok, Heather is used to describe someone as good looking/desirable - someone that other people wish they were. Originally, the name refers to the 80s film Heathers, wherein the Heathers were a group of wealthy and popular students. Recently, the term took on its new meaning thanks to a song by Conan Gray. For example: “I wish I were Heather.”
Simp was a term that was exclusively used to describe men who would do anything for a woman in hopes that she might have sex with him. Now people, regardless of gender, will refer to themselves as simps for celebrities, or other people they have crushes on. For example: “I’m such a simp for Lizzo.”
Himbo is a mashup of the words “him” and “bimbo” and is slang for a male bimbo, essentially. On TikTok, the word became popular after a parody song of I Need a Hero by Bonnie Tyler called ‘I Need a Himbo’ went viral on the app. A himbo is described as a good looking, muscular guy who is “dumb and polite”. For example: “I love Jason from The Good Place, he’s such a himbo.”
If you’ve spent any time on TikTok, you’ve probably heard the “I’m an accountant” song. It was originally created by Rocky Paterra, who said he’d tell people he works as an accountant instead of getting into the details of being a struggling actor, because “nobody asks you questions when you say you’re an accountant”. The song and the answer of “accountant” has been adopted by sex workers, primarily those with OnlyFans accounts. For example: “I’m an accountant… link in bio.”