Friday, May 21, 2010

'90s Slang | 10 Words & Phrases We Need To Retire


How funny is it to hear your mom say things like, "Oh, that burger place really is da bomb" ... On one hand you're relieved she didn't say, "da bomb diggity." However, on the other hand, you think to yourself it's cute she's trying to be hip--too bad she's about ten years too late ... On that note, I present you with more slang we truly need to retire, if we haven't already.

Guide To Uncool 1990s Slang

1. "Stud Muffin" as in "Hot Guy" ... now I myself have referred to hot guys as "stone cold fox", but come on, something '70s is obviously cool in the old-school sense. You just know it's being thrown around as a fun vintage word.  



2. "Phat" as in "Cool" ... this was a term that became popular during the early to mid '90s and although it's very rarely used today, I hated it back then because, well, ya know. My buddy Rob would see me at a rave and say, "Hey Al, phat shirt ya got on tonight!" referring to a cool t-shirt I picked up at a hipster shop on the LES. Said shirt most likely had a play on the Pepsi logo or something. In my mind I'd think, "Hellz yeah it's a fat shirt, it's an XL"  >:-(

3. "All that and a bag of chips" as in "Awesome" ... made famous, I'm guessing by 1990s TV talk shows and Austin Powers, but please if you're still saying this, I'm sorry.

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4. "Talk to the hand!" as in "Don't even!" ... see #3.



5. "Really?" as in "No you didn't!" or "For real?" ... I've bitched about this on Facebook before. I'm so sick of this "Really" stuff. Like enough already.

6. "Homie" or "Homeslice" as in "buddy" or "friend" ... Does anyone even say this anymore? Lame.

7. "Not so much" as in "not very cool" or "lame"... I am going to give Borat credit for "Not so much". I think he popularized the phrase. It's time to retire this one along with "Really?" ... Even though it's from 2000-something, it's time.

8. "Shiznit" as in "Cool" or "It's the sh*t" ... Another slang word I hope we don't hear too much of, since it's very '90s. For some reason "shiznit" sorta reminds me of something Robin Williams would say as Mork on Mork & Mindy.

9. "What's the dilly?" variations:  "What the dillie?", "What the dealy?" or "What the dilly, yo?" as in "What's the deal?" or "What's up?" ... another phrase I am hoping none of you still utilize today. Very 1990s.

10. "Scrub" as in "A loser guy who thinks he's 'all that and a bag of chips'" ...  Big in 1994 and made famous by the '90s pop group TLC with "No Scrubs. Notice I said 1994.



Other words not included on this list are "cool beans" thanks to my friend Rene for that one, which reminds me of "coolio" meaning basically the same thing. The simplistic term "cool" will always be cool in my book, no need to add to it. Feel free to list your own personal favorites in the comment section.




46 comments:

Ms. Anthropy said...

I can't speak, you took all my words.

Sam said...

LOL! Loved this post.

It was all that and a bag of chips. And you my homie, are the shiznit :p

Riot Kitty said...

LMAO! Haven't even heard of a couple of these.

Cheeseboy said...

LOL! So true on all of them.

Also, did "dog" come out in the 90's? Calling people "dog" has got to go.

The mad woman behind the blog said...

yeah, i'm kinda struck dumb over here too. might you make some hip suggestions/alternatives?

Crazy Brunette said...

HAHAHA!!!

I forgot about damn near all of these!!

God we thought we were fucking cool didn't we?

Marlene said...

I promise I'll never say "peachy keen jelly bean" ever again. Yikes.

Miss Kitty Boo said...

oh no! i say cool beans still... guess I'm not hip :\ lol

ScoMan said...

I agree with most of these and thought they were good.. number 7, not so much.

Joe Cap said...

I haven't heard of many of these myself, but here is a phrase that I hate...'It's all good'

Now, one phrase that NEVER seems to go out of style is COOL. That, I like.

Mamma has spoken said...

Not sure but I think 'door knob' and calling your girl friends 'girlfriend' came to be in the 90's too.
I still use 'really?' way too much....

Copyboy said...

I gotta be honest, the "really" thing still cracks me up...every time. But I also laugh at America's Funniest videos...so what does that say about me. Ally you are da Bomb!!!!

Maggi said...

I'm with you on those except for the "really?" but it never occurred to me that it was slang. lol

And thanks a heap Wayne's World:

Schwing!
Sha, right! As if!
Exsqueeze me? (or is it just squeeze me?)

I actually had a history teacher in high school that banned all Wayne's World related quotes from his classroom. We got demerits if we said any in his presence. LOL

Kathie @ Just a Happy Housewife said...

I never liked phat, it was one of my pet peeves hearing that word. lol

Chrissy said...

how about WHATEVER ? I use to hate the tone of that word when it was said... what also is getting on my nerves is "that's how I roll"

1950's_atomic_ranch_house said...

lol funny!

nikki said...

