The Top 15 Slang 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!”

If you have any slang words from the 1980s, please share them in the comments.

8 thoughts to “The Top 15 Slang Terms of the 80’s”

  1. tottali toobulur
    *cue stranger things theme*

  2. No one remembers Dweezil
    I suspect this list was cribbed from a single Frank Zappa song.
    This is almost entirely valley girl slang. While Valley Girl admittedly did leak into common slang, it was mostly used ironically

  3. SIKE (PSYCHE) fooled ya!
    That Ice cream was grody to the max! SIKE! Don’t forget this one! It was used every day lol.

  4. I’m not from the 80s (WISH I COULD HAVE BEEN!) but I love everything 80s. I loved the music especially Billy Joel 😀

  5. A few I remember…
    He is a stone fox
    that is so lame
    I use to say that
    and I am so stoked
    and I never heard anyone say that is choice

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