Can You Pass This Gen X Slang Test?

By: Brian Whitney
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
Can You Pass This Gen X Slang Test?
Image: drbimages / E+ / Getty Images

About This Quiz

Gen X is the generation wedged in between the baby boomers and the millennials. Some people think that Generation X is the coolest generation going, while others aren't quite such big fans of people in this age group. No matter what you think of the actual generation, you have to admit that their slang was the absolute best. A lot of this slang has gone by the wayside, never to be heard again. I mean, when's the last time you heard someone say, "Talk to the hand"? But a whole lot of this slang is still around today. If you know it, then you have some instant street cred with people of all ages, and if you don't, well ...

What's your knowledge of Generation X slang? Because you know back in the day all Gen X slang was bangin'. Are you down with knowing the definitions of "trippin'," "schwing," "dope," "fly," "peace out," "punked," "score" and many more? If so, then "word." 

So, dude, what are you waiting for? Are you ready to get crackalackin' and take this quiz and show off your totally radical knowledge of Gen X slang? Sweet! If you do well, then feel free to say, "booyah."

If someone tells a woman, "You go, girl," what are they trying to do?
Insult them
Flatter them
Impress them
Encourage them
"You go, girl" is either meant as encouragement to say that someone can do something, or it is meant as agreement. This phrase was probably first said by the comedian Martin Lawrence, on his show "Martin."

Advertisement

Someone that yells "yoink" is probably doing what?
Dancing
Stealing something in a jokey way
The slang word "yoink" is exclaimed when someone steals something. Of course, that's only when the theft is a joke - real thieves rarely yell "yoink" at the top of their lungs.
Fighting
Getting ready to leave

Advertisement

What is another way to say, "yadda yadda yadda"?
Etcetera
"Yadda yadda yadda" has been used for a long time as a phrase that means meaningless chatter, but it really took off during the Generation X years. It isn't used as an insult, but just for fun.
Umm
Wow
Oh

Advertisement

In '90s slang, if someone says "word" after someone else speaks, what are they doing?
Disagreeing
Agreeing
The phrase "word" originally came from saying that your word is your bond, and it was shortened to just "word." If you say this, it means you're in complete agreement with whatever is going on.
Showing excitement
Laughing

Advertisement

If someone was "wigging out" in class, what was that person doing?
Talking too much
Going nuts
Back in the day when men wore wigs, they potentially fell off in a fight, which is where the common phrase "flip your wig" came from. "Wigging out" is a variation of this older slang.
Flirting
Rapping

Advertisement

If you call your girlfriend your "wifey," what are you saying?
You are going to dump her.
She is a nag.
You're going on a date.
You're in a serious relationship.
While your wife is always your wife, you aren't necessarily married to your "wifey." This word just means that you're in a serious relationship with a woman, and she's always there for you.

Advertisement

In what part of the country do those in Generation X use the word "wicked" to describe something that's not evil?
South
Northeast
No matter what generation you're in, you may not hear the word "wicked" used to mean "cool" in most parts of the country. But if you're a Gen X New Englander and you like something, you might call it "wicked cool."
Northwest
Midwest

Advertisement

If an emo band is "wack," what are they?
Awful
This word has been around for a long time, as in saying that something is "out of whack" or not quite right. Gen X shortened this to just "wack" with no H, describing something is bad, awful or just generally not good.
Amazing
Not bad
Pretty good

Advertisement

What does it mean if someone gets a "vibe"?
Anger
Fear
Intuition
While the word "vibe" has been around for a very long time, it really got popular with the Generation X crew. You can have a good vibe, a bad vibe or really any kind of vibe you want.
Hysteria

Advertisement

You stayed out late, and now your significant other is "trippin'." What are they doing?
Partying
Overreacting
If you're trippin', you're freaking right out. You might be losing it over nothing, or you might be losing it over something important. Either way, if you're trippin' it isn't good.
Sleeping
Making coffee

Advertisement

Some of the clothes back in the '80s and '90s were "tight." What were they?
Too small
Expensive
Stylish
If something was "tight," there was nothing bad about it. Whether it be a movie, a new jacket or a haircut, if something was tight it was good, without a doubt.
Garish

Advertisement

If a new acquaintance seems "shady," what does that mean?
They seem nice.
They seem fun.
They seem lazy.
They seem untrustworthy.
The word "shady" is fairly simple when it comes to slang. While the light lets a person see everything, whether good or bad, something that is "shady" is more in the dark, therefore untrustworthy.

Advertisement

The band TLC didn't want no "scrubs." Why not?
Scrubs are broke.
The word "scrub" was already around, but the band TLC made it blow up with one of their songs. After they sang that they didn't want no "scrubs," all sorts of people started saying it. A scrub can be a person who is broke or who just lacks skills.
Scrubs are players.
Scrubs are out of shape.
Scrubs are too good-looking.

Advertisement

Someone just gave you "props" - what are they giving you?
Recognition
This slang word means "proper respect." It is never a bad thing when someone gives you "props." This slang word was used a lot in hip-hop culture.
A cold
Money
A ride

Advertisement

If a woman has a boyfriend who is a "player," is that good?
Yes, it means he is good to her.
Yes, it means he is rich.
No, it means he is mean.
No, it means he is a cheater.
A "player" isn't just a guy that is really smooth with women, it's a guy who tends to cheat and is dishonest as well. No woman wants to be going out with a player; it never turns out well.

