1. Becky with the good hairPhoto: Emojipedia
"He better call Becky with the good hair"
Use when: You think you’ve identified her. Be discerning. Arm yourself with the knowledge that “Becky” suggests white, but “good hair” does not*.
2. Hot SaucePhoto: Emojipedia
"Tonight I’m f*cking up all your sh*t boy…
…I got a hot sauce in my bag, swag"
Use when: A Bey sting just isn’t enough. Sometimes, you have to destroy someone’s entire existence.
3. ListeningPhoto: Emojipedia
"What are you doing, my love?"
Use when: Someone makes a questionable remark about Beyoncé and you’re generously awaiting clarification before you attack.
4. Bow DownPhoto: Emojipedia
"If you try this sh*t again
You gon' lose your wife"
Use when: You’re leaving Jay Z his daily reminder to treat his wife right. Beysus might forgive, but the hive does not.
5. Boy ByePhoto: Emojipedia
"Wave it in his face, tell him, boy, bye
Tell him, boy, bye, boy, bye"
Use when: He tries that sh*t again.
6. Daddy Said…Photo: Emojipedia
"When trouble comes to town
And men like me come around
Oh, my daddy said shoot"
Use when: You’re obligated to dole out an ass whuppin’ on general principle. Some lessons have to be learned the hard way. It's soon to be replaced by the water gun, which is less threatening but almost equally effective.
7. Blue IvyPhoto: Emojipedia
"I like my baby heir with baby hair and afros"
Use when: You’re standing against the continued debasement of black women and girls. See Lemonade co-stars: Blue Ivy Carter, Quvenzhané Wallis,Amandla Stenberg, Zendaya Coleman, and Serena Williams. Not to mention Gabby Douglas, Michelle Obama, and Black Girls Rock (every year).
8. Six Inch HeelsPhoto: Emojipedia
"She worth every dollar, she worth every dollar. And she worth every minute."
Use when: Someone questions Beyonce’s popularity or why you spent your savings on concert tickets/Ivy Park/gifting her albums to everyone you know.
9. Love DraughtPhoto: Emojipedia
"You, you, you, you and me would stop this love drought"
Use when: Someone who should be cool with Beyonce steps out of line and you really, really don’t want to sting them, so you’re searching for a peaceful resolution.
10. FreedomPhoto: Emojipedia
"Tryna rain, tryna rain on the thunder
Tell the storm I’m new"
Use when: THE PATRIARCHY GOT YOU/BEY F*CKED UP
11. FormationPhoto: Emojipedia
"Okay, ladies, now let’s get in formation"
Use when: It’s time to gather the girls and roll out. To the concert, dinner, the next skirmish, wherever, JUST GET IT TOGETHER.
12. Kiss UpPhoto: Emojipedia
"I’m gonna kiss up and rub up and feel up
Kiss up and rub up and feel up on you"
Use when: The hive is at peace. Battle’s been won, conflict’s resolved, new album’s out, concert tickets in hand, life’s beautiful and you just want to love on each other.
13. Run the World (coming soon!)Photo: apple.com
"Who run the world? Who run this mother?"
Use when: Beyoncé has effortlessly defeated a lesser and needs no assistance, but you still feel the need to be petty.
14. Surfbort (coming soon!)Photo: apple.com
Graining on that wood, graining, graining on that wood"
Use when: He hits you with the triple eggplant and you gotta let him know IT’S ON.
15. Hold UpPhoto: Emojipedia/CTAM
"I hop up out the bed and get my swa(n)g on"
Use when: They make it. Can someone get this process started? I’m bad with forms.