The Ultimate '80s Slang Quiz

By: Ryan Choate
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
What is the name of the portable music player common in the '80s?
Boom Box
A large portable music player is referred to as a boom box. It often contained double cassette players to dub or record music.
Discman
CD Player
Portable radio

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If you came upon something that was particularly gross, what phrase might you say?
Barf me out!
A common slang term for something gross or disgusting is to exclaim, "Barf me out!" Other terms might be grody to the max or gag me with a spoon.
Just say no.
Say what?
Righteous

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How would you describe someone who wants to be with the in-crowd?
Poser
Someone who wants to be popular and with the in-crowd is often called a poser. A poser will dress like the popular kids in hopes of gaining status in a group.
Preppy
Stud
Spaz

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Which '80s movie made the phrase, "I'll be back" famous?
Robocop
The Terminator
The classic futuristic movie, "The Terminator," gave us the famous phrase, "I'll be back." Star Arnold Schwarzenegger was an action star with a noticeable accent as he hailed from Austria. The phrase is synonymous with the movie and used in a variety of ways in modern pop culture.
Die Hard
Blade Runner

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Which of the following terms was actually coined in the '60s but made famous by a TV character in the '80s?
What's your bag, man?
Don't have a cow.
"The Simpsons" is an animated show that started in 1989. The character Bart Simpson famously uses the term, "Don't have a cow" when he wants someone to relax.
That's a drag.
Can you dig it?

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How would you describe a nerdy person in the '80s?
Jock
Goth
Dweeb
There are many terms that refer to a nerdy person. Dweeb is a particularly popular term. Other terms might be geek or doofus.
Basketcase

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If someone directed an insult at you, what could you say as a comeback?
So generic
Your momma
Your momma was a comeback that could be used when someone insulted you. This could also be returned with a series of jokes based on the weight of one's momma.
As if
Nice play, Shakespeare

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What would be some advice you would give to someone who needs to relax?
Take a chill pill.
When people are spazzing out, a friend might tell them to take a chill pill. While not an actual pill, this was a popular way to calm down a friend in distress.
Eat my shorts.
Party hardy
Did I do that?

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What term would you use to describe someone who is into heavy metal music?
Preppy
Mod
Headbanger
People in the '80s who listened to heavy metal music were referred to as Headbangers. These individuals often smoked cigarettes, grew long hair and banged their heads to loud music such as Quiet Riot.
Glam Jock

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This classic slang phrase is used to ask what may be wrong with a person.
Whatchu talkin' about?
What's your damage?
When someone suspects there may be something wrong with a friend they may ask, "What's your damage?" This can also be used with a stranger to assess an unsavory situation.
Say what?
Where's the beef?

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What phrase might someone utter when they want a person to shut up?
Not even
Piss off
Bag your face
Used in the classic movie, "Valley Girl" the term, bag your face means to shut up. This does not refer to the actual suffocation one might assume from an actual bag over the face.
Zip it

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Someone who screwed up or failed at something completely might hear which term?
Smooth move, Ex-Lax
If you screw up, your buddy might say "Smooth move, Ex-Lax." It is in reference to the constipation medication by the same name.
In another life
Way to go, dummy
Good one

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What is a dance style typically associated with punk rock or hardcore music?
Spazzing
Moshing
A form of dancing that involves slamming into other concert goers in an aggressive matter is called moshing. Moshing is typically associated with punk and heavy metal music.
Dougie
Ralphing

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Which fast food restaurant gave us the famous '80s catchphrase, "Where's the beef?"
Wendy's
A commercial in the '80s for Wendy's famously coined the expression, "Where's the beef?" The commercial became a sensation and is still synonymous with Wendy's.
Carl's Jr.
Arby's
Burger King

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If I was referring to a person as a nerd or geek, what term might I use?
Noid
A more obscure way to refer to a person as a geek or nerd is also noid. The term was used in the movie "Valley Girl."
Drag
Sosh
Greaser

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In the movie "Fast Times At Ridgemont High" how does the surfer character, Jeff Spicoli, describe waves?
Heavy
Monster
Clean
Tasty
Spicoli describes waves as tasty. He is describing a perfect scenario for himself which also includes a cool buzz.

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You just spotted a good looking guy/girl in the park. How might you describe them?
Hellacious
Righteous
Bad to the bone
Bodacious
The term bodacious can be used to describe someone who you are attracted to. This can be used by either sex.

