Durban - Phrases like 'lit', 'extra' and 'bae' have slowly crept into everyday speak for most millennials. And if you've ever heard those words been thrown around in a conversation with your tenant, don't panic. Here is they are actually saying.
Commenting on millennial lingo, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, Adrian Goslett, said taking into consideration that most South Africans can only afford to purchase property in their late 30s, it is highly probable that most tenants belong to the Millennial generation who are currently in their early 20s and 30s.
"This means that most landlords belong to the generations that came before them. This generation gap often leaves landlords perplexed by every conversation they have with their younger tenants. To help, we have compiled a list of some of the key words and phrases - along with their corresponding explanations) that millennial tenants might use in interactions with their landlords," he said.
Adulting (v) - to complete the often undesirable tasks and responsibilities that are expected of a fully grown individual over the age of 21. A tenant might use this term when applying for a rental. For example, “I’ve got this adulting thing down. You’ll never receive a late payment from me.” They might also use it when trying to get out of paying their rent. For example, “I just can’t adult today.” Or “I’ve been adulting so hard all week, can’t you just cut me a break?”
Bae (noun) - a nickname for a significant other; the abbreviation for ‘before anyone else’. A tenant might often refer to their bae while in conversation with their landlord, especially if bae shares the apartment with them.