Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Slangin' Around

Do you realize you’re probably walking around blabbering slang and jargon and you don’t even realize it? Don’t worry…it’s been going on forever. In fact, let’s see how clever you are. Try and identify which decade these phrases came from?

1. Hipster
2. Keeping up with the Joneses
3. Gnarly
4. I’ll be a monkey’s uncle
5. Catch you on the flip side
6. Daddy-o
7. Phat
8. Dig it
9. Peeps
10. Gag me with a spoon
11. Zowie
12. Eye candy
13. Dude
14. Moola
15. All hot and bothered

Good luck and may the force be with you…

25 comments:

Mrsupole said...

I suffer from CRS and so would not have a clue as to which was which decade. What's a decade anyway?

God bless.

Subby said...

To think I still use most of these...oh wait..."zowie" isn't one of them. Sounds like something you'd hear Ritchie say on "Happy Days" :P

One of my Pop's faves was "I'm gonna be on you like white on rice!" I'll not allude to the bad ones, heh...

Subby said...

1. '60's?
2. '70's?
3. '70's..dude!
4. '30's?( ala Groucho Marx )
5. '80's?
6. '50's ( beatnik slang )
7. '90's and still in use
8. 70's
9. '90's and current
10. '80's( thank you Moon Unit Zappa! )fer shur!
11. '20's?
12. '40's( hubba, hubba! )
13. '70's ( although the younger set would think it originated with "The Big Lebowski" )
14. still in use as "moolah" but not sure whence it originated...
15. 14th century B.C.E.?

CatLadyLarew said...

Go, Subby! If anybody besides VE can put these in chronological order, it's probably you! I've heard, but not used all of these at some point.

Janna said...

Leave it to Subby to leap right in. :)

Other than Daddy-o (50's) and Gag Me With A Spoon (80's), I'm not sure about any of them.

Part of that "Being Raised Under A Rock" thing.

(Hey... what decade was THAT from?)

Roy said...

Hmmmm... My brain doesn't get all that exact with stuff like this. A little over half of these I remember as a kid, and I grew up in the '50s and '60s. After that, who knows?

The Incredible Woody said...

Not enough caffeine in my system to take a test.

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

#12

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

I mean that's the only one I've used. It's too much work to guess in the am.

VE said...

mrsupole - A decade is a quick way to remind ourselves of past suffering and ridiculousness or of parties and good times we can no longer remember the specifics of...

subby - Ha! I'd never heard the rice one...

subby - Good stab at them. I'll publish them later...I want to give anyone else the opportunity to guess too...that is, if they're brains are functioning; which it seems like many aren't!

catladylarew - That's always the trick...you've heard them but how long have they been floating around?

janna - Must be hard to raise anything while under a rock!

roy - The truth is out there!

incredible woody - Just do like in school and select "C" for every one...

perpetual chocoholic - Quit staring at the firemen!

ReformingGeek said...

The answer is c) for current as I admit to still using some of those.

Oops.

Roy Scribner said...

Hipster is making a big comeback, yo. Did you confuse "Zowie" with "Zoiks"? I'm not hip to the zowie term, daddy-o.

Megan said...

Do I have to? I'd really rather not.

Although I must admit I had a brief (mercifully brief) fling with copacetic. I even shortened it to copa and I had a little finger wave that went along with it and...I'll shut up now.

Subby said...

Another Pop fave fae leaving the door open; "Were you born in a barn?"

...or ( and e'en tho' it's frae th' '50's, I still heard it as a kid. In fact, Mom still uses it... )"That's the 64 dollar question."

Subby said...

Obscure reference( of course ): George Hamilton in th '79 film "Love at First Bite", in where he's "studying" slang ere coming to the U.S. Unfortunately, Renfeld gives him a book tha's greatly out-dated...!

Anne said...

the guy who coined 'cowabunga' died this week.

VE said...

Reforminggeek – Zowie! I didn’t know…

Roy – That’s because you’d have to be over 100 years old to have used it when it was popular!

Megan – This explains a lot…

Subby – Just how many people have been born in a barn I wonder?

Subby – That’s the trouble with slang and fashions; they get horribly outdated

Anne – I guess his life mission was fulfilled…


Ok everyone, here are your answers!

1. 50s
2. 40s
3. 80s
4. 30s
5. 70s
6. 60s
7. 90s
8. 70s
9. 2000s
10. 80s
11. 1900s
12. 90s
13. 60s
14. 60s
15. 40s

Subby made the only real stab at answering these. How did he do? He got 4 out of 15. A tough test indeed!

Jean Knee said...

my nine year old daughter and her girlfriends constantly call each other Dude!

what's that all about?

Subby said...

OY! The main confusion is that kids are "discovering" old slang and re-using it. So far I've not heard anyone saying "23 skidoo"...

And stupid spell-check doesn't recognise most of th' words!

Think I'll "go fly a kite" or something...

Elizabeth said...

I used to say "Gag me with a spoon" all the time. I can't believe my mother let me live!

sharonheg said...

I STILL say "Cool Beans" and stared saying it a good 10 years after everyone else did. But I'm weird like than, dude.

Monkey Man said...

What? No 23 skidoo?

Subby said...

@sharonheg, no worries, I still use that as well, tho' not as much as I used to, heh...

@Monkey Man, I got that one covered, LOL!

VE, prob'ly the most common one you hear to-day: "paper or plastic?"

Jaime said...

rough test. i didn't get more than a handful of those right.

VE said...

Jean – Obviously netflix is making a social influence…

Subby – You don’t see people flying kites much anymore. There’s probably an app that simulates it now…less string hassle…

Elizabeth – That one got old after the first time, too…

Sharonheg – I like my beans hot…

Monkey man – Do you even know what that means? ;)

Subby – Not for long though…plastic is going away around here…

Jaime – You need to go back and study!