'80s Vocabulary Quiz

By: Talin Vartanian
Estimated Completion Time
5 min
'80s Vocabulary Quiz
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About This Quiz

A variety of slang words and phrases were popular in the '80s and were used to describe feelings, emotions and situations. Some of these slang words were meant to insult someone, while others were meant as compliments. Let's take a look at some of these popular '80s slang words.

"Lame" was one of the most popular slang words during the 1980s and was used to describe something that was uncool in nature. An example of this word in a sentence would be, "Your haircut is so lame." Another word that was used to insult or dismiss someone was "kick rocks." This phrase was synonymous with "get out of here; I don't want to talk to you anymore."

Here are some phrases that were synonymous with the words cool/great: bombdigity, choice, butters, and crunk. For example, "This burger is bombdigity" means that the burger is really good. Or how about, "This rave is crunk," which means that the rave is cool and awesome.

This quiz is a compilation of 35 slang words and phrases from the 1980s that will test your knowledge!  Do you think you can blast to the past by scoring at least 90 percent on this quiz? Try it now to find out!

If I tell someone that they're a "couch potato," what does that refer to?
Someone who spills food a lot
Someone who stays at home and watches TV all day
Someone who is lazy, or stays at home and watches TV all day, might be referred to as a "couch potato." For example, "Bob has been such a couch potato since he lost his job."
Someone who gets lost easily
Someone who is never home

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To "jet" from a party means to ...
Leave the party
Another word for "leaving" a party or a situation is to "jet." For example, "I gotta jet. I'm already 20 minutes late!"
Stay at the party
Dance at the party
Order a round of drinks

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If you tell me to "take a chill pill," what does that mean?
You want me to become more rambunctious.
You want me to lower my voice.
You want me to take prescription medication.
You want me to relax.
Another way of saying "calm down," or "relax" is to tell someone to "take a chill pill." For example, "Steve, take a chill pill; you're being too anxious right now."

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If I tell you to "cool out," what does that mean?
You need to relax.
You might tell someone to "cool out" if they need to relax or calm down. For example, "Nathan, chill out. You're acting so rude right now."
You're a really nice person.
You are too cold in body temperature.
You spilled food on yourself.

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If something is "hip," what does that mean?
Something is outdated.
The item in question should be worn on the hips.
Something is trendy.
A trendy item was called "hip" in the '80s. For instance, "Those shoes are so hip!"
Something is uncool.

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Metal music fans who "banged" their heads with the music were called ...
Burn outs
Head bangers
"Head bangers" was an '80s term that referred to metal music fans who "banged" their heads with the beat of the music. This often involves quick nodding of the head.
Salty
Crazy

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To "dis" someone means to ...
Give a gift to someone
Show respect for someone
Insult someone
To disrespect, or "dis" someone means to insult them. For example, "Dude, did you see how Bob dissed George. So uncool!"
Act unprofessional

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If you want someone to "get real" about something, what does that mean?
You want them to think about something realistically.
If you want someone to think about something or someone in a realistic manner, you might tell them to "get real." For example, "Jason, you can't be jobless for the rest of your life; get real!"
You want them to stop losing things.
You like their way of thinking.
You want someone to stop spilling food and drinks.

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To what does the word "jock" refer?
Someone who makes stupid decisions
An unpopular person in school
An athlete who participates in multiple sports
A jock is someone who participates in multiple sports (typically in a school setting). They were also considered "cool" and "popular" types of people.
A very intelligent person

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If you do something stupid and I call you an "airhead," what does that mean?
I'm calling you an idiot.
Someone who is an airhead is someone who is not very smart, and they are considered to be an "idiot" by the person who called them this insult. For example, "Steve, you were such an airhead during that football game!"
I'm saying you're smart.
I'm saying that there​ is something medically wrong with your head.
I'm saying that you seem lost.

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If a burger was "bombdigity," it means that the burger was ...
Terrible
Undercooked
Great
A great burger, food item or situation was called "bombdigity" in the '80s. For example, "Your shoes are bombdigity!"
Old

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Another way of saying "favorite" is ...
Fashionable
Fabulous
Fave
"Fave" is a shortened way of saying "favorite," and was prominently used as slang in the '80s. For example, "Jessica, what's your fave outfit in your closet?"
Fantastic

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To "bounce" from a situation means to ...
Leave a situation
To bounce from a situation means to leave a situation. For example, "This party is dumb; let's bounce."
Stay at the current situation
Resolve the current situation
Bounce a ball

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If someone is "down" to go to the party, what does that mean?
They agree to go to the party.
To be "down" for something means that you want to go to the place in question. For example, "Hey, Dan, do you want to go to my graduation next week?" "Yes, I'm down!"
They don't want to go to the party.
They are going to be late to the party.
They are feeling under-the-weather.

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If I say "this chicken is choice!" what does that mean?
This chicken is really good.
Food that is referred to as "choice" means that the food is tasty. It also refers to something that is cool, like an outfit or a hairstyle.
This chicken is of "choice" quality.
This chicken tastes rancid.
This chicken is not brand-name.

