90s Vocabulary Quiz

By: Talin Vartanian
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
90s Vocabulary Quiz
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About This Quiz

The '90s were a time of fanny packs, gel pens, Warheads candy and Silly Putty toys. This era was also rich in slang words and phrases that emphasized interests, people and personality traits.

Let's take a look at some of these common phrases that were used in the '90s. If someone is "straight edge," it means that the person is sober and doesn't partake in drinking or drug activities. Other words were used to emphasize certain adjectives. "Super" is an example of this, and was often used to say the following: "That movie was super cool" or "That party was super lame."

Some phrases were also used as shortened variations of other words. "Ah girl," "Sup" and "Sup, B" were all examples of this, and were mainly used as informal greetings. Other phrases were made popular by the movie "Clueless," such as the phrase "as if."

This '90s vocabulary quiz is filled with 35 questions regarding some of the most popular slang words during this era. If you can guess what phrases like "back in the day" and "chinny" means, then you're sure to pass this quiz with flying colors. Try it now to see how well you can do!


Which of the following phrases is synonymous with the word "ugly?"
Oogly
"Oogly" was commonly used during the '90s as a way of expressing distaste for someone else's appearance. For example, "Eww, that new kid is so oogly."
OG
Phat
Pigeon

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Which of these phrases is another way of saying "bye?"
Murkin'
Peace out
Back in the '90s, "peace out" was commonly used as an informal way of saying "bye." For instance, "Peace out, man, I'll see you tomorrow."
Lay off
How's it hangin'?

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If someone has a lot of "bills and coin," what does that mean?
They have too many house bills.
They have a lot of money.
"Bills and coin" is another way of saying "money." So if someone has a lot of "bills and coin," it means they're rich or wealthy at the moment.
They have too much homework.
They have a lot of chores to do.

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Which of these phrases is used to encourage others?
Sup?
Dang it!
You go!
"You go" is an informal way to encourage or motivate friends and family. It's also used to highlight another person's accomplishments. For example, "Wow, you got a 100% on that test? You go, girl!"
You straight?

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What is the meaning of the word "yo?"
Bye
How are you?
I gotta go
Hey
An informal way of greeting a friend is by saying "yo." For instance, "Yo, what's up, you wanna hang out later?"

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If you want someone to "step off," what does that mean?
You want someone to step down from their authoritative position.
You want to hang out with someone.
You want someone to lower their voice.
You want someone to stop bothering you.
If someone is annoying or bothering you, you'll likely tell them to "step off." For instance, "Step off, Matt, you're being so annoying right now!"

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If something is "straight," that means that it's…?
Calm
False
True
Aside from being "true," "straight" can also be used to agree with someone. For example, "Hey, you all right with going to the mall later?" "Yeah, that's straight."
Crazy

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A person who likes to be a show-off is called a…?
Shooter
A "shooter" is someone who likes to be a show-off. For instance, "Ugh, look at that girl copying our outfits from last week. What a shooter."
Shady
Scrub
Po po

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Which of these phrases is used to express happiness?
Morph
Score
"Score" is used to express happiness in a situation, as well as promoting one's accomplishments. For example, "Score! I got into Harvard University!"
Murk
Ice

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If someone was tricked or fooled, they have been…?
Ganked
Flossin'
Chillin'
Punked
Aside from being a TV show in the early '2000s, "punked" was also used to describe someone who was fooled or tricked. For example, "Dang, man, you just got punked big time!"

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What is the meaning of the phrase "quit icing my grill?"
Stop giving me the cold shoulder.
Stop saying bad things about me.
When someone insults another person in front of them, the other person may feel embarrassed and say, "quit icing my grill." For example, "Quit icing my grill in front of all these people, man."
Stop running so late all the time.
Stop damaging my meat grill.

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If something is "off the heezy," what does that mean?
It's another way of saying "unique."
If something is "off the heezy," that means that it's different or unique. For example, "I've never been to a party like that. That was off the heezy!"
It's another way of saying "lame."
It's another way of saying "confused."
It refers to an object's large size.

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Which of these phrases is used to express feeling proud of someone?
Nice!
If you want to express feeling proud of someone else, you might use the phrase "nice!" For instance, "Wow, Jeff, you passed AP History? Nice!"
Home skillet
Going postal
Ghetto

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If I say "Your outfit looks so fly," what do I mean?
Your outfit looks out-of-date.
Your outfit looks good.
If someone's outfit is "fly," it means that the outfit looks good. Another instance of "fly" includes the following: "That concert was so fly," which means that the concert was awesome.
Your outfit looks cheap.
Your outfit is comprised of mismatched colors.

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If someone is "fine," what does that mean?
Someone is always running late.
Someone is physically attractive.
If someone is "fine," that means that the person looks physically attractive or beautiful. For example, "That guy is so fine, I want to date him."
Someone is emotionally intelligent.
Someone is kind in personality.

