'Basic' Is Just Another Word For Class Anxiety

“My grandma’s so basic she buys multivitamins at Costco,” a friend joked with me the other day.

“My grandma’s so basic she reads the Parade inserts in the Sunday paper,” he continued. “She’s so basic she owns Harry Connick Jr.’s entire discography. She’s so basic she calls Folgers Coffee ‘the good stuff.’” He was joking, but in so doing, he touched on the crux of the rise of the 2014 version of the basic: She’s laughable because she consumes boringly.

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