7 Gen Z Slang In Tagalog: An Easy Guide


Estetik, dogshow, and boogsh! Wanna express your feelings like a Filipino Gen Z? Here are some Gen Z slang in Tagalog that you might wanna learn today.

Have you ever heard a conversation between Filipino Gen Zs nowadays? Well, there might be a chance that you can’t understand a thing of what they were saying. This is because they usually now use unique words that have been born from the internet or social media. With the wide use of social media, there are lots of Tagalog internet slang words that gained popularity throughout the years. Today, we will learn different Gen Z slang words and their meaning!

What Are The Most Common Filipino Slang Words Used By Gen Z?

When we talk about slang words, the keywords are trendy, code-switching, and witty. In learning about Gen Z slang words in Tagalog, you will notice that they are mostly derived from the English language. Most of these words do not have a direct translation in the Filipino language. They just usually change the spelling to make it sound more Filipino or Tagalog.

There are lots of Tagalog slang words discussed in other blog posts, like marites, cha-rot, naol, forda ferson, for today’s videow, and more. But in this article, we’ll focus on the newest ones that you may add to your vocabulary. If you really want to learn Tagalog, do it with the Ling app! It’s an effective and fun language-learning app available for free on Google Play and the App Store.

1. Estetik

Example Sentence: Ang estetik naman ng bahay mo. (Your house is so aesthetically pleasing.)

Saw something beautiful? Estetik is the Gen Z term for that. It is a Tagalog slang word derived from the English word aesthetic. The word estetik means exactly what it says: that something or someone is attractive. Nowadays, Filipinos are fond of things that are aesthetically pleasing, be it fashion, home materials and appliances, and even personal belongings like accessories.

2. Dogshow / Dog Show

Example Sentence: Dinog-show ako ng mga kaibigan ko sa comments section. (May friends played a fool out on me in the comment section.)

Have you experienced being teased by your friends online by turning you into memes? Dogshow is the Tagalog Gen Z term for that. Filipinos are really good at turning everything into a meme. Dogshow is the practice of making jokes about or memes about a famous person in order to make fun of them satirically.

Aside from being a play on words, dog show is also a much cooler way to make someone look like a fool. Sassa Gurl, a famous content creator, popularized the word dog show in the year 2021.

Gen Z Slang In Tagalog - Boogsh

3. Boogsh

Example Sentence: Boogsh! Ganda ng OOTD mo girl! (Boogsh! Girl, you’re OOTD is really good!)

Boogsh is a Filipino slang word that is used as an expression when something is extravagant. It’s easy to get. Think of it as another word for bongga (extravagant). You can use it when you have seen someone with a beautiful OOTD (Outfit Of The Day).

4. Shot Puno

Example Sentence: Iniwan ka niya? Tara, shot puno na yan! (Did she leave you? Let’s go, bottoms-up!)

Broken-hearted? Sad? Friendzoned? Tara, shot puno! (Let’s go and take a shot!) This Gen Z Filipino slang word is made of two words. The word shot means the same in English, which is to take a drinking shot. On the other hand, the Tagalog word puno means “full.” So, it basically means “bottoms-up.”

But how do Gen Zs use this? Think of a situation when you usually go for a drink. This slang expression is usually used when you’re brokenhearted, sad, or stressed. But, this is not always used during sad times. You can also use this Gen Z slang in Tagalog during happy situations and celebrations.

Gen Z Slang In Tagalog - Titikman

5. Titikman

Example Sentence: Chris Evans, titkman o tatakpan? (Chis Evans, to taste or to cover?)

When your favorite celebrities spill the beans, would you try them or keep your mouth shut? This Tagalog slang word is pretty playful and naughty. This Gen Z slang word was popularized when two kids played Titikman o Tatakpan (to taste or to cover).

So, how does the game go? There are names or pictures of well-known people. The people playing will then say titikman or tatakpan, “to taste” or “to cover”—you know what we mean. When Benjamin Alves’ name was said, the kid said titikman in a fun way, then squealed and broke into kilig (feeling elated). Yes, we can say titikman when we’re excited.

Titikman is a Filipino word that means “to taste.” But, nowadays, titikman is not only used in the context of tasting food. It’s taken in a different context which we surely don’t have to talk about here.

Tagalog Gen Z Slang TitaTito - A photo of a beautiful woman

6. Tita / Tito

Example Sentence: Hala! Tita/Tito na ako. Ayoko na ng masyadong maingay. (Oh my! I’m a certified aunt/uncle already. I don’t like loud sounds anymore.)

Loving the scent of Katinko and other mint-scented oils? Then you’re a certified Tito or Tita. Tito and Tita are legit Tagalog words that mean Uncle and Aunt. But, in today’s generation, it has a different meaning. Filipino millennials use this to refer to a young adult woman or man who has the traditional traits of an aunt or uncle from the Philippines.

What are the signs that you’re a certified Tito or Tita? Here are some:

  • When you go out at night, you’re very tired by 10 p.m.

  • You steal toilet paper from places without any shame.

  • You have a bunch of paper bags and shoeboxes sitting around your house gathering dust.

  • Your collection of paper bags and shoeboxes is dusting in your house.

  • You like Tito/Tita jokes.

  • Your favorite place is the hardware/appliances store.

  • Noise from teenagers talking annoys you.
Amaccana Accla meme - Gen Z Tagalog Slang Words

7. Amaccana Accla

Example Sentence: Amaccana Accla, 2023 na! (Stop it. It’s already 2023.)

The current Filipino slang phrase amaccana accla is used to denote problematic or inappropriate conduct. Amaccana is from Tama ka na, which means “You stop it,” and accla is derived from bakla which literally translates to “gay” in English. But in the Philippines, accla is a general term used to refer to people nowadays.

Are You G In Learning More Than Just Tagalog Gen Z Slang?

There’s no denying that slang words are now part of the Filipino culture. Many Filipinos nowadays, even those who don’t belong to Gen Z, also use Gen Z slang in Tagalog. While this article is a nice introduction to kick-starting your language journey, you still have a long way to go to achieve fluency.

To do this, we highly recommend learning through the Ling app! The Ling app comes packed with fun activities, quizzes, and more advanced features that will help you develop language skills. Learn more with Ling!

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