A lot has been said about the millennial generation -they take selfies! They have no attention spans! They need instant gratification! -but not so much about how we say it. Sure, our emoji use is well documented, including here, but the employment of an entirely new vocabulary? Yep, you heard it here first.
Images from Time and Merriam-Webster
Technically short form for before anyone else, bae serves as a replacement for relationship pet names like babe, baby and wifey. But for those of us for whom a significant other is an elusive concept akin to the tooth fairy, bae is applicable to nearly anything: a perfectly golden Chik-fil-A chicken biscuit, a bottle of Veuve or the new Céline sunglasses.