What do you do when you are too cool and hip to say “alright”? You say aight.
You don’t have time to always pronounce or spell out whole words, especially not when leaving out a letter here and there makes no difference whatsoever in the understandability of what you are trying to say.
“Aight” is the swell, laid-back way of saying “alright”. It can be used in any situation you would use “alright” normally.
Origin of the term
The contraction of “all right” is an African American Vernacular slang that developed in the US in the early 21st century.
It is still mainly used by the black population, but has been adopted by white people who are trying to look cool.
Spread of the term
“Aight” is mainly used as an urban, colloquial slang used in English speaking countries.
However, once you add another word here and there, it can easily become an internet meme.
“Aight + bet” is a response to someone who doesn’t believe you when you say you are gonna do something.
“Aight + imma head out” is a popular internet meme involving an image macro of spongebob, used in situations when something is too much to handle so you just get up and leave instead.
“Iss + aight”, sounds like “it’s alright”, and is also often used.
- Urban Dictionary – Aight