Advertisement

In Gen X slang, what's another word for "phat"?
Awesome
This phrase became very popular in the late '80s and early '90s, originally in hip-hop culture. It means something is really good or someone is attractive. It is a variation of the word "fat."
Awful
Huge
Small

Advertisement

If a man is carrying a "piece," what does he have?
Pizza
Money
A gun
The word "piece" became popular as Generation X slang for a gun or firearm, but this slang term has been around forever. It has been used in England for the same purpose for years.
Laundry

Advertisement

What do the initials "O.G." stand for?
Obviously gnarly
Original gangster
The slang term "O.G" stands for "original gangster," but it isn't used very often when it comes to someone who is in an actual gang. This slang term just means someone who is old school.
Oh God
Only gravy

Advertisement

If a new song is "off the hook," what is it?
Awful
Not bad
Pretty good
Awesome
For people of all ages, when you're freed from some sort of obligation you don't want to do, you're said to be "off the hook." Gen Xers take the phrase further, using it to describe pretty much anything that's good in life.

Advertisement

Someone in a group of friends is a "narc." What does that mean?
The friend is a tattle-tale.
Like lots of slang words, this one started as a real word and transformed into something a bit different. "Narc" used to describe someone who was an undercover law enforcement agent, but in Gen X slang it just means someone who will tell your secrets.
The friend is rich.
The friend is a straight edge.
The friend is mean.

Advertisement

A famous person is "keeping it real." What's he doing?
Acting cool
Being silly
Being authentic
Like many slang terms of this time, this one became almost a parody of itself and turned into a joke. Someone who is "keeping it real" is acting in a truly authentic way and not as a poser.
Acting important

Advertisement

If a woman is wearing some new "ice," what does she have?
Shoes
Pants
Jewelry
The word "ice" is usually a slang term for a diamond, but not always. It can be used for any sort of jewelry that looks like it might be expensive, even if it isn't.
A swimsuit

Advertisement

Bill is your "homie," so what is he to you?
My enemy
My teacher
My good friend
This is a take-off on the slang term "homeboy." A "homie" originally described someone's good friend from the same hometown, but later came to mean any good friend.
My uncle

Advertisement

In '90s slang, what's your "hood"?
Your school
Your work
Where you live
The word "hood," sometimes spelled "'hood," is just a shorter way of saying "neighborhood." But like other Generation X slang, it just sounds so much cooler. This phrase is still used sometimes.
Where you hang out

Advertisement

Which of these choices is most similar to the slang word "hella"?
Kind of
Very
The word "hella" was used way more on the West Coast than the East Coast, where it never really caught on. It basically means "very." For example, someone could say, "That taco was hella good."
Might be
Not even

Advertisement

In Gen X slang, what is "grindage"?
A car
Food
This phrase was used a lot by the comedian Pauly Shore, who also was known as "The Weasel." "Grindage" means any sort of food that is good; it comes from the thought of teeth grinding down food.
Money
A job

Advertisement

If you think that someone you just met is "frontin'," how are they acting?
Funny
Normal
Fake
If someone is "frontin'," they're just being fake to you. In other words, they're trying to show you something to your front that they wouldn't be showing behind your back.
Weird

Advertisement

If you're "fiending" for pizza, what are you doing?
Avoiding it
Eating it
Feeling disgusted by it
Craving it
If you are really dying for something, you're "fiending" for it. You could be fiending for a burrito, or you could be fiending to play World of Warcraft because you have a big raid to do.

Advertisement

Two people are "dissing" each other in a conversation - what are they doing?
Complimenting each other
Joking around
Insulting each other
If you're "dissing" someone, you're being rude or blowing them off - basically not being nice. This one seems complicated, but it really is just a shortening of the word "disrespecting."
Flirting

Advertisement

You're at a party, and you decide to "dip." What did you do?
Eat
Dance
Tell a joke
Leave
The word "dip" is used in a few different ways. One is for chewing tobacco, but that isn't a Gen X thing at all, because dip is nasty. In Gen X slang, if you decide to leave an event, you decide to "dip."

Advertisement

A player just "clowned" his coach during a timeout. What did he do?
Listened to him
Made him laugh
Made fun of him
While there are a lot of people that simply don't like clowns, the point is that clowns are supposed to make people laugh. "Clowning" just means to make fun of something, either in a joking way or as an insult.
Backed him up

Advertisement

What are you making if you're making "cheddar"?
Cheese
Bread
Money
There are all sorts of slang words for money, like "bread," "dough" and "cheese" - and "cheddar." Maybe all of these food-related words stand for money because back in the day all people had was bread and cheese to eat.
Furniture

Advertisement

Someone who is uncomfortable in a social situation might "bounce." What would they be doing?
Jumping up and down
Yelling
Leaving
When a ball bounces, it might go in any direction and wind up anywhere. If a person is going to "bounce," they're going someplace else.
Arguing

Advertisement

If a used car is a "beater," how good might it be?
Really good
Kind of good
Not very good
Not good at all
When someone buys a really bad car, the thought is that at least they don't have to take good care of it and no one will try to steal it. This is true with a car that is all beat up. In other words, an old car in bad shape is a "beater."

Advertisement

A new burrito place just opened up, and it's "the bomb." What is it like?
It's totally amazing.
In most cases, something that is a "bomb" wouldn't be good, but that's what's so funny about slang: sometimes a word takes on its opposite meaning. If something is blowing up like a bomb, then it's a good thing for sure.
It's busy.
It's really bad.
It's dull.

Advertisement

You Got:
/35
Featured