Word History: On Fleek

by JESSIE KARANGU 

It’s a saying that has captivated the hearts and minds of millions on social media, but what does it mean to be “on fleek”? Well, believe it or not, if you ever hear someone using these words to you it is most likely with a positive connotation.

Pronunciationawn-fleek

Definition (adjective) – the act of being perfect.

Used in a sentence – Girl, those eyebrows are on fleek.

Synonyms – On fleekity fleek, on point, perfect, awesome, flawless

Antonyms –  flawed, bad, ugly

Origin – A definition of the word was first inputed into Urban Dictionary back in 2003. The most recent usage of the word dates back to the summer of 2014 when a six-second clip on Vine from user “Peaches Monroe” went viral. In the clip, Monroe is seen showing off her eyebrows while telling viewers they are “on fleek.” The vine has been shared on Twitter over 100,000 times, on Facebook over 3,000 times and liked on Vine over 640,000 times. It has also been looped over 31 million times.

Peaches Monroe, whose real name is Kayla Newman, spoke with Newsweek about the trend she started and said, “I never heard of the word, and nobody else had heard of the word. I just said it, and I guess that’s what came out. That’s about it.” In the interview, Monroe says that she created other various vines but hadn’t looked into the camera much until the one which became her biggest hit of all time.

The phrase has since been used by various brands on Twitter and has also entered normal lexicon among the millenial generation. Even though the trend started one year ago, the phrase doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.

Courtesy: Know Your Meme
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