Do you remember how you felt when your parents, their friends, or older relatives asked you the meaning of certain slang words as a child and/or teenager? Is it me or did they ask like they were mentally challenged – “What. Does. Dope. Mean?” – “damn they’re old” you thought to yourself or joked around with your peers. “That will never be me. I’ll always know what slang is in” – I told myself as a teen. I mean, how hard can it be to keep up with the times, especially in the age of social media – right?
Wrong. I recently had an oh-shit-bitch-you’re-old-moment last month. I noticed an influx of the word “Fleek” on my Instagram timeline; the “fleek” hashtag was running amok and I wanted to know what it meant. First I noticed that everyone’s eyebrows were “on fleek”, then I noticed that other inanimate objects were making the cut as well – Hair was on fleek. Outfits were on fleek. Cars were on fleek. What the FLEEK was going on? I was lost and had absolutely no clue what everyone was talking about.
One evening, while out with my girlfriend and her 12-year old daughter, I seized the perfect opportunity to find out what the word meant. Come to find out the usage of this word started because some little girl (with a filthy mouth) used it in a Vine video and posted it for all to see:
Who would’ve thought that one little girl could change the game in six seconds?
So, what does the word “fleek” mean? According to urbandictionary.com (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=fleek), Fleek means “on point”. Simple enough right? I thought so and inadvertently started using it over the holidays.
Last week I spent a lot of time on my slate gray microfiber living room sofa watching TV while battling a wack ass cold. First it started off with a stuffy nose, then more and more symptoms started showing up to the sick party. “Who the fuq invited chest pains here?!?! Oh heeelllll no, who told you to make a drank phlegm?”, I thought to myself. My congestion (which I thought I could treat with my arsenal of herbal teas, rest, and hot lemonade with honey) wound up morphing into a debilitating cold from the pits of hell. I was out of commission with the aforementioned symptoms and I also battled headache, body ache, and lethargy.
My saving grace turned out to be Tylenol Cold & Flu liquid (shout out to western medication, which I normally despise, but it has its good points I suppose) and Puffs tissues. “These Puffs are on fleek” – did I just say that? I went through two boxes and my nose never turned red or peeled. I literally laughed when I said it because it came out so effortlessly. I liked it – fleek felt good.
“These Puffs are on fleek.” Hmmm…. what else is on fleek around me? “This couch is on fleek” (cause I was hella comfortable posted up on it). “This show is on fleek” (I was watching Grey’s Anatomy at the time). Everything was on fleek. I felt like Oprah up in that bitch – “You get a fleek, you get a fleek, you get a fleek, you ALL get a fleek”.
I started using fleek this week at work (at my corporate job with people that have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about). “Ooh girl, your blazer is on fleek”, I told my colleague this afternoon. She thanked me with a bewildered look on her face (she clearly didn’t know what the hell I was talking about) and that made me like this word even more. I’d discovered a new way to catch people off guard, excellent. Fleek is my new favorite word and I have decided to my everyday vernacular.
Now that I have the meaning of fleek, I have more questions – questions raised by one of my former classmates as we discussed the usage of this word on my Facebook timeline yesterday evening. Is there a past tense for fleek? Can fleek be conjugated? Is there a fleeked, fleeking or fleeks proper? We need answers because fleek is here to stay. Even when it’s phased out by the youngsters and replaced by yet another slang word (not found in the English dictionary) I will still use it.
Stay Fleek y’all!
Until Next Time Friends!
~ Pennie Penz