Like generations before us, we had our own unique vocabulary. The things we said shaped us to be who we are now. Take a look at my personal favorite words and phrases and see if any are yours too.
“Talk to the hand cause the face ain’t listening!” If you were real creative you included an “answering machine” message and beep. Perfect for those annoying kids you never wanted to talk to, or when you were in a fight with your bff.
This could be long (duuu-uuh) or it could be short (duh!). But its intention was simple– to make someone feel stupid. Who would have though that such a simple 3 letter word could mean so much?
Hey, it’s your mom! Look free ice cream! Oh my gosh there’s an elephant in a pink tutu running straight towards us! It didn’t matter how ridiculous you got, you would do anything to make someone look just so you could say “MADE YA LOOK!” Cause if the Genie in Aladdin said it, it must be cool.
“‘I’m rubber, you’re glue. Whatever you say bounces off me and sticks on you.” Great come back right up there with “Sticks and Stones may break my bones, but words will never harm me.” Usually only used by the goody goodies; it never mattered how clever you were, words hurt.
So what if this was made popular by a Budweiser commercial? If you didn’t use it you at least heard other people fail at trying. This is more of a novelty word than one used in real conversation.
A great word for putting someone in their place. More degrading than “stupid,” it could be used in multiple ways including: “You’re such a loser,” “Loo-Serr,” and “Who’s a loser now?” It didn’t make for that good of a comeback, but using it certainly gave you a good bit of power. If you were considered to be a loser, though, it was a tough word to get any respect from using it.
Mostly popular with the girls, using the word “like” every other word was practically a disease. Once you started there was no turning back no matter how many people laughed at you or looked at you like you were stupid. One time I tried telling a story without using this word and failed terribly. The only word worse than like is “um” (if that even counts as a word.)
This was a phrase for everyone who wanted to be cool (or subconsciously gangster). While girls had “like,” boys had “my bad.” Both still remain somewhat in our vocabulary today. This became the new “I’m sorry”/”Excuse me,” but you never heard “my good.”
P-H-fat. The older Y-Kids LOVED this word. Maybe it was because it was a word that sounded like a negative adjective, but really meant “awesome!” This is one word I will never understand.
The key to this word was really exaggerating the last syllable so you really got the “r” rolling. Great word for pretending like you didn’t care about something. Another word that was popular with the girls.
From the hit 1993 Cypress Hill song by the same name, this phrase was great for all things crazy and out of this world. This catch phrase came after the song, because who doesn’t like quoting lyrics?
Or “Pinky Swear” had ten times the agreement effect of “Cross my heart and hope to die, stick a needle in my eye.” Urban Dictionary defines this as: “An eternally binding act of hooking pinky fingers together in an attempt to seal the deal of a promise that has been made.” You always had to watch out for those kids who thought they could be clever and cross their fingers behind their backs.
Grown ups hated when you used this word. The only word they didn’t want to hear more was “stupid.” But how did they expect you to get people to be quiet without using a strong word? Plus it was fun saying a “bad word.” This was also a word you could use on your peers when they were being annoying or saying things about you that you didn’t want to hear.
This phrase will never go out of style. To be considered cool was one of the highest honors you could have as a kid. But the best part about this word was that you didn’t have to be cool to use it. When “awesome,” “great,” or “hot dog!” just wouldn’t cut it, this word was a piece of cake to dish out. There was not limit to the number of things that could be cool or be considered cool. Even when things weren’t impressive at all but you felt like you had to show some emotion you could get by with a simple, “cool.”
While this was more of a game than a phrase for me, it was definitely memorable. It was sort of like a game of telephone played at the lunch table. One person would come up with complete nonsense to say followed by “pass it on.” It didn’t matter if you wanted to play or not, you were obligated to continue the chain. It was similar to passing notes, except it wasn’t intended for anyone specific, and was much more annoying.
The granddaddy of them all had half of these words combined: “loser, loser, double loser, as if, whatever, get the picture, like duh!” There wasn’t really a point to this except it was clever and (if no one had ever seen it before) mesmerizing. To get a refresher on the hand motions and all click here. How fast could YOU say it?
How about you? What were your favorite words or phrases to say as a kid?