Lately I’ve noticed some disturbing changes to my vocabulary. At times, if you heard me speak, you might think I was a 14-year-old boy. For example, “No freakin’ way” was my response when my insurance agent told me what the deductible is on our home policy. And the other day while shopping, I almost told an older gentleman to chillax when he pushed his cart a little too close to mine in the check out line. WTF! almost always springs to my mind when people drive stupidly. And the word dude flows from my lips like drool from a bulldog’s. All of this got me thinking back to my own parents, did they adopt my teenage lingo? Which led me to trying to remember which words or phrases were popular when I was a growing up. On my own, I could only come up with “for sure,” so I Googled.
Flashback~Forget About it– 1980’s teen speak.
(1)Noun A stupid or unaware person; moron, dim-wit.
Definitely remember using the word airhead to describe people–behind their backs of course.
Totally pumped or psyched about something.
Never in my life have I said I was amped to do anything, psyched yes, amped, no.
(1)Noun Kids who wore all black.
WTF? Never even heard of this term before.
‘Bag Your Face!’
Whatever! Shut up!
No recollection of ever telling someone to bag their face, or having it suggested to me that I bag mine.
As in “Did you get that raise you were looking for at work, Dude?” Oh yeah. Big Time!
This one I used. A lot.
(1)Excl. Kiss my butt.
An oldie but a goodie. Pretty sure the younger generation has embraced it as well.
Don’t be a bogart dude, as in don’t hog it up. opposite of sharing.
Think the term bogart was mainly used by males against other males. But almost always said in front of females.
“Burn” is synonymous with “face”. “Burn” was used to apply dramatic emphasis to the fact someone was proven wrong on an issue that had been hotly debated and contested.
Who did not love to scream, “burn!” after proving someone wrong?
Excl. A variation of “No shit, Sherlock.” Late in the decade, “doy” was used separately as well, but “no doy” is the original utterance.
I remember this saying as, “no duh” not “no doy.” I still use it. *head hung in shame*
I found the 80’s glossary of terms here. Wish I had enough room in this post to list more. Perhaps I will do a pt. 2 in the future. In the meantime, what was your favorite saying when you were a teen?