From 'Pulling a Beyonce' to 'On Fleek,' Slang Terms That Invaded 2014

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Beyonce attends the DirecTV Super Saturday Night at Pier 40 on February 1, 2014 in New York City.  

ON FLEEK
Meaning amazing, impeccable; originated by Vine user Peaches Monroe (to praise her eyebrows) and popularized by Ariana Grande, who sang it on MTV in August.

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THOT
An acronym for "that ho over there"; R&B singer Wash titled his recent French Montana-assisted single “Can’t Trust Thots.”

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NORMCORE
A style in which one purposely wears dull, average clothing, often in 1990s silhouettes (think Seinfeld); artists labeled as "normcore" include Calvin Harris and Dev Hynes.

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BAE
An affectionate term to describe a significant other; Pharrell Williams first adopted the word for "Come Get It Bae" (featuring Miley Cyrus), which hit No. 23 on the Hot 100.

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OR NAH
A term added to the end of a sentence to say "or not" -- but in a cooler way; mainstreamed by Ty Dolla $ign, whose hit "Or Nah" reached No. 12 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

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PULLING A BEYONCE
To release something without providing any warning, as Beyoncé did with her self-titled album in December 2013; Azealia Banks, Kid Cudi, Jaden Smith and Skrillex followed her lead with their own surprise LPs this year.

This article first appeared in the Dec. 20 issue of Billboard.


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