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!”


Eat my shorts old man!!!

If you're 80 then why are you here?? Go back to the Thirties. quite wigging out. No one cares about you anyway... Get a job and receive some social security so you wont waste your time on this website trying to be cool
(hopefully you understand this new lingo)


You seem to be the one "quite wiggling out," dude. Chill. And, here's a news flash for you: An 80-year-old today would have lived through the 1980's, and had enough life experiences to really be able to see fads and slang for what they were: fads and slang. Of course the word "awesome" was around in the 70's and earlier, but people didn't use it the same way. It is used all the time now, because of it's popularity in the 80's. The statement that nobody cares about a person in their 80's (or 70's, or 90's, etc..) is absolutely ridiculous.


Sooo...if you are older and experienced you have no business on this site? No one cares about you? Do you disrespect your grandparents this way? And finally - how about you go (or go back to) school and learn to spell? That is all.

lol... thats funny... Thats

lol... thats funny... Thats totally awesome!


youre in the wrong decade... go back to the thirties in your rad time machine and let us gnarly people be fresh... EAT MY SHORTS AND GAG ME WITH A SPOON. YOUR BOGUS... Stay fresh oldie... AND LET US 80s KIDS LIVE OUR LIVES.


It was one comment, and one person's opinion. Chill


Like, they totally forgot, like, some really rad words like... he's a total babe, give me a break, that was classic! pull an all-nighter, smoke a dubie, freakin' out, she's a total spaz, stop spazzin on me, cop a feel, five-finger discount, stoner, what a nerd!....excetera, excetera

Don't forget

Don't get your panties in a bunch.

Etcetera. There is no x.

Etcetera. There is no x.

Et Cetera

Two words


you might want to offer her some salve for that...


This is totally bodacious


this is rad man


Putz is one that could've been in there

Putz is Yiddish

"Putz" is Yiddish. It literally means "penis." So basically calling someone a putz is valling them a "d*ck."


most of this i already use lol



All Quotes

I hope I'm not disturbing anything here but I thought that was all useful and when I started talking like that to my mom she was was like who took you to the 80's and back And I also agree 1985 is in the 80's duh


who talks to their mom??? dont have a cow, go back to the 50s when children had a good relationship with their parents. TALKING TO YOUR MOM IS GRODYY... eat my shorts to the max... gag me with a spoon

Surfer Talk

It seems like a lot of these terms are surfer/Southern Californian talk lol

I aggree with that, when I

I aggree with that, when I hear these words, I hear them in a surfer voice

That's where it came from

Surfer talk became part of our vernacular, even in podunk Texas.

Rad, to the max!

"Radical" was the common expression in most of the '80s. It was shortened to "Rad" for the very late '80s and into the early '90s.

And "to the max" was not limited to saying something was cool. A very common expression of the time was, "Grody, to the max!"

a quote from above

"Man, you got burned!"

Eat my shorts

Seriously? From the 80s???? Uhm.. Te simpsons started in 85... Dude...

You are wrong.

The year 1985 is a part of the 80's. So your dumb then! yay...

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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