Yes you might hear what’s coming out of a twentysomething’s mouth, but do you know what they’re really saying? Whether you’re a twentysomething yourself or someone who is trying to decipher twentysomethings on a daily basis, here’s the translation behind some of twentysomethings’ favorite phrases.

With the Internet, we’ve all become obsessive curators of our own lives, which doesn’t seem particularly healthy because, for one thing, it doesn’t help us with the whole “being spontaneous and living in the moment” thing. For another, it’s turned our generation into one big raw nerve.

There you are, suspended in front of a room of people who are mostly gathered to hear what you have to say, and you have to keep them entertained for up to an hour and a half. You’re fighting people who haven’t read and you’re up against Facebook and Instagram and Grindr and Twitter and Pinterest and doodling and daydreaming. What do you do to keep the rhythm going?


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