What was the most popular phrase when you were a teenager?
I am interested to see how the answers will vary depending on the decade you were a teen, and where you live. Here in the US I spent the majority of my teen years in California. I would have to say the most popular phrase in my area as a teen was, "Far out!"
When I moved to souththern Cal in the mid-fifties from Texas, the hot approval of things in general word was "bitchin'."
Growing up outside of Boston,MA in the 70s and 80s, the terms heard most were:
-Wicked Pissa (pisser with a Boston accent)-Approval
-Total Bulls%$t- Lies ( Ive been in parts of the country where they looked at me like I had 2 heads if I used the term B.S. I didn't shorten it for politeness either...
Nice idea for a thread....now I'll be thinking about this all day.
I became a teen in the second half of the 1950s, growing up in the Deep South. My generation debuted the word "cool", which has survived the decades even though the way it's said evolved a bit. Other slang I recall includes: "split" (get out of here); "made in the shade" (sure to be successful); "boss" (great); "Later, 'gator" ('bye); "dig" (understand); "flip out" (get real excited); "on cloud 9" (super happy); "drag" (someone or something boring); "go ape" (get very mad); "D.A." (the ducktail haircut); and, of course, "square" (someone who was not "hip" or "with it").
As a major bookworm, I'm afraid I wasn't very hip, but I made an effort to pretend I was because it seemed so important to fit in at that age. I was never part of the top "in" group in high school, except in glee club, where I was popular (with the other glee club students, anyway) as one of two sopranos who got most of the solos.
Ah....these trips down memory lane are fun. I'll be humming '50s songs all afternoon!
Its interesting how some of those have become household phrases while others are outdated. Thanks, Jay.
Some of these are real "survivors, " like "cool" which, I guess, came out of the Beats or jazz musicians.
Excellent choice for the win, Wayne! I forgot about all those sayings! Touche, Jaye!
I was a teen in the late 60's and groovy was in and also bitchin' which parents hated!! Oh yes, and also Far Out but that came a little later for me, early 70's I think when John Denver was popular.
Gag me with a spoon. I grew up in the 80's, as if you couldn't tell. There was also "dweeb", "totally", and "cool" seemed to be coming around just at that time as well. Now it's an every day word but back then it was new and upcoming.
Not to imply I participated, but there was a lot of "talk to the hand"... often followed by "'cause the face don't give a damn".
Upstate, New York during the 90's (probably a product of the media).
Oh and the thugs in the area used words like fat (phat) and stupid to show praise!
Thanks, cat. The "stupid" to show praise is a new one to me.
Here let me give it a try...something like... "Yo that shirt is bleepin stupid". Then the homeboy would reply; "Yea dawg, it's slammin'"
I think that's about how it would go. :-)
Well, you're making me date myself, but " Make love, not war!" was really big in the Vietnam/ Woodstock days.
I just recently graduated high school in Indiana, and all I heard throughout my years there were "swag," "no homo," then "YOLO" during my senior year.
I hate my generation.
I was hoping I would hear from the newest generation, and sure enough, you've got me with some I've never heard or have no idea what they mean!
If I remember right, I was told that "swag" is an acronym for "secretly we are gay." "YOLO" means "you only live once," and the morons in my generation use it as an excuse to make terrible or ridiculous decisions..
I'm also in this generation and I also hate it.
Sick - same as "cool"
Dope - same as "cool" and "sick"
Nasty - being good at something
Sup - "What's Up"
Far out! Right on! Guess we're pretty much on the same page, Wayne. In fact, I still bring those phrases to life. They just feel good!
Gross me out
Gag me with a spoon
Bad to the Bone
Ha ha! That was fun! Betcha can't guess what generation I'm from! ;-)
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