The Top 15 Slangs Terms of the 80’s

The 80’s was filled with bright colors, leg warmers, soft rock and a surfer mentality, making it a decade that embraced the fun in life without any of the hassle. The 80’s generation used slang terms and words that today probably sound truly odd, but isn’t that always how it is?

1. Gnarly – A surfer reference that was used as a way to show that something was cool. I.e. “That was totally gnarly, dude!”

2. Dude/Dudette – Gender specific noun’s used in place of a person’s name. I.e. “Dude, that was awesome!”

3. Like Totally – Used as a way to express extreme agreement with someone or something. I.e. “I think he was really in to you, like totally!”

4. Tubular – Another surfer reference, this slang word was used as a way to express excitement in something or someone. I.e. “Man, that was tubular!”

5. What’s Your Damage? – This 80’s slang term was used to express annoyance, anger, shock, etc. I.e. “What was that about, man? What’s your damage?”

6. Choice – A slang word used to describe something or someone that is awesome, amazing, cool, etc. I.e. “My new car is totally choice, man!”

7. Burn/Burned – As an 80’s slang word, this was used when someone or some trivial thing was proved wrong. I.e. “Man, you got burned!”

8. Grody – Used as a way to show disgust in something or someone. I.e. “The new tuna surprise lunch special is grody!”

9. Rad – This 80’s slang word was used to say that something or someone was cool, awesome, great, neat, etc. I.e. “Did you see that car flip, it was rad!”

10. Bogus – Used as a way to show disbelief or that something or someone was wrong, unbelievable, etc. I.e. “What he told me was totally bogus!”

11. Gag Me with a Spoon – The 80’s slang term was used to show disgust or extreme dislike. I.e. “That old guy just asked me out on a date... no! Gag me with a spoon!”

12. Wiggin’/Wiggin’ Out – Used to show that something or someone was crazy, weird, losing it, etc. I.e. “That new French teacher is totally wiggin’ out in the classroom.”

13. To the Max – This slang term was used to show something or someone was extremely awesome or cool. I.e. “That new movie was to the max!”

14. Eat My Shorts – Made famous by the loveable bad boy Bart Simpson in the TV show The Simpsons, this slang term was used as a funny comeback. I.e. “Yeah well, eat my shorts, man!”

15. Fresh – The 80’s slang word was used when something was cool, awesome, etc. “Did you see the new Saved By the Bell episode? It was fresh!”


spelling/grammar police

It's "you're" - not "your."


It's you're... learn how to spell correctly and maybe that insult would work.

Your You're

'You're' literally means 'you are' so there was no need to correct that. Calm your face.

Thank you

I was hoping someone would reply with a "it's spelled like this" comment, because, I am a proud grammar Nazi. Deal with it.


Dudeee, really? It means the whole 80's decade.

Eat my shorts

85 is still the 80s bro js

Eat my shorts

It started in 85? Well I'm pretty sure that 85 is part of the 80's hence the 8 in font of the 5. In case you don't understand that means 5 years after the 80's began. So it wasn't in the 70's or 90's, that would make it in the 80's.

If I saw you I would give you

If I saw you I would give you a high five for that.

The Simpsons

Actually the Christmas special (the first episode) aired in December of 1989. There were short segments during the Tracy Ullman Show starting in 1987, but the signature catchphrases of the characters did not pervade pop culture until 1990, when the show began in earnest.

Eat my shorts

Bender said eat my shorts to the principal in "Breakfast Club" 1985. So I wouldn't credit Bart for the saying.

That's right. Everyone from

That's right. Everyone from the 80's knows every line from that movie.

Good one! That's absolutely

Good one! That's absolutely true. It started in the breakfast club


While he did say it before Bart, it was really Bart that brought it to light for the following generations, as many have not seen or simply have not connected the term to The Breakfast Club.

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