80's Slang

80's Slang

ACID HOUSE
House music inspired by the use of LSD. See also house music.

AIRHEAD
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!”) Contrary to popular belief, Valley Girls did NOT invent this word. It was used to describe them!

AWESOME
Causing awe; appalling; awful;as, an awesome sight. In the 80’s, if something was cool, it was awesome. See also bad. BAD Very good, excellent; cool, awesome. See also awesome.

BARF BAG
A type of insult. Something Jo on The Facts of Life might have called Blaire for spilling something on her homework.

BIMBETTE
The use of bimbo in the 80’s would have been too outdated. Also used to describe a girl who is stupid.

BODACIOUS
An 80’s guy’s way to describe a woman who had a beautiful body. “She is bodacious!”

BOGUS
Unfair or unfortunate. “Having one night to do a term-paper is bogus!”

BOY TOY
A word used to describe a cute guy used as a toy for older women. Madonna invented this one with her “Boy Toy” belt on her 1984 “Like A Virgin” album.

BUTT UGLY
Unattractive to the sight.

CHEEZY
1. In poor taste; lame, corny. The gift I received was really cheezy. 2. Overly sentimental or insincere.

CHILL
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 80’s.

EAT MY SHORTS
Phrase used as a comeback. Heavily in use in the 80’s and also used on “The Simpsons”. If someone was to put you down , you would reply with this.

DWEEB
Geek, nerd. Someone who is not “in”.

FER SHUR
To stress what you are saying. Usually in valley type accent. “Fer Shur Dude!”

FRESH
Cool, new. Duran “Duran’s new album is so fresh!”

GAG ME WITH A SPOON
A typical Valley Girl response to something you dislike. (Not to be taken literally).

GNARLY
Very good. Not commonly used today. “She is gnarly!”

GRODY
Really, really gross. Sometimes used with: Grody to the max! Max being a degree of grossness.

HOUSE MUSIC
Disco type of music, very repetitive. See also acid house.

LIKE
A word used before every sentence in the 80’s. “Like, are you going to the Prom?”

MAJOR To stress something you say, immensely. “You are a major dipstick, MAJOR !”

PSYCH A term meaning “gotcha!” Psych was usually said after saying something that wasn’t true.

TOTALLY
Another way to stress what one is saying. “That is totally tubular” or "School is totally
uncool."
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