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Old July 1st, 2013, 06:04 PM
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Default Slang expressions - step 1 - name them

I was just reading an article that says many slang words have been recycled; like the generation Y term "sweet" was also used the same way in the 1930s. The term "cool" has been around forever.

Now, we have different generational sayings: Roaring twenties, WWII, the beatnik "Beat Generation", the Hippies, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Y, Z, the re-boomers (echo-boomers), etc.

We are going to try to figure out what generation owns these and where each expression started - and see how many we can figure out

So - the first step is just to list as many slang words or expressions as you can think of - from any era.

Groovy

Daddio

Chick

Radical

Awesome

*****in' (um this was related to a female dog)

Far Out

Please help me list as many slang words as you can - from any generation. Things you hear your kids say will really help (cuz I don't have any kids).

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Flower power... Sit on it!....Kiss my grits...Keep on truckin.....Far out man...Chill....Bummer...You dig?
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Good ones.... some are more like "famous expressions" than slang but still good.

Try to think of some from the 50s - like how did Marlon Brando talk in "The Wild Ones?"
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Gnarly

Primo

Hermatile

Spaz

Bogus

Jammin'
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hermatile?

How about...

Hairy

hang loose

Don't have a cow

Homey don't play that

hook up

I got hosed (stick a rubber hose up your nose)

hot diggity dog!
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bad to the bone

coyote ugly

hellacious

bodacious

to the max

totally

don't jive me
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A really old one: Twenty three skidoo! What does that mean?

Or, the threat, "I'll fix your little red wagon!".

"The cat's pajamas!"

Newer: "The whole nine yards". Nine yards of what?
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Old July 2nd, 2013, 02:28 AM
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Being a modern hep cat, I don't rap like that.
That's how I roll with my peeps in tha' hood.
(You know what I'm sayin', dawg?)


Barf out. Hurl. Spew.
Gag me. (with a spoon)
Freaking
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Putz
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Belquique,

I think I can explain the derivation of, "The whole nine yards."

Back around the turn of the century (and later), when a man ordered a suit, he could of course, select the option of a "three piece" suit. Back then at least, it allegedly took approximately nine yards of fabric to complete a three piece suit. Therefore, if a customer wished a three piece suit, he just asked for, "The whole nine yards."

Along the same lines is this one. Again, around the turn of the century (before and after), there were no department stores so folks purchased virtually every staple and then some from the "General Store." This included material. To facilitate such a purchase, the store owner would often have a long counter into which he had driven two brass tacks, spaced one yard apart with which to measure yard goods.

As it was customary for the customer and store owner to exchange news (read gossip), this would continue until the actual conduct of business would commence. At that time the proprietor would say something along the lines of, "It's time we got down to the 'brass tacks'"
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Shut up!

Weird!

Cooking!

Jumping Jimeny!

Jumping Jehosephat (sic)
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Only Minnesotans will get this:

Uff Da!

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Mike,

I'm from Tennessee and I know that one. But then again, I've a Norwegian friend.
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Like....uh.....totally
nip it in the bud
the cat's meow
hot diggity dang
gag me with a spoon
totally gnarly
beat it
OMG STFU!!!!
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Only us old surfers will appreciate this one; tubular

The Mecca of surfing is the north coast of Oahu in the winter. One of the best places was Pipeline where the waves formed a tube. Hence the term tubular meaning awesome or excellent. We use to use the term back in the mid 60's when I was a surfer dude!

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hermatile?
Yes, it was used in the 80's. I first heard it from some fellow sailors who all were from western Pennsylvania. Hermatile means to go berserk in a given situation. Overreact to the max!

"Dave went hermatile when he found out his cruise had been canceled."
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OR "lets get er done"
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STEP TWO is to identify where the came from...

Who started the words/ What generation? You may be surprised.

You can add where you first remember hearing them, and how soon it took you to get sick & tired of them, and which ones you personally overused the most?


nip it in the bud
the cat's meow
hot diggity dang
gag me with a spoon
totally gnarly
beat it
OMG STFU!!!!

Shut up!
Weird!
Cooking!
Jumping Jimeny!
Jumping Jehosephat

Barf out. Hurl. Spew. (valley Girl_
Gag me. (with a spoon)
Freaking
Hopeless
Loser (80s)
Doofus (60s)
Dweeb (70s)
Nerd (60s)
Jock (60s)
Airhead (70s)
Spaz (60s)
Wino
Klutz
Goth
Moocher (30s)
Putz
Junk
Hottie
Noogie (60s)
Posse
Shorty
yo! (90s)
swag (00s)
Hoe
Diss
Krunk
Jiggy (00s)
Milkshake
Po-Po (80s)
My Bad (80s)
2000 and Late
Bling
Mash up
Phat
Stoked (70s)

How about using "Bad" to mean good? Did Michael Jackson start that one, or did he just follow onto the trend?
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Only Minnesotans will get this:

Uff Da!

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How about using "Bad" to mean good? Did Michael Jackson start that one, or did he just follow onto the trend?
He followed into the trend later than most white folks. He was "2000 and late"...
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