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Breaking Down the TikTok Vernacular

The elder millennial’s guide to TikTok trends that have made it into the zeitgeist.

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Are you in your villain era? What’s your current hyper-fixation meal? Does your partner have a beige flag? If this all sounds like gibberish to you—and makes you feel exactly 100 years old—read on to make sense of the phrases that went viral on TikTok before making their way into IRL conversations.

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Brb, Entering My Villain Era

Pema Bakshi

Along with dinner ideas and beauty hacks, TikTok is also home to a wealth of mental health advice. And while some of it needs to be taken with a grain of salt, as chronic people-pleasers, we're intrigued by the trending concept of a villain era.