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If you are overly excited, someone might say that you are what?
Posing
An airhead
Spazzing
Someone who is overly excited might be spazzing, or spazzing out. The term can refer to someone who is a bundle of nerves or a nervous wreck.
A bimbette

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If you need to get out of a situation in a hurry, you might do what?
Get crackin'
Peel out
Motor
When you need to take off quick, you might say it is time to motor. The term simply refers to getting to a place or from a place in a quick manner.
Jam down the road

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If you disagree with something or believe that it's wrong, you might declare it what?
Unsavory
Bogus
Bogus became a popular way to describe something as wrong or unbelievable. It can also describe something that is fake or counterfeit.
Grody
Tubular

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What is a term that refers to a cool or popular person?
Preppie
A preppie is someone who is associated with a prep school look. They appear to have money and dress in sweaters, loafers and collared shirts. Sometimes referred to as snobs.
Yuppie
Dweeby
Cheesy

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If something is beyond awesome, how might you describe it?
Cool
Rad
Tubular
Trippendicular
Awesome can be one-upped with the term trippendicular. This describes something next level. It can also be used in conjunction with something that is totally amazing.

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If you want to give someone praise for being correct, you might say what?
Cool beans!
Yeah, that's the ticket!
Usually, this is an indication that an explanation was just created. It originated from a "Saturday Night Live" sketch with Jon Lovitz who was a habitual liar in the sketch.
Okay dokay!
For shizzle my nizzle!

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Which '80s movie character might you call someone who was a nerd?
Mickey
McLovin
McFly
In the movie, "Back To The Future" the main character's last name is McFly. When he goes back in time he sees his father is a nerd and gets bullied in school. Thus the term McFly for a nerdy person.
McSwain

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What suffix phrase was added to '80s slang terms in order to magnify the effect of a word?
Out the door
Out the door was a common suffix phrase to add an additional amount of exaggeration to a term Example: "Gag me out the door" or "Gross me out the door."
Off the rails
Down the road
Up a creek

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How would you define the term radical?
Something nerdy
Extremely hip and cool
Something that is extremely hip and cool can be radical. This term is closely related to awesome, tubular and righteous.
Something that is mellow
A quiet place

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Of the following definitions, which best describes the word bad as it was used in the '80s?
Unsatisfactory
It's good
Bad was a term used in the '80s to describe something that was good. It can also refer to a person who is a little mysterious and dangerous.
It's average
I can't stand it

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Another term for a pair of shoes is what?
Digs
Kicks
Kicks is a slang term for shoes. It can refer to any type of shoe or sneaker. This term is still popular today.
Sleds
Flops

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What movie from the '80s does the term, "Say hello to my little friend" refer to?
Platoon
Top Gun
Robocop
Scarface
In the movie "Scarface," the main character of Tony Montana finds himself barricaded in his house. He exclaims, "Say hello to my little friend" referring to a gun, before he blasts through the closed doors.

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Who uttered the phrase, "I pity the fool" in an '80s TV show?
Michael Knight
Mr. T
Mr. T uttered the phrase on his TV show "The A-Team." He played B.A. and had several catchphrases that outlasted the show.
Mr. Roper
Sledge Hammer

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What is the definition of the word gnarly?
A person who is nerdy
A bad boy
Cool and excellent, beyond rad
Gnarly can mean something that is extreme, cool and beyond rad. It is used in the same vein as awesome.
Difficult and dangerous

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Which utensil is commonly used to gag one's self when finding something gross?
Tongs
Can opener
Spatula
Spoon
Gag me with a spoon is a common term used in the '80s to describe something that is gross. It can also be synonymous with barf me out the door.

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The term "duh" or "no duh" can be used to do what?
Express dislike
Express bewilderment
Tell someone to shut up
Say something is obvious
If a person wants to make sure that something seems very obvious, they may say "duh" or "no duh." This makes sure that the other person knows they are way ahead of them.

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What are you doing if you use the term psyche?
Saying someone is dumb
Faking someone out
Psyche can be used to fake someone out or express a vibe that you are just kidding or joking around. Not always directly related to the word psychology.
Giving psychological advice
Express dislike

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What does the word "righteous" mean in '80s slang?
Something expensive
Out of this world
If something is righteous, that means it is out of this world and totally cool. The term can be used to refer to anything like food and experience.
A person full of themselves
Very extreme

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