|Slang terms from the 80s
||n. A stupid or
unaware person; moron, dim-wit. Origin: term implies that there
is nothing but air in the subject's head. ("He's confused
again. What an airhead!") Unrenounced to popular
belief, Valley Girls did not invent this word. It was used
to describe them.
a. 1. Causing awe; appalling; awful; as, an awesome sight.
In the 80's, if something was cool, it was awesome. See
||adj. very good,
excellent; Cool, Awesome. See also awesome.
|bad to the
||The group George
Thorogood & the Destroyers had a hit in the early 80's that
had started this quote. The movie Fast Times At
Ridgmont High was bad to the bone! See also
||A type of
insult. Something Jo on The Facts of Life might of
called Blair for spilling something on her homework.
|barf me out
||You might of
heard this come from a Valley Girl after you've said something
offensive to her. Also used to describe something you do
not particularly like.
||The use of bimbo
would of been too outdated for use in the 80's. Bimbette
would be used instead of calling a girl a "slut".
Also used to describe a girl who is stupid.
||An 80's guy's
way to describe a woman who had a beautiful body. She is
bodacious with gnarly ta-tas. See also gnarly & ta-tas
unfortunate. Having one night to do a termpaper is so
Some say Bruce Willis's character on Moonlighting created
||A bohemian or
artist. From the late 80's this word emerged. Probably
from the Soho art district in Manhattan.
favorable. See also awesome.
||A word to
describe a cute guy used as a toy for older woman.
Madonna invented this one with her "Boy Toy"
belt on her 1984 Like a Virgin album.
Unattractive to the sight.
||Adj. 1. In poor
taste; lame, corny. The gift I received was really cheesy.
2. Overly sentimental or insincere.
||v 1. to relax;
hang out. Let's go chill at your place. Dude, just chill.
Made popular by black Americans in the rap phase of the
||Word to describe
an alcoholic. Became a somewhat popular word during the
Nancy Reagan "Just Say No" era.
all-American boy. Meant as a word of praise. Usually
used by mid-80's preppy girls.
||Someone who sits
in front of the TV on their couch or sofa. With the boom
of cable, MTV and home video, more people parked their butts on
their couches. Hence the term couch potato.
addictive form of cocaine. Not in the form of
powder, but crystallized into a hardened form used to smoke.
Popularized in 1985.
||Word meaning you
were in trouble. We are in deep shit!
||A major 80's
comeback. Cock was a bit harsh to use for calling someone
a dick, so these words emerged to describe someone who is unpleasant
||Two incomes with
no kids. A couple of yuppies with lots of money to burn.
unintelligent person; moron, dim-wit; idiot. Popularized
by "Boss Hogg" on TV's The Dukes of Hazzard.
Also used instead of using the word dick. See
harsh way of describing a person who is not very smart. See
||One of the most
used phrases in the 80's. Notoriously used by yuppies to
get together for power lunches or mixing lunch with business.
Lets do lunch. One of the few surviving phrases of
the 80's ,used in the 90's and possibly beyond!
|do the nasty
They were doing the nasty last night when I tried to call
||To have sex.
Popularized by Ton Loc's 1989 hit "Wild Thing".
Not used too often today. See also do the nasty
Someone who is not "in".
||Phrase used as a
comeback. Heavily in use in the 80's and also used on
TV's The Simpsons. If someone was to put you down
in anyway, you can reply with this phrase.
|eat shit and
phrase and implies death on the part of the person on the
receiving end. Most of the time, not literally. Used
in the mid-80's.
drug" used to enhance sensations while dancing. Gained
popularity in the early 80's. This drug is still popular
if not more popular throughout the 90's among teens and young
adults on the party scene.
||Word used by
Americans to describe usually British singers or bands of
the early 80's.
were rich that frequented the club scene in the early to mid
This term for the most part, was not meant to describe
homosexuals or homosexuality. Slang to replace the phrase
"You queer" or the early 80's. See also art
fag, eurofag, fag bashing, fag tag.
||The little loop
on the back of your polo shirt. Despite someone's actual
sexual preference, people joked of pulling this tag while fag
bashing the person who is wearing the polo shirt.
||To stress what
you are saying. Usually in a valley type accent. Fer
shur, fer shur dude!
||An actual or
openly gay guy. See also fag.
Duran Duran's new album is so fresh!
displeasure of and event and also can be used to show that
someone likes something immensely. Fuck'n A, this traffic is
terrible! -or- Fuck'n A, the Prince concert was awesome!
me with a spoon
Valley Girl response to something you dislike. Not meant
to be taken literally.
||a spin on
boy toy, used to describe a guy's girlfriend or a girl's
girlfriend. Also used to describe a woman who is
not openly gay.
||Belonging to an
urban street gang. Also used to describe a group of
guys having sex with one girl.
See also do the nasty, do/doing the wild thing and
Not commonly used today. She is gnarly!
gross. Sometimes used with: Grody to the max! Max
being a degree of grossness.
||To make someone
sick. Most of the time - not literally.
