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If you ask about the meaning in such a moment, you can also directly come out as a “boomer”. If you don’t want to lose your status as a cool dad or easygoing aunt, you’ll find a remedy here. We will explain what the word “sus” means and how to pronounce it.

The term “sus” is being used more and more in general parlance by young people and is therefore one of the hot favorites for the youth word of the year 2022. A few weeks ago, Sprachverlag Langenscheidt called for this year’s youth word to be voted on.

According to Langenscheidt, the word “sus” means something like “suspicious” or “suspicious”. The term “sus” is simply a short form of the English words “suspicious” or “suspect”, which can be translated accordingly with “suspicious”, but also with “to doubt something” or “to be suspicious”.

Short for suspicious, the word sus has long been used by English-speaking youth in the US and UK.

According to various media reports, it found its way into German usage primarily through the video game “Among Us”, in which the players are assigned different roles and are supposed to identify the “traitors” during the course of the game. Anyone who knows the German card game “Werwolves” should already be familiar with the gameplay.

In the community of “Among Us” the term “sus” soon prevailed to name the traitors among the players and to continue to communicate with each other. The word soon found its way into other gaming communities and is now used in everyday conversations between teenagers.

The word “sus” can be used whenever something seems suspicious, funny or even strange.

Among teachers, on the other hand, there is another use of the word. The acronym (short form with initials) “SuS” is primarily used to abbreviate the group “pupils”.

As a short form of the English term “suspicious”, the word “sus” is pronounced in the English way – i.e. with a sharp S in front and behind. The u is pronounced like an a.

In the International Phonetic Alphabet (“IPA” for short), “sus” would probably be transliterated and pronounced something like this: [sʌs].