Thursday, August 18, 2011

Groovy article about slang

Groovy article about why "cool" is always cool, and groovy isn't.


Adrian said...

Gnarly. Totally Rad. Dig it. Fer sure. (Sadly, these still comprise a significant portion of my active vocabulary.)

The examples of driving the porcelain bus and talking to Ralph on the big white phone still seem pretty common to me, as does grok (which is in many dictionaries and not even tagged as slang by Merriam Webster).

Some slang strikes me as very regional or maybe cliquish. For the brief time I lived in Massachusetts, my friends seemed to have an unnatural affinity for muffed, wicked, and excellent (decades before Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure).

In the early 90s, I remember being confused by a new friend who had just moved to the west coast from the east. She often used the word baked to mean stoned. Now that term is widespread, but it was totally foreign to me and the rest of my friends at the time.

Edittorrent said...

I never got "sick" as a way to signify "terrific." I just can't get past the "sick" part.