Can You Match the Slang Term to Its Decade?

Becky Stigall

Groovy

The word "groovy" was popular in the 1960s. It was popularized in jazz culture.

Grody

The word "grody" was used in the 1980s to refer to something gross or grotesque. The word was part of what was called "Valleyspeak."

Yuppie

The term "yuppie" refers to Young Urban Professional. It was coined in the 1980s.

Talk to the hand

This phrase was coined in the 1990s. The full phrase was "Talk to the hand, because the ears ain't listening."

LOL

The use of internet slang acronyms began in the 1990s, with internet chat. Now, of course, these acronyms are used in texting as well.

Bromance

Bromance is 2000s slang for male bonding. It is short for brother romance.

Jazz

The word "jazz" was popularized in the 1920s. However, the earliest use of the word appears to be in 1912.

Bae

The word "bae" might refer to "before anyone else," but that is still up for debate. It is used to refer to one's significant other.

Hip

The word "hip" was popular in the 1960s. The word refers to something or someone who is fashionably cool.

Yo

The term "yo" is an attention grabber, widely used in the 1990s. However, the phrase dates back to the early 1900s.

Meh

"Meh" is an expression of apathy. It was popularized in the 1990s, but may be an offshoot of 1930s Yiddish slang.

Geek

Geek is 2000s slang for nerd. The word actually stems from the words for "fool" or "freak."

Not!

The word "... not!" is used to refer sarcastically to something in a negative way. It was popularized in the 1990s.

Hashtag

A hashtag is what was once called a pound sign. It is now used to tag concepts, themes or content on social media.

Unfriend

Unfriending is a way to remove someone from one's social network(s). It is more of an "unfollow" than something that refers to actual friendships.

Square

The word "square" was popularized in the 1960s. It refers to someone who is uncool or rigid.

Muffin top

Muffin top is 2000s slang for extra fluff at the waistline. The term originated in Australia.

Cob nobbler

Cob nobbler is sometimes listed as 1990s grunge speak for loser. However, grunge slang did not really exist - someone invented it as a joke.

YOLO

YOLO is an acronym for You Only Live Once. It is thought to have been made popular by the rapper Drake.

Boondoggle

The word "boondoggle" refers to something that is a waste of time. It is thought to have originated in the scouting tradition.

Smooch

Of course, smooching is kissing. The English slang word comes from German.

Mom jeans

Mom jeans is 2000s slang for high-waisted, unflattering jeans. The term was invented by Tina Fey and first heard on "Saturday Night Live."

Kickers

The word "kickers" was a 1990s term used to refer to heavy boots. "Kicks" is sometimes used now as a slang term used to refer to shoes in general.

Swagger

Swagger (as a noun) refers to a type of walk or persona. The term was popularized in the 2010s.

G-Man

The term "G-Man" stands for "Government Man." It is still used to refer to FBI agents.

Going postal

Going postal refers to workplace rage. It was coined in the 1990s, following several instances of postal service workers becoming violent in the workplace.

Rock on

"Rock on" is a 1990s phrase of encouragement, but it started with a '70s song by David Essex.

Womance

"Womance" is a term popularized in the 2010s. Just as "bromance" refers to a male bonded friendship, "womance" refers to an intense female friendship.

Boogie

The term "boogie" was widely used in the 1970s. It was used to refer to a style of music and dance.

Showmance

"Showmance" is 2000s slang for a relationship between two actors or reality show contestants that lasts as long as a show or movie is taping. The relationship usually ends when the show does.

23 skiddoo

"23 skiddoo" means to scram, to leave quickly. The origin is uncertain, but it's sure fun to say.

Credit crunch

The term credit crunch was a response to the financial crisis of the 2000s. It may also be called credit squeeze or credit crisis.

Flapper

A flapper was a woman in the 1920s, wearing the fringed styles of the Roaring Twenties. The word is thought to be an analogy of a bird flapping its wings, learning to fly.

Whatever

The use of the word "whatever" to serve as a sort of exasperated declaration was popularized in the 1980s. However, the first use of the phrase for this purpose occurred as early as the 1960s.

Woodie

The word "woodie" refers to a style of station wagon. The word became popularized by 1960s surf culture.

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About This Quiz

Slang is the use of casual lingo by a group. We all use slang in some sense. Can you match these groovy slang terms to the tubular decades that made them ultra popular?

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