I’m wandering through my 30s, listening to my educational podcasts, when I am suddenly confronted with my own mortality. Or at least confronted with the fact that the podcast Grammar Girl is explaining some new slang term. Not only do I not know what it means, I’ve never actually heard of it.

The hashtag SquadGoals is apparently what all the cool kids on Instagram are saying these days. And it basically refers to the ambition that you, as a viewer of a photograph, should have to be as cool as the group of people in the photograph.


Boy golly gee, am I glad that I’ve got a podcast on language usage to tell me what the kids are up to these days.

I’m pretty active on both Instagram and Twitter so I’m surprised that I haven’t come across the usage before. But, also, I’m rapidly moving out of that 18-35 demographic where the cool kids are.

On the other hand, a Facebook group (you kids heard of the Facebooks?) I post in had a thread a few weeks ago about guilty pleasure TV and at least 80% of the shows were reality TV shows that I’d never heard of.

So perhaps it’s not age but just that I am a culturally-oblivious, generally uncool person?

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