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Want to play backseat bingo with that classy chassis that sits behind you in math? Throw a few keen words their way to really razz their berries.
Translation: Want to mack on that hottie from math? Impress them with your kick ass vocab skillz.
Slang is a root of pop culture. There are hundreds of different types of slanguage, but youth slang is the most common. Single words are able to define an entire decade. Chunks of America’s past are summed up with words like ducky, tubular, off da heezy, etc. But where do these seeds of wordage come from?
Music, movies, and (most recently) the Internet influence and birth slang constantly. For example, to be hacked in the fifties meant to be punished or grounded. Today it is the computer equivalent to a forced entry. The Internet influence is dwarfed by the shadow of the music world. The Jazz Age, The Age of Aquarius, and the Era of Eminem have all spawned their own lingo.
We hear the words on a daily basis, but that doesn’t mean they are available for everyone’s use. There are unspoken rules when it comes to the world of slang:
1. People over the age of forty cannot pull off the “izzle” thing.
2. If you can’t explain what it means in plain English, you shouldn’t say it.
3. Very, very few middle-class white kids can successfully speak in ghetto-ese. Most who attempt look foolish.
4. Stay current. What was da bomb five years ago is not supafly today.
Word to your mother.
Think you know your slang? Take our Slanguage Quiz and find where you rank in the world of colloquial speech.
1. A Melvin is:
a. a stud
b. a 50’s hotrod
c. a wedgie
2. Bling bling is:
a. gaudy jewelry
b. a skanky girl
c. a type of dishwasher detergent that makes glasses sparkle
3. If you lose badly at something, you are:
b. a hep cat
c. crusin’ for a bruisin’
4. Hit and Miss in Cockney Slang means:
a. getting dumped
c. catch nothing while fishing
5. A rude nickname for a disco-diva is:
6. To agitate the gravel is to:
a. get bus-ay with a member of the opposite sex
b. take a fashion risk, like wearing stripes and plaid at the same time.
c. to take your leave
7. LOLROTFLMAO means:
a. my cat is sleeping on the keyboard
b. I’m laughing
c. I’m having a seizure
8. Gutt Waddin’ is:
a. beating up nerds (i.e., punching them in the gut repeatedly)
b. binging on fast food
c. leaves/debris that clog house gutter in the fall
9. If you are straight up frontin’, you are:
a. dressing like a skank
b. pulling off a difficult skateboarding trick
c. misrepresenting yourself
10. If something is grody to the max, it is:
b. gag-me-with-a-spoon nasty
c. unfair and unfortunate
answers: 1.c., 2.b., 3.a., 4.b., 5.a., 6.c., 7.b., 8.b., 9.c., 10.b.,
If you got 0-3 correct, you are a FLAKE!
(60s slang for a useless loser)
That was a little lame. But don’t flip your wig, there is always hope. Check out www.urbandictionary.com and try to redeem yourself.
If you got 4-7 correct, you are SOLID.
(70s slang for pretty cool)
You scored pretty okay. Still, to avoid becoming a jive turkey, you might want to brush up on the more obscure slanguage, like trucker slang, ten-four pron.
If you got 8-10 correct, you are TUBULAR TO THE MAX!
(80s slang for mega-awesome)
Your grasp of slang is truly bogus. Pysch! Actually, your extensive knowledge of informal speech is rad, fer shure.
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Slang, English language in England, Sociolinguistics, Youth culture, Jazz, Bling-bling, Rhyming slang, Bling Bling, Bingo
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