Tuesday, September 6, 2011

American Slang Terms


* 1920s Slang Terms
    23 skiddoo -- to get going; move along; leave; or scram
    The cat's pajamas -- the best; the height of excellence
    Gams -- legs
    The real McCoy -- sincere; genuine; the real thing
    Hotsy-totsy -- perfect
    Moll -- a female companion of a gangster
    Speakeasy -- a place where alcohol was illegally sold and drunk during Prohibition
    The bee's knees -- excellent; outstanding

* 1930s Slang Terms
    I'll be a monkey's uncle -- sign of disbelief; I don't believe it!
    Gig -- a job
    Girl Friday -- a secretary or female assistant
    Juke joint -- a casual and inexpensive establishment with drinking, dancing, and blues music, typically in the southeastern United States
    Skivvies -- men's underwear

*1940s Slang Terms
    Blockbuster -- a huge success
    Keeping up with the Joneses -- competing to have a lifestyle or socioeconomic status comparable to one's neighbors
    Cool -- excellent; clever; sophisticated; fashionable; or enjoyable
    Sitting in the hot seat -- in a highly uncomfortable or embarrassing situation
    Smooch -- kiss

*1950s Slang Terms
    Big brother is watching you -- someone of authority is monitoring your actions
    Boo-boo -- a mistake; a wound
    Hi-fi -- high fidelity; a record player or turntable
    Hipster -- an innovative and trendy person

*1960s Slang Terms
    Daddy-o -- a man; used to address a hipster or beatnik
    Groovy -- cool; hip; excellent
    Hippie -- derived from hipster; a young adult who rebelled against established institutions, criticized  middle-class values, opposed the Vietnam War, and promoted sexual freedom
    The Man -- a person of authority; a group in power

* 1970s Slang Terms
    Catch you on the flip side -- see you later
    Dig it -- to like or understand something
    Get down/Boogie -- dance
    Mind-blowing -- unbelievable; originally an expression for the effects of hallucinogenic drugs
    Pump iron -- lift weights
    Workaholic -- a person who works too much or is addicted to his or her job

* 1980s Slang Terms
    Bodacious -- beautiful
    Chillin' -- relaxing
    Dweeb -- a nerd; someone who is not cool
    Fly -- cool; very hip
    Gag me with a spoon -- disgusting
    Gnarly -- exceptional; very cool
    Preppy -- one who dresses in designer clothing and has a neat, clean-cut appearance
    Wicked -- excellent; great
    Yuppie -- Young Urban Professional; a college-educated person with a well-paying job who lives near a big city; often associated with a materialistic and superficial personality

* 1990s Slang Terms
    Diss -- show disrespect
    Get jiggy -- dance; flirt
    Homey/Homeboy -- a friend or buddy
    My bad -- my mistake
    Phat -- cool or hip; highly attractive; hot
    Wassup? -- What's up?; How are you?
    Word -- yes; I agree

* 2000s Slang Terms
    Barney Bag -- a gigantic purse
    Newbie -- a newcomer; someone who is inexperienced
    Peeps -- friends; people
    Rents -- parents
    Sweet -- beyond cool

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