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What “Bless Up” Actually Means

It’s time to embrace the new phrase “bless up” instead of old-fashioned words like Netflix and chill. The term is everywhere, from social media posts to in person conversations with your peers.

Critics have been quick to condemn this as a poor substitute for an established word that has taken on many different meanings over its lifetime but I think it’s important we consider what makes these phrases so popular before giving them such harsh judgmental feedback.

As DJ Khaled explained, “bless up” has two basic meanings: it is intended to be a greeting that conveys some positive energy, but most people use it as a means to express how grateful they are for their lives, similar to the hashtag #blessed. Take a look ahead to see how other people are using it, and you’ll find yourself saying it more frequently than you ever imagined.