We’ve all done, said, or worn something that ends up revealing what decade we most likely spent our formative years. One of the most common ways we show our age is the colloquial terms and slang vocabulary that may slip out in our conversations. If you were a teen in the 90’s, you’ve probably used a wide range of terms that the younger or older generation may look at you a little funny when it comes out of your mouth. Below are ten phrases that will no doubt tag you as a 90’s teenager.
Dude was an interesting term utilized by many teens in the 90’s as a description of a random person, a pet name for a friend, or an exclamation of disbelief. No matter what clique you belonged to in high school in the 90’s there is a good chance that “dude, no way!” has crossed your vocabulary at least once.
The term made famous by one of the most popular high school films of the 1990’s Clueless, “I’m outtie became the parting greeting for many high school girls. The term was used by some as an everyday goodbye and by others as a hostile declaration of removing oneself from a situation.
Another 90’s term that catapulted with the film Clueless, “as if” was a popular term similar to state “I don’t think so,” or “no way, never.” The popular 90’s term is often used a reactionary response, and those who grew up in the 90’s may find themselves accidentally spitting it out as a knee-jerk reaction.
Psyche is a term that you would prefer to be on the giving end instead of the receiving end. The term was often interchangeable with the term “not” and was used as a sarcastic way to declare that the statement previously made was completely untrue. “Of Course you look fine with your new bowl cut, psyche!”
Take a Chill Pill
The term many parents in the 90’s heard and were no doubt annoyed by was “take a chill pill.” The term was often stated as a way to tell someone to calm down and was delivered with the gesture of a flat, upward stops sign motion of the hand. Ironically most people told to take a chill pill would rarely calm down after the comment.
A common term used to refer to someone who is acting like a fool. “You’re tripping” is often used in common phrases such as “why you tripping out?” or as a warning to maintain composure such as, “don’t trip when I tell you this.” No matter how it was used in conversation, it can go without being said that you were not the one who wanted to be trippin.
Talk to the Hand
This 90’s term was a rather abrupt way to end the conversation and dismiss what the speaker was saying. The phrase was almost always accompanied by a raised flat hand pushed in front of the speakers face. The term is a shortened phrase of the saying, “talk to the hand because the face isn’t listening.”
“Oh, snap,” was a term often used to convey agreement with what someone had said, but typically when it was something said in a rude or negative way. It can be used by the person wielding the insult or a person witnessing the conversation. “Maybe you should use your own money to buy the movie tickets. Oh, snap, I forgot you don’t have any money.”
A drug-out, over-exaggerated way to say what’s up, “whassup” increased in popularity with its prominent appearance in many commercials and spoof movies that came out during the decade. Unlike the typical greeting “what’s up,” “whassup,” is usually delivered louder and is often directed at multiple people in the room.
Yes, the 90’s did provide us with an inordinate amount of ways to ask others what was going on. Inevitably one of the most comic sounding and spelled terms was “what’s crackalackin.” Mostly like a fun way to give the old “what’s crackin?” term a modern upgrade, the term is often delivered with equally humorous body language and sometimes complicated handshakes.
So if you accidentally call your coworker dude or tell your teenager to take a chill pill, you may be pegged as a product of the 90’s. Don’t panic if it gets you a sideways glance or two. Just pull yourself together and walk away with a simple “I’m outtie.”