If you’ve been following PEDESTRIAN.TV for… well, any longer than a day, you may have noticed we’re fans of youth vernacular. Like, big fans. There is nothing so satisfying as a well-placed “yaaas”, nor are there many words as rich in utility as “munt.” 

That being said, there is a time and a place. Describing Leonardo DiCaprio’s inebriation post-Oscars success? Chill. Enticing interns to join the legions of coders at Microsoft? Well, “lit” isn’t exactly the first word that comes to mind. 

Still, an email from the megacorp has emerged, showing an incredibly earnest attempt at reaching the younglings. Posted online by a bloke whose mate was heading to San Francisco’s annual Internapalooza, the email basically rattles off a checklist of millennial buzzwords:

Microsoft Entice “Bae Interns” With “Getting Lit” In A Bung Official Email

The aftermath has been understandably brutal, not only due to the fact an established industry behemoth has been spitting off the internet’s own vocabulary in a particularly transparent and cynical manner, but because they’ve doubled-down on that fratty, Bay Area start-up stereotype with the promise of beer pong. 

Oh, ICYMI, they also appeared to offer attendees “drank”, because nobody compiles bulletproof code better than a bunch o’ 20-somethings getting slizzered on cough syrup. While the precise meaning has been blurred of late (so say us, your meme-speak arbiters), it is a lil’ awk. 

In response, Microsoft have stated “the email was poorly worded and not in keeping with our values as a company. We are looking into how this occurred and will take appropriate steps to address it.”

Translation, for everyone too young to understand: ayyy lmao, they cooked it, fam. 

Source: Sydney Morning Herald.
Photo: Patrick Burtchaell / Twitter.