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Have you kept your slang fresh and current, or are you stuck in time?

I've notice alot of women at work in their late 40's and early 50's use the phrase "cool beans," which has never ceased to annoy me. I hated hearing it in my teens, and I'm shocked it's still used now that I'm pushing 40.

At the same time, I tend to use "awesome" and "cool" a lot, which were the go-to slang words when I was a kid. Meanwhile, I've never felt compelled to use "bae," "skeet," "DL," or any other slang word from the past 20 years.

by Anonymousreply 106November 26, 2021 12:45 PM

When they annoy you use groovy.

by Anonymousreply 1November 24, 2021 12:32 AM

A mix of both I guess. I’ve always used slang ironically though.

by Anonymousreply 2November 24, 2021 12:35 AM

Is "the bomb" current?

What about "all that and a bag of chips"?

by Anonymousreply 3November 24, 2021 12:39 AM

R3, as if!

by Anonymousreply 4November 24, 2021 12:42 AM

How about 'that and a token will get you a ride on the subway.'

by Anonymousreply 5November 24, 2021 12:43 AM

Cool beans is a sign that you are trying so hard to be cute or clever. I loathe its use.

If I say anything that smacks of being slang, I try to use a tone of voice that implies I know that it’s ridiculous for a 63 year old man to say such things. Or I throw in, “ — as the kids say!”

by Anonymousreply 6November 24, 2021 12:48 AM

And how! I keep it up to date, I want to be a killer diller, a real solid sender.

by Anonymousreply 7November 24, 2021 12:54 AM

Bae is so cringe. The Salt Bae must be horrified that he’s connected to such outdated cringefest.

by Anonymousreply 8November 24, 2021 12:57 AM

OP. you're absolutely the bee's knees.

by Anonymousreply 9November 24, 2021 12:59 AM

I'd like to take the word "awesome" and shove it down the throat of the next person that utters it in my presence.

by Anonymousreply 10November 24, 2021 1:00 AM

Awesome, dude!

by Anonymousreply 11November 24, 2021 1:02 AM




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by Anonymousreply 12November 24, 2021 1:02 AM

I actually teach linguistics (among other things) at a university and slang is one of the topics I've been covering with my students (mostly aged 18-25) this term. I asked them to come up with examples of slang they had started using in the last few years and was pretty pleased that I recognised a lot of it, mostly from online. There were terms like 'slay', 'yaaaas queen' 'werk it' and so on from RuPaul's drag race, but also a lot of words that people had picked up from online social media or gaming, like 'based', 'kinda sus', 'gettin salty'.

Probably the internet is changing the way we discover and interact with slang a lot. I also have a student in her sixties (doing another degree as a retirement project) and I asked her to think about the slang that was in use during her youth. Most of the words she remembered had fallen out of fashion, but as she explained them it was interesting that a lot of them came from TV shows that were popular at the time, whereas now new slang tends to be generated and disseminated via the internet just as much as via friendship groups, so older people probably have more of a chance of coming into contact with it.

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by Anonymousreply 14November 24, 2021 1:07 AM

'Cool' is probably the most obvious and well-known example of slang in English, and actually started to be used in the 1940s, coming into the language via African-American Vernacular English and the medium of jazz. It's interesting to note the connection between youth culture and historically oppressed groups such as black Americans, as well as the art forms associated with them. Interestingly the word 'woke' is about as old as that too, but it only really entered 'mainstream' language a few years ago, and has since mutated in terms of its semantics a lot since it got caught up in the culture wars.

by Anonymousreply 15November 24, 2021 1:08 AM

Very interesting, R13!

by Anonymousreply 16November 24, 2021 1:09 AM

Skeet is cum

by Anonymousreply 17November 24, 2021 1:10 AM

NGL, my use of modern slang is pretty cringe. Deadass.

by Anonymousreply 18November 24, 2021 1:14 AM

Datalounge has made me acutely aware of how sad it is when older people use slang that belongs to a different generation or ethnic group.

As in all the "what's the tea on Gaga?" type posts and other attempts by older gay white men to sound like Sassy Black Women™

"Fire" seems to be a big word right now with a certain type of overly trendy white person. One of the new associates uses it a lot (it means what you'd think-- an expression of appreciation or approval, e.g., "That new Drake song is fire") but I've noticed a few of the other Zoomers rolling their eyes when he does and when I discreetly inquired was told that it was appropriate for a middle schooler to use, not a 24 year old.

To which I replied "awesome!"

(No not really. Though it reminds me that "awesome sauce" is far more cringey than "cool beans")

by Anonymousreply 19November 24, 2021 1:14 AM

Golly gee, I reckon it's stale, handsome fella.

by Anonymousreply 20November 24, 2021 1:16 AM

Using the latest slang or catch phrase is someone trying too hard.

by Anonymousreply 21November 24, 2021 1:20 AM

Fresh definitely. I'm a cool cat who has always been " with it" so to speak. I would never change my way of speaking to impress The Man.

by Anonymousreply 22November 24, 2021 1:22 AM

I still use “right on” to agree with someone.

by Anonymousreply 23November 24, 2021 1:24 AM

I mix it all up. I do it for my fun and not to be, um, cool.

by Anonymousreply 24November 24, 2021 1:24 AM

I don't get bothered by young people having their own slang. But one thing that repulses me to no end is when I see writers in popular online publications use adolescent speak. Yuck.

by Anonymousreply 25November 24, 2021 1:24 AM

As a 58 year old eldergay, I’d feel positively ridiculous if I uttered the new slang.

by Anonymousreply 26November 24, 2021 1:25 AM

I struggle whether I should say a song dropped or was released. Dropped feels odd, but then do I sound like an old fogey for saying it was released?

by Anonymousreply 27November 24, 2021 1:28 AM

"Tea" (ie, gossip, dirt, dish) is not new slang in the gay community--I believe it's been around for decades.