I just used the phrase stone cold fox on my blog a couple weeks ago. Definitely preferable to stud muffin.

The whole Really? thing doesn't bother me if it's used well. Sweet Dee from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. She pulls off the Really? perfectly.

sara said...

"I know, right?" as in I agree and am totally shocked/outraged/etc as well. Sadly I still use this. And "wicked" as and adjective, as in that test was wicked hard. Also still in use. Damn I need to get current!

Brittney said...

LOL!! great post

Caution Flag said...

I am addicted to really. It's my "um" and "welllllll" conversation extender. Really!

Lisa Marie said...

I am guilty of "not so much". The rest nope. Oh and I would like to add anything ending in "izzle"

Mom Mayhem says: said...

Lol! Even though -I may or may not still say some of those =P

Angie said...

Oh wow... I'm guilty on all counts here.

Babes Mami said...

Homie, Really? You really don't think I'm all that and a bag of chips?

Dawn K. said...

What a funny post! I'm probably guilty of uttering a few of those (although my slang is probably mrore from the 80s. Found you at blog frog and I'm your newest follower!

Dawn
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liz said...

Any slang phrase that my mom tries to use now, is something I generally avoid. She's at least 10 years behind with stuff like that.

Salt said...

I'm guilty as charged with the "really?" thing. Actually, I am more guilty for saying, "Seriously?" It's about as difficult for me to remove from my vocab as "like".

I actually said "the bomb" the other day and immediately wanted to punch myself in the face.

MoonDoggie said...

I use almost all of these - but almost never seriously so I pretty much already treat them as fun vintage words. Maybe they were all just a bit too Ricki Lake for me to think I could pull them off convincingly in everyday speech.
Except 'really?' - I've been using that since birth unless I'm misunderstanding your sense of the word.

Jeannie, Jane, Angel, Mommy, etc.. said...

HAHA! I had forgotten about some of these words! I am so glad that I found your blog! You bring back so many memories!

REALLYcosmo said...

REALLY ally? hahaa i'll never get rid of that one.

Lindsey said...

I forgot about most of those phrases!!
All that and a bag of chips...
LOL!

emilia. said...

oh that is too funny! i remember all of those saying haha. :)
xo.
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Melanie's Randomness said...

I'll admit I still use the "Really" & "Scrub" & "talk to the head". I know. I'm old school!

I grabbed your button too!

Marlene said...

Pssst...just stopped by to thank you for the kind words you wrote on my blog. No need to worry, you're not buddies with him. ;)

Heather Taylor said...

Phat is pretty horrible, but "really" is beginning to take tops in my book. Can't believe people still religiously say it...

Joann Mannix said...

I use the, "for real?" all the time. Oops.

I totally agree with all the rest.

Amy said...

I had a boss who said "cool beans" all the time. I wanted to smack him.

I do still love "really" though. Every time I hear/say it I think of the SNL Weekend Update sketch Really? With Seth and Amy (or just Seth now, I guess), but I basically just love everything on Weekend Update. Also, I say "basically" way too much.

TS Hendrik said...

For reals homeslice? What's the dilly? You be trippin' girl. Talk to the hand if you think "all that and a bag of potato chips" ain't phat!

dina said...

Great list... irresistible! It actually took me a long time to START saying some of these. My little bro was all about (is it still cool to say "all about?") what the dilly-O and "coolio" and I just felt like a moron even trying.

For some reason I still think it's hilarious to hear grown men, lawyers and stock brokers, calling their buddies "dawg." "What up dawg."

I only recently realized that "shiznit" and "what the dizzle" etc. was actually Missy Elliot's revival of the ebonics language thing they used in the old disco song "Double Dutch."

One question: I don't get the "really" thing. I say "really" and never thought I was being slangy. Am I missing something here? Really seems like a pretty classic term. No? Maybe one day you can do a video blog of these terms in common use!

Peace out, dawg.

dina said...

oh!! i'm back. i also wanted to add that "stud muffin" dates back to the '80s. i remember when my friend jen link used this term in like fifth grade to describe some cute boys she was introduced to at her new school after she moved.

Mr. Stupid said...

LOL. Hilarious post. I agree with Cheeseboy. No more Dog calling, please!

ASBLACKASOBAMA said...

How about Whaaaaaaaaaaaasup?

Powdered Toast Man said...

I still say a few of those. But I same them to make fun of them. I do hate other slang phrases but I can't think of them now.

When will 'Nigga' go away? I feel controversial and weird just typing that word.

Pat Tillett said...

That was a rad post....
right on?

MiMi said...

Um.
If I retire all of those words, I will never speak.

Lady Hill said...

This post is totally tubular. I mean it's seriously radical dude.

:-P

I still say all of those things. "Really" is one of my most often used phrases. I am known to look at Will and utter the word "Really?!" with such disdain...

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