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42 Oddly Specific Things That I, Personally, Believe To Be Cheugy

These all have the same energy and you cannot tell me otherwise.

So the word "cheugy" (pronounced like "chew-gee") — a term used to describe something that's "out of date" or "clearly trying too hard" — has been popping up EVERYWHERE.


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(It's mainly used by Gen Z'ers to chirp at millennials.)

Being an opinionated "zillennial," I obviously felt the need to write up a ✨comprehensive list✨ of all things I consider cheugy.

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And I'm not talking about the blatantly obvious cheugy things like making pizza your whole personality, watching Friends, or sporting a side part. No, for this list, I've decided to get a little more specific.

With that being said, here is a list of oddly specific things that radiate Cheug™ to me. Enjoy!!!!!!!

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And for legal reasons, this is all a joke. Don't come for me!!!!!!!!!!!!

1. Golden Retrievers

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Blonde and full of cuddles and hot air. The unofficial mascots of middle-class suburban America. Definitely Republicans. CHEUGY.

2. Lean Cuisines

But ESPECIALLY this one.

3. Elementary school teachers

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Or maybe not elementary school teachers PER SE, but like, their whole culture and aesthetic. The crafty jewelry, the cardigans, the binders with the calligraphy, and the Rae Dunn products... Their basic identity is rooted in Cheug™.

4. Having IBS

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Like, we GET IT! You shit every 10 minutes and probably shouldn't eat cheese, but still do anyway. Stop talking about it!!! (I can say this. I have IBS.)

5. Flirting using GIFs


This is always cringe. What on EARTH am I supposed to say back to this clip of Kate McKinnon? Like, honestly?

6. Rooster-themed kitchens

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7. Valentine's Day

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I'm sorry, but Valentine's Day is kinda...embarrassing?! IDK.........

8. Naming your pet "Luna" or "Nova"

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And 9 out of 10 times, it's one of these dogs.

9. The musical Wicked

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Kristen Chenoweth singing "Popular"? Absolutely not.

10. Harry Potter tattoos

You are not a wizard, Becca. You are a 31-year-old woman.

11. Being conventionally hot

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If you look like a Madame Tussauds–wax-figure-dollar-store Henry Cavill who thrives on societal norms, your time is UP!

12. Dog toys that look like alcoholic beverages

Other similar products include Pawsecco, Toto's Pawdka, etc.

13. Jade rollers

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The fact that one of these bad boys costs roughly $30 is, above all else, cheugy.

14. Santacon

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This is essentially just a White Claw–infused costume party for ex-Greek lifers who now work in finance and PR, respectfully. 😌

15. Cronuts (and any other sort of hybrid food)

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Still delicious though!!!!!!!!

16. Pop Sockets

If you still use one of these, EXPLAIN??????

17. The state of Virginia

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It just IS!

18. The Office merch

Please, no more. She's tired.

19. Crusty white dogs

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No comment!

20. Graduating college in 2015

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If you had some sort of "Hotline Bling" pun on your grad cap, I'm talking to you.

21. Camila Cabello

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22. Herbal Essences products

If Camila Cabello was a hair product, she would be this!!!

23. Gender reveal parties

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Sonograms and monograms? CHEUGY!!!!!!!!!

24. Crockpots

Even cheugier if you're making a harvest chili in it.

25. Saying "smol bean"

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As someone who up until embarrassingly recently was a frequent "smol bean" sayer, it NEEDS to end. There is just no longer an excuse.

26. The city of Nashville

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Maybe it's the sheer abundance of bachelorette parties, but I just feel like Nashville is the Cheug capitol.

27. Naming your dildo

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If you name yours something like "Mr. Big," I truly have no words for you.

28. Rainforest Cafes

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Anything you can find in a mall is basically cheugy, but extra points for animatronic animals that watch you eat.

29. Pentatonix

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I secretly used to work out to collegiate a cappella so there is love in my heart with this one. But like, there's no denying that it is very cheugy!

30. The color heather gray

Every weird custom T-shirt comes in this color. And it makes me think of armpit stains?!

31. Chris Pratt

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Extra cheug points for Mr. Pratt for wearing a heather gray V-neck here.

32. Improv troupes

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"Can I get a word from the audience?" "CHEUGY!"

33. The month of October

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October is singlehandedly responsible for all "Oh my gourd" puns and for that, it is most cheugé.

34. Guys named Matt

my friend: so the new person you’re dating is another white guy named matt whose parents pay his rent? me: yeah, but like, there’s something different about this one. narrator: there was in fact not anything different about this one.

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Sorry not sorry, Matts!

35. Acai bowls

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The concept of a deconstructed smoothie is most unsettling to me........

36. Any heavily filtered art print of the Eiffel Tower

Bonus points if it's next to a black-and-white print of Audrey Hepburn.

37. "Men's" hygiene products

i need a tactical grip on my man soap so i won't drop and shatter my fragile masculinity

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All gendered products, really, but especially this bar of Dial soap for MEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *twitch twitch*

38. The Fourth of July

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39. Listening to NPR podcasts


Just say you're better than everyone else!!!

40. Pictures of roads in the fall

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Major screensaver vibes........

41. Adding people on Facebook


If you've added any "friends" on Facebook within the last five years, I'm morally obligated to report you to the authorities.

42. And lastly, dolphins

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Like, shut up??????

What do ✨YOU✨ personally find cheugy? Tell me in the comments below!!!!!!!!!!

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