Let’s be honest, we’ve all had that awkward moment when we say a terribly out-of-touch slang phrase that makes everybody turn and give you a strange look. Normally, we blame our parents for sounding super uncool because we said “ratchet” in 2017. Don’t be embarrassed though. We’ve all done it and it is actually really easy to slip up. Slang words have been used in every decade imaginable and quite frequently die within ten years or less. So if you use a slang word, often called street talk, from the 90’s, don’t sweat it. It may make you sound uncool but hey, it gets a laugh from the crowd.
To get a better idea of what slang words are “in” and what words should not be used in public anymore, here is a timeline of slang words used from the 1980’s until 2017. Hopefully in this day and age, nobody is using the phrase “gag me with a spoon.”
- Gag me with a spoon
- No duh
- As if!
- All that and a bag of chips
- Da Bomb
- Bling Bling
- Fo Shizzle
- GOAT-acronym for Greatest of All Time
- Low Key/High Key
The list could go on, but these are some of the most popular words of each decade. These unique words really define their individual decade and the language that was used–especially by teenagers in high school. Nowadays, many parents of students at Lake Forest High School have no idea what “extra” or “finesse,” which makes using them all the better. Slang words can be seen as a secret language for teenagers to use without there parents being clued in. Just make sure you aren’t too out of date with your slang words.