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What is the meaning of the phrase "freak out?"
To be confused in a situation
To be clever in a situation
To act wild or crazy in a situation
To act wild or crazy in a situation means to "freak out." For example, "Matt freaked out when he found out that his girlfriend dumped him."
To act calm in a situation

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What does "FYI" stand for?
For your internet
For your intelligence
For your intuition
For your information
FYI stands for "for your information" and is often used in a sarcastic manner. For example, "FYI, I could care less about you dating Brad."

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If I don't want you to talk about a sensitive topic, what will I say?
D*** skippy
Don't go there
If I don't want you to talk about a sensitive topic, I will most likely say the phrase "don't go there!" For example, "Don't go there, Stacy, you know I hate talking about my ex-boyfriends."
You straight
Yoink

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Someone's "crib" refers to their…?
Home
Someone's "crib" refers to their home or living situation. For instance, "Hey, man, can I come to your crib tonight?"
Car
Financial situation
Food in the fridge

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A "chick flick" refers to which type of movie?
Horror
Romantic comedy
"Chick flicks" refer to romantic comedies and was used in the '90s to stereotype the film interests of women. For instance, "No, Sarah, I don't want to watch another chick flick with you!"
Drama
Documentary

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If someone is loaded with "cheddar," they are loaded with…?
Money
"Cheddar" is another way of saying "money." For instance, "Man, I got paid yesterday, and now I have a lot of cheddar to spend!"
Homework
Cheese
After-school clubs

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If someone is "bunked," they are acting…?
Humorous
Perplexed
Crazy/wild
"Bunked" is another way of saying that someone is acting crazy or wild. For instance, "Let's take Josh home from this party. He's been acting so bunked from all those drinks."
Relaxed

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If you want to emphasize being correct in a situation, which of these phrases would you use?
Bling-bling
Buzz kill
Booya
"Booya" is often used to emphasize being correct in a situation. For example, "Booya! I told you the Eagles would win the Super Bowl!"
Slammin'

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If I am "slammin'" this homework, what do I mean?
My dog ate my homework.
I'm completing this homework at a rapid rate.
When someone is "slammin'" a task, that means that they are completing it quickly and efficiently. Another example would be, "I've been slammin' these drinks since noon!"
I'm not doing very well on this homework.
I've lost my homework.

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Which of these words is synonymous with "awful?"
Ice
Brutal
"Brutal" is used to describe something that is awful or really bad in nature. For instance, "Man, this party is brutal, let's leave now."
Punked
Salty

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"Po-po" is a shortened way of saying…?
Potatoes
Phone
Pores (on the face)
Police
"Po-po" is a shortened way of saying police. For instance, "Let's run from this party, man, the po-po is here!"

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"So" is another way of saying…?
No
Very
In the '90s, "so" was used often to replace the word "very." For instance, "Those shoes are so '70s."
Yes
And

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If someone is "throwed" at a party, what does that mean?
The person is yelling.
The person is dancing quite a bit.
The person is sober.
The person is drunk.
"Throwed" is another way of saying that someone is drunk. For instance, "Matt got so throwed at that party last night."

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What does "TMI" stand for?
Too much information
If someone gives you too many details on a subject that make you uncomfortable, you might say "TMI!" For instance, "TMI! I don't want to know what happens during pregnancy!"
Too much ice cream
Too many inquiries
Too much involvement

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What does a "throw down" refer to?
A church choir
A study group
A party
A brawl
A "throw down" refers to a brawl between two or more people. For example, "Hey, are you going to go to that throw down at two p.m. at the playground?"

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What does it mean if someone is a "hater?"
It means that someone is very opinionated.
It means that someone is always confused.
It means that someone dislikes too many things.
When someone dislikes or hates too many things, they are often referred to as a "hater." For example, "I'm not friends with Stacy anymore, she's been such a hater lately."
It means that someone enjoys a lot of things.

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If you want to dismiss what someone is saying, which of the following would you say?
Not so much
Talk to the hand
"Talk to the hand" is a way of dismissing someone and ending the conversation. For instance, "Talk to the hand, I don't care what you're saying anymore."
That is clean
Jack you up

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What does the word "ice" refer to?
Someone who is being mean
Flashy jewelry
"Ice" actually refers to jewelry that is flashy in nature. For example, "Man, look at all that ice on that guy's neck. He must be rich."
Something that is warm to the touch
Something that is cheap

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A "homeslice" is your…?
Spouse
Teacher
Friend
A friend or buddy is often referred to as a "homeslice." For example, "What's up, homeslice, you wanna hang out tomorrow?"
Enemy

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What does it mean if someone is "going postal?"
It means that someone is being intelligent.
It means that someone is acting wild.
To act wild or crazy means to "go postal." For instance, "Sue has been going postal lately, I don't know what's up with her."
It means that someone is switching to an auto-pay service.
It means that someone is going vegan.

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