Words are abbreviated every year in Japan, girls like to find new ways to express themselves through texting. The Gyaru Buzzword Grand Prix 2016 decides what words were used the most over social media. But there is a different between gyarus and high school girls. Check out the trending words among high school girls in 2016.
Gyaru is a subculture that that started in the 1970s. Its popularity peaked in the 1990s and early 2000s. Gyaru fashion is known for blond hair, long decorated nails, dark skin, and dramatic makeup. A Gyaru Circles is a meet-up of gals and they hang out and dance para para. Within the fashion, there is different genres, the styles can range from cute to edgy.
#1. Waita (沸いた)
In 2016, “waita” was the phrase used when one wanted to say they were happy or something was awesome. Waita loosely translates to boil. For example, one very popular slang word is “yabai”, waita is above yabai. Waita is used when someone is passionate about a situation.
#2. Yoki (よき)
The word “yoki” replaces “nice”, since this word has a nice tone to it, girls often repeat it twice. For example, “Ano hito ha maji de yoki” translates to “That person is really cool yoki” or “maji yoki yoki” translates to “seriously nice nice”.
#3. Raburitsu (らぶりつ)
Raburitsu was used mainly on Twitter. The word is used when someone likes something and re-tweets it on twitter. Before, the popular slang was faboritsu, faboritsu means favorite and re-tweet. If the person liked the tweet they would put a heart, if they favorited the tweet they would put a star.
#4. Riatai (リアタイ)
Raitai usually means “real time”. How is this word used in Gyaru speech? Real time is usually associated with something that happened in the past. Gyarus are using to express something that is going to happen in the future.
#5. Sai & Ko (最＆高)
Saiko usually means something is awesome. But when the “and” symbol comes in the middle, the meaning changes. Putting the and symbol can be a pain, so if someone puts that in, something is a little off.
#6. Solo Ju (ソロ充)
Apparently Solo Ju started as internet slang but somehow made it’s way over to Gyaru slang. This is used when someone is going to spend time by themselves, in a good way.
#7. Yabatanien (やばたにえん)
Yabai can mean various different things in a bad or good way. A deviation of yabai is yabatanien. This new phrase was and is very popular on LINE and other forms of social media. Yabatanien can also be used to express good and bad things. Other words can be changed too, tsurai means difficult. Tsurai can change to tsuratanien,
#8. Ari Yori no Ari (ありかなしか)
Ari ka nashi ka is used when something is hard to decide. Ari yori no ari is when something is more preferred over the other.
#9. Fukkei (フッ軽)
Fukkei means one’s footwork is light. In other words, friends that can meet up even on short notice are great is how the phrase can translate to.
#10. Kibitsui (きびつい)
Kibitsui is a combination of kibishi and kitsui. Kibishi means strict and kitsui means difficult, all other words associated. Kibitsui is a combination of the two.