‘Yeet’ is one of the internet’s newest and probably least understood words, and yet it’s used everywhere, seemingly without any form of context. But, the true beauty of a word is that whatever it is, it has to mean something—that’s a fact. So what does yeet mean?
It’s hard to exactly pinpoint when yeet became a word, but it seems to stem from 2000’s Hip Hop culture. Yeet was a straightforward Hip Hop dance move, one that was choreographed in a way that the dancer would dip one’s shoulder in rhythmic steps with both hands out and knees bent. Imagine riding a bike over bumps and tossing something to the side, alongside the yeet song, and you probably won’t be too far off from the original dance. According to Know Your Meme, this is the first video ever of someone performing the yeet dance, which was uploaded on YouTube back in 2014.
Do you remember the video-sharing app Vine? Well, a video was once uploaded onto TikTok’s predecessor by Jasmine Nicole, which starred a young boy nicknamed “Lil Meatball” performing the dance. Shortly after, the video went viral, and so the yeet dance was solidified.
Now, yeet has two scenarios of context; one is used in a (almost) nonsensical and humorous way, although meaning something still. First and foremost, the word yeet is an expressive sounding word, an exclamation of such. It’s used in this context the same way that someone would shout ‘boo-ya’ with excitement and approval when acing their examination results or winning a prize. It’s said smugly, but also with a lightheartedness that cancels out the smug. You’re technically shouting out a meme.
Yeet also has a more concrete definition though, it can also mean to throw or toss an object with confidence and authority into something or away from the person throwing it in the first place. For example, if someone aims their empty soda can into a rubbish bin, they are ‘yeeting’ their empty soda can into the bin. Someone who uses the term yeet will probably shout yeet as they chuck the can into the bin. You could essentially yeet yourself too—let’s say you’ve gone way past hungry and find a McDonald’s and practically hurl yourself into it. You’re actually yeeting into McDonald’s. The effectiveness of the word rests on self confidence.
As an exclamatory word, it can basically be used to describe anything done with vigour and assertiveness. As New Year approaches, you could say “I’m going to yeet 2021,” which translates to something along the lines of “I’m going to smash 2021 with everything I’ve got,” in a positive sense obviously (smash as defined as to execute a task exceptionally well). Or, it could be an excited ‘eeeeek’ as in “yeet! It’s 2021!” You get the gist. Let’s all go yeet 2021 though shall we, and yeet 2020 into the bin while we’re at it.
Dear future selves, past selves and now selves, this is a gentle reminder that, well, fuckboys really are out there, and they’re sneaking around your peripherals waiting to pounce on your vulnerable side. They’re legit, even spell check’s red squiggly line doesn’t deny a fuckboy’s existence. A myth no more, unpack your torches and get ready to shine a light on every damn fuckboy (or fuckboi) you have or will inevitably fall for. So, what exactly is a fuckboy, and how did they get such a bad rep?
Typically, a fuckboy is a straight man who generally pisses our seemingly unaware emotional spheres off, but it is important to note that it doesn’t have to be a straight man—anyone can act in the same way too. There is no anecdote to falling victim to one of these trappers, but a word of wisdom to start off with; a sense of humour goes a long way. A fuckboy can’t just be a name we call someone who hurts us by simply not falling back for us. That being said, the term fuckboy didn’t come into the world without reason.
By definition, a fuckboy is someone who doesn’t respect women but simultaneously relies on them heavily. In other words, a codependent narcissist. They reek of entitlement. They’re distant, which at the start might seem alluring and mysterious, but over time you’ll quickly realise that they aren’t trying to be, they literally don’t care about other people’s time, and won’t commit to anything but their own watch. They’re self-absorbed, and do a lot of stupid things. Emotions? What emotions? Up until they get lonely… then they’ll have just the right bit of self-conscious nonsense to get you out of yours and into their bed. Don’t expect a chat in the morning, they’ll become unusually busy and frantic about their to-do plans the next day.
There are actually multiple evolutionary histories leading back to where the term came from, and a fuckboy also seems to play different roles in various communities, which ironically makes it difficult to find a consistent and stable source. However, the term fuckboy came into popular use through hip-hop, which overlaps heavily with black culture. The term stemmed from there until very recently.
Fuckboys only really became internationally labelled around 2016 when the term peaked in Google Trends. Earlier than that though, Cam’ron used it in the chorus of his 2002 song ‘Boy, Boy’, referring to a man that was a faker.
Fuckboys are also mentioned in the 2014 Run the Jewels song ‘Oh My Darling Don’t Cry’. In an interview with Under the Radar, Killer Mike was asked about the meaning of the word in that song. He said “Fuckboys just do all the shit you can’t believe at the time. You know, the cops pull you over and ask if anyone has marijuana in the car. That one friend who says, ‘Yes officer I do’, he’s the fuckboy in that situation.” But if you’re reading this and think ‘phew, I’d have said no’ hold up, you can still be a fuckboy if you lie to a cop.
To be called a fuckboy is obviously an insult, and insults don’t necessarily have some deeper meaning, they’re just there to shut someone up, real quick.
The funny guys who kindly offer to pay for half your Uber home. When you ask to see him again, their response is: ‘let’s stay in touch’. Also, a puddle of fuckboys often mingle with the writers, the musicians, the artists—the silent, broody, 100 per cent going to fuck up your life stereotypes. Fuckboys are also incapable of accepting any responsibility for their actions, so expect to be ghosted if you call them out on it.
Fuckboys like having options, and I’m really not saying this is an all round bad thing, but, sometimes it’s a power thing, they don’t want to choose one because that deletes the option of having options. Now, to round off, if your philosophical heart has been broken by one of these so-called fuckboys, I’ll ask you one more thing: did you really have to reply to that third flake apology text? Your life is already waiting for you babe, don’t make it wait too long—but also, steer clear of simps.