15 Slang Words From The 80s That Were Totally Awesome To The Max

The 80s were a pretty outrageous time. There were a lot of bright colors, big hair, and happy music. As with every decade, there was also an entire unique language that seemed to become popular before completely phasing out.

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We probably still use a few of these phrases to this day, but some we haven’t heard in thirty years. How many of these sound familiar to you?

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Airhead

An airhead is a way to call someone a ditz.

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Example: Jill was supposed to meet me at the Madonna concert but she forgot! She is such an airhead!

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Bodacious

Bodacious basically just means awesome or good.

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Example: Annie was surfing on some bodacious waves back there.

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Grody

Grody was a way to call something or someone gross.

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Example: I can’t believe you ate that, it was totally grody.

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Rad

Rad is a super simple one, it’s just a short form or radical which actually just means good.

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Example: Your new mullet is so rad!

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Stoked

Stoked is a fun 80s way to say excited.

Example: I’m stoked for Janey’s party tonight!

15 Slang Words From The 80s That Were Totally Awesome To The Max

Tubular

Tubular means that something is cool.

Example: Man, that was tubular!

Gag me with a Spoon

Gag me with a spoon was a way to express that you really didn’t like something.

Example: Ugh, I have to go do math homework? Gag me with a spoon.

15 Slang Words From The 80s That Were Totally Awesome To The Max
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Do you feel like you are living in the 80s again? There is still more slang that we all remember…

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Motor

Saying Motor meant that you were leaving quickly.

Example: I’ve got to motor if I want to get to the theater in time! I don’t want to miss the start of ‘Back to the Future’!

Psych

Psych had a few different meanings depending on how it was used.

1. You could say that you where ‘psyched’ to go do something which meant you were excited. Example: I am so psyched to get my perm touched up this weekend!

2. You could use it in a way that was essentially like saying ‘just kidding’. Example: The teacher told me we have a math test tomorrow…. PSYCH!

3. You could also try to ‘psych out’ someone and make them nervous. Example: The basketball team keeps trying to psych out our team, but we will totally win anyways!

Take a Chill Pill

Take a chill pill is a very 80s way to tell someone to relax.

Example: Take a chill pill, Heather, it’s going to be fine.

15 Slang Words From The 80s That Were Totally Awesome To The Max
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What’s Your Damage?

It’s just a simple change that actually means “What’s your problem?”.

Example: I can’t believe you are being so ridiculous, what’s your damage?

Where’s the Beef?

This one was born out of a commercial for Burger King that basically means that you have been ripped off.

Example: Hey, you were supposed to give me more than this! Where’s the beef!

Choice

It was a way to describe something that was extremely cool.

Example: That new 8-track is choice.

Bogus

Bogus basically means something that is either wrong of unbelievable.

Example: It’s totally bogus that my mom won’t let me have a party on Friday.

To the Max

The most extreme level of whatever was being described.

Example: The fact that you got grounded sucks to the max.

How many of these 80s phrases do you remember?

Emma C
Freelance Writer