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20 Slang Terms We Should Bring Back From The 80s and 90s

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We admit, that although we were around in the 80s and 90s, we did not use all of these – but we certainly used some, and still do. And my JVC BoomBox? I loved that thing. How many of these terms do you still use?

1980s Slang Terms

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Let’s dive into the 1980s:

“Not Even”

Not even.
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Disbelief or disagreement.

“Gag Me with a Spoon”

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Expression of disgust or annoyance.

“Have a Cow”

Have a cow. Upset. Angry.
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To overreact or get upset. Usually stated as, “Don’t have a cow”.

“No Duh”

Duh. Whatever. Shrug.
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Stating the obvious; “Of course”. Often shortened to, “Duh”.


Grody. Disgust.
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Disgusting or gross.

“Boom Box”

Boom box.
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Portable radio and tape machine.


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Delicious food.


Thumbs up.
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An expression of agreement or acknowledgment.


Right on.Pug with peace sign.
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Smooth; used to describe someone who is smooth in their actions or speech. Sometimes pronounced “buttah”.


Bod. Woman exercising. Fit body.
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Short for body, often referring to someone’s physique.


Zeek. Sexy woman in glasses.
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 A geek with undeniable sex appeal.

1990s Slang Terms

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The 90s brought their own flavor to language.

“As If!”

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Expression of skepticism or disbelief, popularized by the movie Clueless.

“All That And A Bag Of Chips”

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To describe something or someone as better than expected or having a high level of appeal.

“Da Bomb”

pretty woman.
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Something that is excellent or awesome.


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An exclamation used to express joy or triumph.


90s concept. Woman with guitar.
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Cool or trendy.


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A dismissive term used to express indifference or lack of interest.


Loser. Sad unpopular woman.
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A derogatory term used to describe someone seen as unsuccessful or unpopular.

“Take a Chill Pill”

Take a chill pill. Relax. Calm down.
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A phrase used to tell someone to calm down or relax.


thumbs up; 2 hands.
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Used to express agreement or acknowledgment.

“Buggin’ Out”

kid boy freaking out. Bugging out. Surprised.
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To react with disbelief or to overreact.

These slang terms vividly capture the cultural and social nuances of their respective decades, reflecting the dynamic shifts in language and expression over time.

20 Slang Words We Should Bring Back From The 1940s and 1950s!

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Slang words go in and out of fashion – just look at these words popular in the 1940s and 1950s. Remember, these are not strict, traditional definitions, but rather how the words have been adopted to use in everyday speech.

But first, where did “slang” come from?

READ: 20 Slang Words We Should Bring Back From The 1940s and 1950s!

20 Slang Words We Should Bring Back From The 60s and 70s

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Sayings come and go. Some linger for decades; others stick around for a brief period of time. What sayings are typical of the 60s and 70s? Did you say them back then? Do you still? Depending on how old you are, perhaps you have never actually heard anyone voice these. Let’s take a look. READ: 20 Slang Words We Should Bring Back From The 60s and 70s

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