||House music inspired by the use of LSD. See also house music.
||Word(s) to describe grown-up children from dysfunctional families.
A stupid or unaware person; moron, dim-wit. Origin: term implies that
there is nothing but air in the subject's head. ("He's confused again.
What an airhead!") Unrenowned to popular belief, Valley Girls did
not invent this word. It was used to describe them.
||Not necessarily a gay artist, just an artist.
a. 1. Causing awe; appalling; awful; as, an awesome sight. In the
80's, if something was cool, it was awesome. See also bad.
||adj. very good, excellent; Cool, Awesome. See also awesome.
|bad to the bone
group George Thorogood & the Destroyers had a hit in the early 80's
that had started this quote. The movie Fast Times At Ridgmont High was bad to the bone! See also bad.
||A type of insult. Something Jo on The Facts of Life might of called Blair for spilling something on her homework.
|barf me out
might of heard this come from a Valley Girl after you've said something
offensive to her. Also used to describe something you do not
use of bimbo would of been too outdated for use in the 80's.
Bimbette would be used instead of calling a girl a "slut".
Also used to describe a girl who is stupid.
80's guy's way to describe a woman who had a beautiful body. She
is bodacious with gnarly ta-tas. See also gnarly & ta-tas for descriptions.
||Unfair or unfortunate. Having one night to do a termpaper is so bogus!
||Having sex. Some say Bruce Willis's character on Moonlighting created this word.
bohemian or artist. From the late 80's this word emerged.
Probably from the Soho art district in Manhattan.
||Adj. Something favorable. See also awesome.
word to describe a cute guy used as a toy for older woman.
Madonna invented this one with her "Boy Toy" belt on her 1984 Like a Virgin album.
||Adj. Unattractive to the sight.
||As in to "cap" on someone. Meaning to insult.
||As in "casing on a person." Meaning to insult.
1. In poor taste; lame, corny. The gift I received was really cheesy.
2. Overly sentimental or insincere.
1. to relax; hang out. Let's go chill at your place. Dude, just
chill. Made popular by black Americans in the rap phase of the
to describe an alcoholic. Became a somewhat popular word during
the Nancy Reagan "Just Say No" era.
all-American boy. Meant as a word of praise. Usually used
by mid-80's preppy girls.
act of fixing up your home. Investing in it for the long-term.
Poor people make rent or mortgage payments, yuppies cocoon.
who sits in front of the TV on their couch or sofa. With the boom
of cable, MTV and home video, more people parked their butts on their
couches. Hence the term couch potato.
most addictive form of cocaine. Not in the form of powder, but
crystallized into a hardened form used to smoke. Popularized
||House music with a gospel flair. See also house music.
||Word meaning you were in trouble. We are in deep shit!
major 80's comeback. Cock was a bit harsh to use for calling
someone a dick, so these words emerged to describe someone who
is unpleasant and/or stupid.
||Two incomes with no kids. A couple of yuppies with lots of money to burn.
An unintelligent person; moron, dim-wit; idiot. Popularized
by "Boss Hogg" on TV's The Dukes of Hazzard. Also used instead of using the word dick. See also dick/dickbrain/dickhead.
||A less harsh way of describing a person who is not very smart. See also airhead.
of the most used phrases in the 80's. Notoriously used by yuppies
to get together for power lunches or mixing lunch with business.
Lets do lunch. One of the few surviving phrases of the 80's
,used in the 90's and possibly beyond!
|do the nasty
||Having sex. They were doing the nasty last night when I tried to call her.
|do/doing the wild thing
have sex. Popularized by Ton Loc's 1989 hit "Wild Thing".
