In my serial novel “The Teen Rebels”, Josie, Seth, Moira, and Trixie grow up in the 1980s and as such, they hear (and repeat) a ton of what they hear.
I’m talking about the slang.
As far as we know, teenagers (and adults) have used slang since the 1920s (and I have a story about a girl who grows up hearing 1920s slang, but more on that later) and what they said in the 1980s will surprise you, as some of those phrases are still being said today.
Case in point:
- Like – most used 80s term today, as in “like, OMG!”
- Psych – to say something at the end of a negative phrase, such as “Dude, I heard that your brother totally crashed your car. (pause) Psych!”
- B.F.F. – you know what that means
- Bite Me – buzz off (discontinued after chapter 4 of The Beginning of the End)
- Bad to the Bone – coined by George Thorogood & the Destroyers
- Couch Potato – someone who sits on the couch and watches TV all day
- Dis – disrespect
- Eat My Shorts – comeback as popularized on “The Simpsons”
- Lame – something that is uncool
- Noob – newbie
- Posse – group of friends
- Shut Up! – unbelievable
- So (year) – out of style, as in “dude, that outfit is so 1985.”
- Step off – back off
- Sucks – really bad
- Trippin’ – acting in an unbelievable manner
- Wannabe – someone who wants to be someone else, like a celebrity
(Whoa. I did NOT expect to see so many of those words on this list!)
Anyway, you’ll be hearing these (and a ton of other phrases) when you pick up a copy of The Teen Rebels, which is coming very soon to an online bookstore near you!
- The Like Totally 80s Totally Tubular Slang List (http://www.liketotally80s.com/80s-slang.html)
- Glossary of Eighties Terms (http://www.inthe80s.com/glossary.shtml)
- Slang terms from the 80s (http://www.tripletsandus.com/80s/slang.htm)