Do you have a tendency to sip or spill the tea? Maybe you met someone and caught feelings. Has anyone ever said you are a G.O.A.T.? If so, you should be flattered. These are just a few of the 2019 slang terms I’ve heard from my grandkids. I will translate before continuing. Spilling the tea means to gossip. Sipping tea is keeping things to yourself. When you realize you like someone you’ve caught feelings. G.O.A.T. is used frequently in sports, but works anywhere. It means the Greatest Of All Time.
These words and phrases have become so much a part of our culture. The Merriam-Webster dictionary, for example, has added 533 new words and definitions to their dictionary this September. You’ll see words and phrases like fabulosity, vacay (short for vacation), deep state, dad joke, autogenic training (a self-relaxing technique) and so on.
I thought it would be fun to time travel backwards and get a smattering of what was popular in different eras.
1920’s: the real McCoy, 23 skidoo, cat’s pajamas, bee’s knees, hotsie totsie, moll (gangster’s girl friend, Speakeasy).
1930’s: monkey’s uncle, gig, moxie, juke joint (a casual, inexpensive establishment that had drinking, dancing and blues music), slack meaning drunk.
1940’s: fat head, bupkis (nothing) take a powder, keeping up with the Joneses, in the hot seat.
1950’s: Daddy-o, dig it, cat (a cool person), threads (clothes), pad (residence).
1960’s: The Man (someone of authority or in power), groovy, bug out, passion pit (drive-in movie), burn rubber, fink, freak out.
1970’s: far out, dig it, the real deal, dufus, gig, cool (still in use), workaholic, starting every sentence with ‘like.’
1980’s: bodacious, dweeb, gag me with a spoon, poser, duh, bad (meaning good), air head, yuppie.
1990’s. dis, booyah, as if, not, whatever, my bad.
2000- 2010: cool your jets, don’t have a cow, my bad, it’s all good, going postal.
2010 to present: binge watch, woo-woo, YOLO (you only live once),
TBH (to be honest), ghost, basic (mainstream). Undoubtedly, you have many more phrases in your memory banks. There certainly is an innumerable list from the beginning of slang usage. For now, no worries. It’s all Gucci.
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