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!"
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!
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!
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..
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