Not used too often today. See also do the nasty and boinking.
||Geek, nerd. Someone who is not "in".
|eat my shorts
||Phrase used as a comeback. Heavily in use in the 80's and also used on TV's The Simpsons. If someone was to put you down in anyway, you can reply with this phrase.
|eat shit and die
extreme phrase and implies death on the part of the person on the
receiving end. Most of the time, not literally. Used in the
drug" used to enhance sensations while dancing. Gained popularity
in the early 80's. This drug is still popular if not more popular
throughout the 90's among teens and young adults on the party scene.
||Word used by Americans to describe usually British singers or bands of the early 80's.
||Europeans who were rich that frequented the club scene in the early to mid 80's.
queer. This term for the most part, was not meant to describe
homosexuals or homosexuality. Slang to replace the phrase "You queer"
or the early 80's. See also art fag, eurofag, fag bashing, fag tag.
up homosexual or gay people for the fun of it. With the
uprising of the gay pride movement in the early 80's, this was a
past time of people who are prejudice against gay people.
little loop on the back of your polo shirt. Despite someone's
actual sexual preference, people joked of pulling this tag while fag
bashing the person who is wearing the polo shirt.
|for sure/fer shur
stress what you are saying. Usually in a valley type accent.
Fer shur, fer shur dude!
||An actual or openly gay guy. See also fag.
||Cool, new. Duran Duran's new album is so fresh!
displeasure of and event and also can be used to show that someone
likes something immensely. Fuck'n A, this traffic is terrible! -or-
Fuck'n A, the Prince concert was awesome!
|gag me with a spoon
Valley Girl response to something you dislike. Not meant to be
on boy toy, used to describe a guy's girlfriend or a girl's girlfriend.
Also used to describe a woman who is not openly
to an urban street gang. Also used to describe a group of
guys having sex with one girl.
||Having sex. See also do the nasty, do/doing the wild thing and boinking.
||Very good. Not commonly used today. She is gnarly!
really gross. Sometimes used with: Grody to the max! Max
being a degree of grossness.
||To make someone sick. Most of the time - not literally.
||Computer genius. In WarGames, Mathew Broderick played a hacker.
|have a cow
||Being overly excited or to make a big deal out of something.
||Bad, not good.
in the early 80's to describe someone who is a gang banger. Later
used to describe a black male - which was okay for blacks to use this
word. And even later was accepted to be used by all do describe a
jerk. Rob Moranis & Dave Thomas as "Bob and Doug McKenzie"
made this a popular slang word. See also take off/take off to the great white north.
||Disco type dance music, very repetitive. See also acid house and deep house.
unhip. "You be illin'". Sometimes used if someone looks
under the weather, unhappy or even if they have suffered a catastrophe.
|"In your dreams!"
||A phrase used usually when a person totally disagrees with something someone said.
American Princess. Also used to describe a prissy Jewish girl who
dresses preppy, spoiled and is a sexual tease.
||A boring, not-so-hip girl. From the 70s and 80s show Happy Days, Erin Moran, the character of Joanie Cunningham the unhip girl of the 50s.
||Used in place of dick. From the accessory used with the Atari 2600.
|"Just Say No"
Lady, Nancy Reagan's slogan of the early 80's. Sometimes thought
of as an oversimplified slogan aimed to teach kids not to use drugs.
||Used to describe something or someone who is not cool or acceptable.
||A word used before every sentence in the 80's. "Like, are you going to the prom?"
||To stress something you say, immensely. "You are a major dipstick, Major!"
||Girl who spends most of her time at the mall. Big meeting place of the 80's.
||adj; Meaning perfect; Awesome; beautiful; i.e. "That chick is mint!"
||Meaning if one does something stupid or embarrassing
they feel moldy "you feel moldy" Can also be used as "you feel Molded".
||Used when someone says something you don't like or disagree with.
meet well-connected people at parties. Sometimes old friends and
most of the time, new people. A way for yuppies to get ahead and make
of heavily synthesized pop music performed by groups like A Flock of
Seagulls, Duran Duran, The Busboys, Thompson Twins and Eurasure. A
form of disco that had an essence of the future. This spun
off people who dressed "new wave". Lots of mouse or gel in the
hair, makeup on the face, loud colors, etc.
you affix to a word to describe the whole spectrum of the meaning.
"He is a Dweeb-o-rama". Meaning, you are describing
someone that is every sense of that word.
||Explaining that someone is "out of the closet" or openly gay. "She is out finally."
||Another way of describing someone publicly, someone is gay.
|out the door
used at the end of a phrase. "Gag me out the door."
