How Well do You Know Your '90s Slang?

By: John Miller
Estimated Completion Time
3 min
How Well do You Know Your '90s Slang?
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"That's my name, don't wear it out!" The 1990s were a virtual goldmine for all manner of cultural catch phrases and lingo. How well do remember '90s slang?
If something is super cool, it is _____
Da land mine
Da bomb
"Da bomb" means something is crazy cool. "Did you see that new 'Jurassic Park' movie? It's da bomb!"
Da machine gun

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What's a "crib"?
A place where you put a baby
A house
A crib is someone's house. "Yo, how 'bout y'all come back to my crib and we'll get crunk."
A fancy car

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What does it mean if someone says, "cool beans"?
"I'll take the pintos!"
"I agree!"
"Cool beans" is a phrase of agreement. So if you ask a cute guy wearing a flannel shirt to the Nine Inch Nails concert and he says, "cool beans," you'll soon be rocking out.
"I have bad gas!"

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If someone is very long-winded in telling a story, you might repeat which word to describe them?
"Yip yip yip"
"Yoda yoda yoda"
"Yadda yadda yadda"
"OK, I get it, you met this nice girl and she told you about her Beanie Baby collection. Yadda yadda yadda."

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If you had a moment of triumph in the '90s, which expression would you use?
"Yabba dabba doo!"
"Boo-yah!"
"Boo-yah" expresses excitement. "Boo-yah! I got a "C" on my calculus quiz and scored tickets to the Alanis Morissette concert on the same day!"
"Boo-boo!"

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If someone comes to your party and then says that they have to "bounce," what does it mean?
They are going to leave
To "bounce" is to leave. "Yo, dawg, I see that you have exactly two other people here. Wild party and all, but we're going to bounce."
They are going to use your trampoline
They are going to drink tequila

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What does it mean if someone is "trippin'"?
They are stumbling around
They are acting like a fool
"Everything's cool here, man, so you can quit trippin'. Just calm down and we'll go home and play Nintendo."
They are on drugs

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If someone says "whatever," what are they most likely expressing?
Happiness
Indifference
"Oh, you don't like my new parachute pants? Whatever." "Whatever" just means that you're expressing indifference.
Extreme anger

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If someone is "buggin'" they are _____.
Freaking out
"Yo lady, your dad was buggin' when he found out you were dating that guy without his permission!" "Buggin'" means that someone is freaking out.
Eating insects
Pretending to be a spider

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True or false, if something is "phat," is it good?
true
Oh, it's good all right. It's downright great. Something that's "phat" is amazing.
false

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What's a slang word for someone who is insignificant?
Screw
Scrobble
Scrub
You don't want no "scrubs," right ladies? A scrub is someone who is, from a social standpoint, pretty insignificant.

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If the cute boy you saw at the shopping mall is "all that and a bag of chips," what does it mean?
It means that he works at Subway
It means that he's a junk food addict
It means that he's amazing
"All that and a bag of chips" means that something is completely and totally amazing. So that boy must be something special. That, or he really likes Doritos.

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What's a one-word acknowledgment that you understand?
"Vowel"
"Word"
"OK, so you grab the pizza, the Coke, and the girls and head back to my place. Got it?" "Word."
"Letter"

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What's the most likely emotional state of someone who is "clownin'"?
Depressed
Angry or crazy
Clowns are often borderline scary. So if someone is "clownin'" on someone else, it's because they're angry or maybe even crazy.
Ecstatically happy

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If something is "wicked," what is it?
It belongs to an evil wizard
Cursed
Amazing
"Wicked" is very good, indeed. "Check out the wicked rims on that Cadillac! They must be 36 inches!"

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If you purposely misdirect or mislead someone, you'd immediately follow it up with which word?
"Sordid!"
"Psyche!"
"Hey, I think this is the winning lottery ticket! You can just have it, OK? Psyche!" Then you take the lottery ticket and walk away.
"Soup!"

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If you want to express something that is very unlikely to happen, you might say _____.
"As if"
"As if" means very, unlikely or flat-out "no way." "You want to borrow my vintage Soundgarden T-shirt for the Katy Perry concert? As if!"
"As you were"
"As of"

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If you don't have time for someone's inane or confrontational nonsense, you might say what?
"Converse with my feet"
"Speak to my liver"
"Talk to the hand"
"Talk to the hand, 'cause I don't have time for this." Then you just walk away, because you don't want that weirdo literally talking to your hand, or your feet, either, for that matter.

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What does it mean if you ask, "what's the 4-1-1?"
The news
"Yo, I hear you were out with that new chick at school. What's the 4-1-1?" It means you're asking for the news or the scoop on a situation.
The police
The fire department

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If you tell someone to "step off," what are you indicating?
It's a warning
Telling someone to "step off" is a warning. "Hey, that's my girlfriend, so step off. She doesn't need your dirty paws all over her backside."
You cursed them using voodoo
You want to give them a hug

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"All" can be used in place of which other common slang word?
"Like"
"All" is frequently used in place of "like." "He got to class and he was all, you know all unshowered and unshaved. I bet he was all, like, partying all night long."
"Love"
"Pooky"

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Why would you tell your mom to "take a chill pill"?
It's her heart medication
It's a type of heavy-duty Prozac
She needs to calm down
"Mom, I was home by midnight and we were just hanging out, I promise! Take a chill pill and calm down."

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If someone says something that is blatantly obvious, you might say what as a sarcastic response?
"No duh!"
"No duh" means, "obviously," but in a sarcastic way. "You think Bill Clinton might be lying to the media? No duh!"
"Peanuts!"
"Cultural largesse!"

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If your friend is being "salty," how is she behaving?
She's sleeping
She's being funny
Angry, for no real reason
If she's being "salty," she's being kind of angry, perhaps for no really good reason. "Calm down and quit being so salty!"

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What trait does someone have if they are "fly"?
They are cool
Someone or something that is "fly" is very cool. "Check out that cute cheerleader. She's so fly!"
They are bug-eyed
They always wear a cape

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Which word might you use if you see an attractive person?
"Schwing!"
"Cindy Crawford, she's so hot! Schwing!" "Schwing" is frequently used to indicate that someone is attractive.
"Swing!"
"Swig!"

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If something is very exciting, it is "off the _____."
Wall
Hook
"Wow, did you see the new line of Beanie Babies? Oh man, they are off the hook! I'm going to buy all of them after I mortgage my house."
Pickle

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What does "hella" mean?
It's amazing
Hella means something is tremendously great. "Wow, that sandwich you just made me? It was hella tight!"
A little
Painful death

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When your buddy called you on the phone in the '90s, what did you say?
"Hello?"
"Whassup?"
Made incredibly popular by a Budweiser TV campaign, it became a catch phrase of the 90s. "Whassup" became a greeting for just about every situation.
"Is this fate...or destiny?"

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If someone "goes postal," what are they doing?
Going crazy
In the '90s, a series of post office shootings spawned a new catch phrase: "going postal." It means to go crazy, potentially with violence.
Delivering mail
Buying stamps

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