What is cheugy and how do you pronounce the viral word TikTok?
TikTokers are not done with the millennium bashing yet
Not a day goes by on TikTok without Gen Z making fun of millennials and now they have a whole new word for it: cheugy. Side dividers, live laughing love signs, herringbone prints, Minion memes, weird Disney love after age eight, matching her napkins and napkins, yes these things are all basic and millennial , but now they are also considered cheugy.
Cheugy is a bit of an extension of the basic but it’s a very specific aesthetic and you can probably imagine someone you know that you would describe as cheugy. They probably have a wineglass with a police girl boss on it and still think Instagram is the most relevant social media platform.
Oh man, “cheugy” is a wonderful word. Many thanks to Gen Z, once again, for coming up with the perfect word for a sentiment I’ve been trying to pinpoint for 15 years.
– Oweeeeendennis (@OweeeeenDennis) April 30, 2021
The Cheugy hashtag on TikTok has over 1.3 million views, but has been around much longer than TikTok. Here’s everything you need to know to be cheugy:
What does it mean to be cheugy?
Ok so to be technical on this subject, according to Urban Dictionary “cheugy” means the opposite of trendy (ngl I have the impression that the word trendy is quite cheugy).
They say, “The opposite of fashion. Stylish in middle school and high school but more fashionable. Used when someone is still following these outdated trends. This can include, but is not limited to, fashion, social media habits, use of slang, etc. “
It’s basically the perfect word to sum up this kind of millennial young married couple. Their personalities, hobbies and interests were firmly entrenched in the early 2010s, when slogan t-shirts, wooden signs, Ugg boots, caption an Insta message “views” and call a dog a “Doggo” was the height of freshness.
But it’s also more than that, it can encompass a whole variety of things that are not fashionable. From simple TikTok to Greek life on the American college campus. Cheugy is that grumpy behavior or look that we’ve all adopted before and no one is above being cheugy. Even the coolest Gen-Z.
Where does cheugy come from?
The term cheugy was actually coined in 2013, at the height of the Millennial Girls’ season. It was created by software developer Gaby Rasson while she was attending Beverly Hills High School.
Rasson told the New York Times that she wanted to create a word that sums up people slightly off trend.
She said, “It was a category that didn’t exist. There was a missing word that was on the edge of my tongue and nothing to describe it and “cheugy” came to me. The way it sounded matched the meaning. “
The word then became popular among Rasson’s friends and was eventually added to Urban Dictionary in 2018. However, it wasn’t until the end of March of this year that a TikToker started using it. and that it went viral.
@ webkinzwhore143 Expand 👏 your 👏 vocabulary 👏 to 👏 include 👏 invented 👏 words 👏 ## greenscreen ## cheugy ## cheug ♬ original sound – Hal
Hallie Cain aka @ webkinzwhore143 on TikTok then went viral for explaining the word and giving examples of cheugy things like using Herbal Essences shampoo and posting a new haircut on Instagram with the caption ‘J’ did one thing ”.
How do you pronounce cheugy?
Ok I love a word that angers millennials, but couldn’t we have found one that’s easier to pronounce?
Apparently, you pronounce “cheugy” like “chew-ghee”. So that solves this problem.
Are there any issues with the cheugy trend?
This trend is harmless enough, but some people have suggested that, like most millennial bashing, the trend is misogynist.
Cheugy is part of a long tradition of mocking white women for their squeaky interests. It was Pumpkin Spice Basic Bitch first, then Christian Girl Autumn and more recently Generation Y in general.
However, EJ Dickson for Rolling Stone said there was a big difference between bullying someone using “someone’s identity markers against them” and playing a joke about posting Minion memes.
She said: “This is wrong: bullying is what happens when you arm someone’s identity markers against them, and if you plan to wear Tory Burch sandals as an integral aspect of your business. identity, then you probably have to take a long look at yours. privilege.”
And New York Times reporter Taylor Lorenz pointed out that cheugy could be applied to anyone, because at the end of the day the word just means “cheesy, like trying too hard with trends.”
Great, does that mean I’m cheugy?
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