Meaning, something gaged them so much they had to leave the room.
slang for a person or persons who are fashion conscious. Came
from the Pet Shop Boys with their song "Paninaro".
|party hearty/party hardy
||To party excessively.
||1. Personal Computer (early 80s) 2. Political correctness.
|pencil you in
tentively set an appointment with someone. If you were not sure
you will make the appointment, you would say, "I'll pencil you in, just
in case something comes up".
down version of telling someone they enjoy giving oral sex to men.
"Nice going, penis-breath"!
be phat is a good thing. If someone says you are phat, it doesn't
mean you are overweight. Sort of like telling someone they are bad.
A term still used today. See also bad.
||Funny; Hilarious; "He's a pissa".
||A 'wannabe' spin off
||Persons of Opposite Sex Sharing Living Quarters.
type, someone who wore Polo or Izod shirts, deck shoes and a cloth
belt. Preppies usually grew up to be yuppies. See also yuppies.
meaning "gotcha"! Psych was usually used after telling
someone something not true.
||An early 80's way of saying someone is gay. Not necessarily true though. See also fag.
||If something is rad, it's not only attractive, it's attractive immensely.
||Speaking or singing rhythmically over a beat in the background. One who raps is a rapper.
||Road kill. A dead animal on the road.
||Big thrill. "That roller coaster was such a head rush"!
||To kiss up to someone. Yuppies schmoozed their way to the top of their field.
||An undesirable person. Scumbag in the 80s did not mean condom.
|Sex, drugs and rock 'n roll!
||This phrase may not of been coined in the 80's, but it sure was used often enough.
||One that is extremely nervous.
||1. Physically dirty, filth 2. Immorally dirty. 3. Disapproval
teens throwing themselves while "dancing", trying to harm either
themselves or others for enjoyment. The same sort of dancing
resides today in mosh pits.
||Overly excited. An exaggeration of being excited.
||To be ready to do something.
guy, man or teenager. Guys used to call each other studs as well
as woman referring to a good looking guy as a stud. Also used to
describe a man who is sexually active.
||Disapproval of something or someone. "This sucks". -or- "He sucks".
||A woman's breasts.
|take off/take off to the Great White North
expression made popular by Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas who played "Bob
and Doug McKenzie" in the beer guzzling movie Strange Brew. They also did a song with Geddy Lee of Rush named Take Off to the Great White North.
They emphasized the Canadian accent in their movies and
recordings. Saying 'eh after each sentence. See also hoser.
|to the max
||To the extreme. Taking it to the max or maximum level.
way to stress what one is saying. "That is totally tubular".
-or- "School is totally uncool".
||Something that is cool. Something overwhelming. "Tubular, totally tubular."
||Ultraviolet rays. "I'm going to the beach to catch some UV's."
spoiled girls in California's San Fernando Valley. Later, valley girl
talk or valspeak inhabited the 80s across America. A Valley Girl
would of said something like: "That stud is like, omygod, so rad!"
used to describe chilling out or taking it easy. Derived from the
word vegetable or someone who is paralyzed. A couch potato
would be a veg. See also couch potato.
who would like to be like someone else. Usually a pop star or a person
in the public eye. There were lots of Madonna wannabe's in the
||White Anglo-Saxon Protestant.
To be a WASP in the 80s was to be very "white" or
well-to-do. A yuppie could be called a WASP. See also yuppie.
|"What choo talkin' 'bout?"
the hit 80's Show Diff'rent Strokes. Little Arnold used to say
this at least one time in each episode.
||Another word for good, radical or bad. See radical and bad. "She is wicked nice."
Very cool or wicked. "That movie was word!" 'Truth'.
Something you said when you would agree with someone.
||Another variant of "word".
|word to your mother
yet another variant of word and word-up; something that is true or a
way to express that you agree with something someone said or done.
urban professional -or- young upwardly mobile professional. A
well educated, career oriented, almost always white and driven by lots
of money. This person is also into the social scene especially if
it could better their business or career.