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If someone is acting crazy or ridiculous, you might tell them they are ...
Brand new
Buggin'
If someone is "buggin'," it means they are acting ridiculous or crazy in a situation. For instance, "Dude, quit buggin' out; you're going to be fine!"
Below average
Bunk

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If you want someone to get away from you (in an insulting manner), you might say ...
Please, leave
Stay
We'll catch up later
Kick rocks
If you want someone to get away from you, you might tell them to "kick rocks." For example, "Joe, you're being annoying. Go kick rocks."

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You might call someone a "dexter" if they are ...
Thoughtful
Not intelligent
Intelligent
Someone who is intelligent or a "nerd" in school might have been called a "dexter" in the '80s. For example, "George is such a dexter."
Brave

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If someone is acting ridiculous, you might say they are ...
Silly
Below average
Juiced
A "juiced" person is someone who acts ridiculous or rambunctious in nature. For example, "Steve, stop acting so juiced, you're embarrassing yourself."
Calm

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Another phrase for "duh" is ...
Doi
"Doi" is another word for "duh." For example, "This is how you solve the puzzle, Sarah." "Doi! Why didn't I think of that?"
You're right.
Yes, sir
I'm not feeling good.

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If this party is "crunk," what does that mean?
There are a lot of drinks at this party.
This party is lame.
This party is awesome.
If a situation is "crunk," it means that it's awesome or cool in nature. It can also refer to other types of formal events. For example, "This wedding is crunk!"
There are many people at this party.

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The mullet hairstyle in the '80s was also referred to as a ...
Shaggy
Up-do
Scruffy
Hairdog
Someone who wore a mullet hairstyle was most likely called a "hairdog" in the '80s. For example, "Adam is such a hairdog with that mullet cut!"

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If I tell you to "bag your face," what does that mean?
Lower your voice a little.
Keep talking more.
Shut your mouth!
If I tell you to "bag your face," it means that I want you to shut your mouth. For example, "Bob, you're being obnoxious. Bag your face!"
Their is a bag on your face.

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If a situation is not great, you might call it a ...
Bulk
Burn
Bunk
If a situation is "bunk," it means that it's not a great situation. For example, "Ugh, I have to work tomorrow. That is so bunk!"
Burn out

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If I ask you, "can you relate?" what am I asking you?
I don't think you understand what I'm saying.
Are you related to me?
Can you empathize with me?
Wanting empathy is mutual with the phrase "can you relate?" For example, "Ugh, my boyfriend just broke up with me and it's been really hard. Can you relate?"
Can you talk louder?

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If something is "flash," what does that mean?
Something is bright.
Something is cool.
The word "flash" refers to something or someone that is cool and awesome. For example, "Your hairstyle is so flash today!"
Something is fast.
Something is outdated.

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If something or someone is really cool, they are referred to as ...
Above average
Average
Idiot
Boss
If someone is "boss," it means they are really cool. For example, "That shirt is boss," or "Dude, your speech was so boss."

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To _______ someone means to insult them.
Burn
To burn someone means to insult them. For example, "Steve your head looks like a ping pong ball." "Wow, you just burned him bad."
Poke
Salt
Bunk

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If I say that shirt is "butters," what does that mean?
There is butter on your shirt.
It looks rough in texture.
It looks ugly.
It looks cool.
If something or someone is referred to as "butters," it means that it's cool, or "smooth like butter." For example, "That hairstyle is butters!"

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If you want to get the "411" on someone, what does that mean?
You want to get information on someone.
To get the "411" on someone means that you want information about them. For example, "Give me the 411 on my friend, Ashley; how's she doing?"
You want to call a hotline for someone.
You need to get an item for someone.
It refers to a computer circuit component.

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To what does the word "ace" refer?
Someone who is a great car mechanic
A situation that went better than expected
A great situation, or something that went better than expected, might be referred to as an "ace." For example, "I aced that quiz yesterday!"
Something that is horrible
Someone who lost an item

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If someone is a "boho," what does that mean?
Someone who is too tan
Someone who loves the beach
Someone who hates trendy items
Someone who is a hippie or wears Bohemian-style clothes
Hippies were often called "bohos" back in the day. This also refers to someone who wore Bohemian-style clothes, which was was loose and free-flowing.

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What does the phrase "big time" mean?
It's a vocal exclamation mark that is used at the end of a sentence.
The phrase, "big time," is like a vocal exclamation mark that is used at the end of a sentence. The situation in the context could also be either good or bad. For example, "Dan, did you get fired?" "Oh yeah, big time!"
It refers to a situation that is "big" in nature.
It refers to a brand of clothing.
It refers to someone who is very funny.

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In the '80s, a "betty" referred to ...
A female who was very smart
A female who was not very smart
Someone who was named "Betty"
A female who was mean
A female who was mean in nature was often called a "betty." For instance, "Sarah is being such a betty lately!"

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Something that is uncool might be called ...
Lame
Something that is "lame" is synonymous with something that is uncool in nature. For example, "Your outfit is so lame."
Below average
Stupid
Ridiculous

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