In WarGames, Mathew Broderick played a hacker.
|have a cow
excited or to make a big deal out of something.
||Bad, not good.
||Used in the
early 80's to describe someone who is a gang banger. Later
used to describe a black male - which was okay for blacks to use
this word. And even later was accepted to be used by all
do describe a black guy.
Rob Moranis & Dave Thomas as "Bob and Doug
McKenzie" made this a popular slang word. See also
take off/take off to the great white north.
||Disco type dance
music, very repetitive. See also acid house and deep
"You be illin'". Sometimes used if someone
looks under the weather, unhappy or even if they have suffered a
Princess. Also used to describe a prissy Jewish girl who
dresses preppy, spoiled and is a sexual tease.
not-so-hip girl. From the 70s and 80s show Happy Days,
Erin Moran, the character of Joanie Cunningham the unhip girl of
||Used in place of
dick. From the accessory used with the Atari 2600.
Nancy Reagan's slogan of the early 80's. Sometimes thought
of as an oversimplified slogan aimed to teach kids not to use
||Used to describe
something or someone who is not cool or acceptable.
||A word used
before every sentence in the 80's. "Like, are you
going to the prom?"
something you say, immensely. "You are a major
||Girl who spends
most of her time at the mall. Big meeting place of the
well-connected people at parties. Sometimes old friends
and most of the time, new people. A way for yuppies to get ahead
and make connections.
||A type of
heavily synthesized pop music performed by groups like A Flock
of Seagulls, Duran Duran, The Busboys, Thompson Twins and Eurasure.
A form of disco that had an essence of the future. This
spun off people who dressed "new wave". Lots of
mouse or gel in the hair, makeup on the face, loud colors, etc.
||Suffix you affix
to a word to describe the whole spectrum of the meaning.
"He is a Dweeb-o-rama". Meaning, you
are describing someone that is every sense of that word.
someone is "out of the closet" or openly gay. "She
is out finally."
|out the door
used at the end of a phrase. "Gag me out the
door." Meaning, something gaged them so much they had
to leave the room.
for a person or persons who are fashion conscious. Came
from the Pet Shop Boys with their song "Paninaro".
Computer (early 80s) 2. Political correctness.
|pencil you in
||To tentively set
an appointment with someone. If you were not sure you will
make the appointment, you would say, "I'll pencil you in,
just in case something comes up".
down version of telling someone they enjoy giving oral sex to
men. "Nice going, penis-breath"!
||To be phat is a
good thing. If someone says you are phat, it doesn't mean
you are overweight. Sort of like telling someone they are bad.
A term still used today. See also bad.
||A 'wannabe' spin
type, someone who wore Polo or Izod shirts, deck shoes and a
cloth belt. Preppies usually grew up to be yuppies. See
meaning "gotcha"! Psych was usually used after
telling someone something not true.
||An early 80's
way of saying someone is gay. Not necessarily true though.
See also fag.
||If something is
rad, it's not only attractive, it's attractive immensely.
singing rhythmically over a beat in the background. One
who raps is a rapper.
||Road kill. A
dead animal on the road.
"That roller coaster was such a head rush"!
||To kiss up to
someone. Yuppies schmoozed their way to the top of their
person. Scumbag in the 80s did not mean condom.
||One that is
dirty, filth 2. Immorally dirty. 3. Disapproval
throwing themselves while "dancing", trying to harm
either themselves or others for enjoyment. The same sort
of dancing resides today in mosh pits.
An exaggeration of being excited.
||To be ready to
guy, man or teenager. Guys used to call each other studs
as well as woman referring to a good looking guy as a stud.
Also used to describe a man who is sexually active.
something or someone. "This sucks". -or-
off to the Great White North
expression made popular by Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas who
played "Bob and Doug McKenzie" in the beer guzzling
movie Strange Brew. They also did a song with Geddy
Lee of Rush named Take Off to the Great White North.
They emphasized the Canadian accent in their movies and
recordings. Saying 'eh after each sentence. See also
|to the max
||To the extreme.
Taking it to the max or maximum level.
||Another way to
stress what one is saying. "That is totally
tubular". -or- "School is totally uncool".
is cool. Something overwhelming. "Tubular, totally
rays. "I'm going to the beach to catch some
spoiled girls in California's San Fernando Valley. Later, valley
girl talk or valspeak inhabited the 80s across America. A
Valley Girl would of said something like: "That stud is
like, omygod, so rad!"
||Term used to
describe chilling out or taking it easy. Derived from the
word vegetable or someone who is paralyzed. A couch
potato would be a veg. See also couch potato.
who would like to be like someone else. Usually a pop star or a
person in the public eye. There were lots of Madonna
wannabe's in the mid-80s.
||White Anglo-Saxon Protestant. To be a WASP
in the 80s was to be very "white" or well-to-do.
A yuppie could be called a WASP. See also yuppie.
||Another word for
good, radical or bad. See radical and bad. "She is wicked nice."
professional -or- young upwardly mobile professional. A
well educated, career oriented, almost always white and driven
by lots of money. This person is also into the social
scene especially if it could better their business or career.