'SKL': A Tito and Tita's guide to millennials’ online slang

Anne Marielle Eugenio
PUBLISHED September 14, 2018 11:34 am
Art by Dani Elevazo

Along with the innovation of technology, every generation also gets creative when it comes to their conversations. So creative, in fact, that their parents, titos and titas have no idea on what they are talking about.

We gotchu (got you), Titos and Titas! We listed down common modern slang so you can understand your children and pamangkins more. You might even want them to use them on your Facebook statuses.


"Anda" is the slang for money. So if your children say, "Wala na akong anda," pretend you didn't hear them.


This is “Ano nangyari?” minus two syllables. It can be used like, “Late ka na naman daw sa work. Anyare sa ‘yo?”


This particular slang is “tara” spelled in reverse. As in, “Ang tagal mo naman, friend. Ano? Arat na!

Auq na

Yes, this might be little confusing for others but “Auq na” just actually means "Ayoko na" or “I give up.”


“Cancelldt” is cancelled with two last letter replaced. It can literally mean over and done, but it can also be used to express dislike towards a particular person or thing. For example: “Girl, sobrang cancelldt ng suot mo.”


Legit is simply short for legitimate. Millennials use "legit" to emphasize that what they are saying or feeling is really REALLY true. As in, “The hot choco and ensaymada pairing from Mary Grace is legit the best.”


This can be read as "kikil" but it actually means "gigil". Yes, the very same "gigil" that means you have an uncontrollable desire to squeeze something whenever you're angry or happy.


Shookt is an expression used whenever millennials are surprised, shocked or shaken up. For instance, Shookt ako, mare. Na max-out na pala yung credit card  ko.”

SKL (Share Ko Lang)

This is usually used after you shared a random statement. For example, "Uy, gumala kami ni mumsh, SKL."

SML (Share Mo Lang)

SML is used when your friend said something random. For example:

Friend 1: Ang ganda ko ngayon.
Friend 2: SML?

Note: Don't use this when you're in deep conversation with someone, though. It might get offensive.


"Trot" is just "truth" spelled in the kung-anong-bigkas-siyang-baybay way. It can be used as a substitute for "totoo". For example: "Ang hirap awatin ng anak ko sa pagko-computer. Sa trot lang."

There you have it. We hope you find this basic guide helpful. We look forward for you, especially the Titos and Titas, to use the slang into wordplay! (Just don't overdo it, please.)

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