How Well Do You Know These Stereotypical ’80s Phrases?
By: Brian Whitney
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About This Quiz
So, like, this quiz is all about totally radical '80s slang. There was a time back in the day that all of these phrases were used a lot, and everyone knew of them. The '80s were a decade that was all about Walkmans, rollerblades, mixed tapes, and Teddy Ruxpin, but it was also a time that a whole bunch of phrases appeared out of nowhere. Some of them are still used today, while others disappeared almost as fast as they came. If you used to say the words "gnarly" "not even" or "party hardy" you probably grew up in the '80s. These were times when people didn't even have smartphones, believe it or not, so they had to think of ways to keep themselves entertained.
But even if you did grow up in that decade, that doesn't mean you still have the lingo down all this time later. Time marches on, and the '80s are officially so yesterday. Who would have thought there would come a time that the '80s were almost 30 years ago? Take this quiz and tell us whether you think that this quiz is totally righteous or whether you think we're all just a bunch of wannabes.
What does it mean if something is "wicked" cool?
It's really good.
If you're on the West coast you probably don't say this word, but if you're someone that has spent time in New England, "wicked' is used all the time as a substitute for "really."
if your parents want you to get a job, and you think that's "bogus," what does that mean?
Bogus was a word originally used in the 18th century as a way to describe counterfeit money. It's still used today when talking about something that is fake, but not as much as it was used in the '80s.
You were going to go out, but you have stay home and do homework instead. How "lame" is that?
This word is still used a lot today and has held on better than many of the words from the '80s. If something is lame, it means it is bad or that it really stinks. If you missed this one, that's pretty lame.
What does Bart Simpson mean when he says "Don't have a cow"?
Don't be sad.
Don't freak out.
While this expression has been used many different times, it's most well known for being said by Bart Simpson on the long running television show, "The Simpsons." It means don't have an anxiety attack.
What was your meal like if it was totally "grody"?
Grody sounds a bit like gross and this is exactly what this word means. Anything that is grody, is nasty, disgusting, unappealing, revolting and yuck. You get the point. Being grody is not a good thing.
If you had a lunch that was totally "gnarly" how good do you think it was?
If something is gnarly it means it is pretty awesome. But every once in a while, it means something difficult. But either way, something that is gnarly is almost always something that is pretty extreme.
What kind of person might say "Gag me with a spoon"?
While many people might not remember them now, back in the day, there was a whole subculture of young women who were known as Valley girls. And they said things like "Gag with me a spoon." How charming.
Where did you hear "Clap on, clap off" for the first time?
It was a song.
It was a TV commercial.
Some of the television commercials were very bad back in the day and one of the absolute worst was the commercial for "The Clapper." Or maybe it was actually good, since we are still talking about it now.