Just because RuPaul, Wendy Williams, and tragic wannabes like Andy Cohen have adopted it doesn't mean they originated it.

by Anonymousreply 28November 24, 2021 1:30 AM

I'm an old geezer who likes the term "totes adorbs" (written, not spoken).

by Anonymousreply 29November 24, 2021 1:43 AM

My slang is the ginchiest, Daddy-O!

Now, excuse me while I check out the gams on that tomato!

by Anonymousreply 30November 24, 2021 1:45 AM

If you don't know the freshest slang, you better 23 skidoo.

by Anonymousreply 31November 24, 2021 1:46 AM

What about "babe" or "baby" R15 - hasn't that been around forever too?

by Anonymousreply 32November 24, 2021 1:51 AM

I am in my 40’s and use the word ‘awesome’ far too much. I am embarrassed by my use of the word, honestly. I need to come up with something more mature. I do say that a man is a ‘snack’ when he is hot. I got that from my 17 year old niece.

by Anonymousreply 33November 24, 2021 1:54 AM

I hate "that's so cringe" instead of cringe-worthy or cringey. Not fond of "king" or "fire," either. I like "turnt" because it's a funny word.

I do like how the same word can have different slang meanings over time. To my mom, "tight" was drunk. In the 1970s, she asked if my high school friend, Barbara, was tight. I was befuddled until she explained. Twenty years later, a teen said my new Supra was tight. I said, "Actually, l have plenty of room" not knowing that he had just paid me a big compliment.

I will never be able to eliminate "awesome" and "cool" from my everyday vocabulary, but I did ditch "rad" and "bitchin'" decades ago.

by Anonymousreply 34November 24, 2021 1:56 AM

I use brilliant occasionally and people think I'm British.

by Anonymousreply 35November 24, 2021 1:58 AM

Bomb shizzle and groovy are about the only two slang terms I use. The word fuck will never fall out of fashion with me.

by Anonymousreply 36November 24, 2021 2:16 AM

R32 Yes, babe/baby is another good example of a very prominent and long-lasting slang term, that one was probably mainly spread by pop music, though the OED has traced its use to 1901 or even before then. I'm not sure it has *quite* the prominence of 'cool' though, which has spread all over the English-speaking world and also managed to force itself into other languages such as French.

'Awesome' on the other hand marks one out to be unmistakably North American, it doesn't get used in the rest of the English-speaking world except for when we gently mock you amongst ourselves.

by Anonymousreply 37November 24, 2021 2:43 AM

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by Anonymousreply 38November 24, 2021 2:44 AM

This ain’t the Mayflower, pops, but your son just came over in it. Klaxon! Klaxon!

by Anonymousreply 39November 24, 2021 2:57 AM

23 Skidoo! Tippecanoe and Tyler too!

I still got it!

by Anonymousreply 40November 24, 2021 3:01 AM

Does anyone else use AmazeBalls? Yeah, me neither. 🥸

by Anonymousreply 41November 24, 2021 3:02 AM

I use slang that was popular years before I was born.

There was a guy I used to see at Trader Joe's. He was really good looking and nice. I wrote in my journal about him and described him as a -


by Anonymousreply 42November 24, 2021 3:04 AM

I am a big “Whatever”fan, which is a tip-off to being a Gen Xer.

“Wicked”. Like “I’m wicked tired” or “look at that wicked old piece of crap that guy’s driving.”

by Anonymousreply 43November 24, 2021 3:13 AM

R43 you're using 'Wicked' as a substitute for 'very', right?

In N Ireland 'Wicked' used to mean 'great', it's dated now but it's something my older cousins would have used as teenagers.

by Anonymousreply 44November 24, 2021 3:16 AM

R44 yes, slang for very.

Here in the US it’s more of a New England thing.

by Anonymousreply 45November 24, 2021 3:19 AM

Gee whiz!

by Anonymousreply 46November 24, 2021 3:22 AM

I know all the latest slang because I teach middle schoolers but I only use it if I’m trying to make them cringe.

by Anonymousreply 47November 24, 2021 3:28 AM

I haven't used "far out" in many, many years. It was better than "awesome", though.

by Anonymousreply 48November 24, 2021 3:30 AM

"Watch it toot!" never gets old.

by Anonymousreply 49November 24, 2021 3:31 AM

I ain't no L7 cuz I like to get jiggy with it, yo

by Anonymousreply 50November 24, 2021 3:32 AM

I work with younger people (clients) and will use newer slang (repeat it) if that's the term they're using. For purposes of being understood.

I tend to use and like old slang, before my time, even. The other day, I said: "She grabbed the brass ring." A friend, who is my age, said what does that mean.

by Anonymousreply 51November 24, 2021 3:32 AM

If you got a gun, you'd be a lot cooler.

by Anonymousreply 52November 24, 2021 3:33 AM

Amaze balls is right up there with awesome sauce, R41. Blargh.

by Anonymousreply 53November 24, 2021 3:35 AM

^as is "nothing burger"

by Anonymousreply 54November 24, 2021 3:37 AM

Keep it pc

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by Anonymousreply 55November 24, 2021 3:40 AM

I'll take vanilla!

by Anonymousreply 56November 24, 2021 3:42 AM

Fuck off Boris

by Anonymousreply 57November 24, 2021 3:42 AM

Nowadays, we call it a “musky slut trench”

by Anonymousreply 58November 24, 2021 3:43 AM

I watch a lot of French tv and cool is the most common slang word teens use. I noticed Meghan Markle used the word bummer on the Ellen Degeneres show. That would be a word from the late 60s, before she was born.

by Anonymousreply 59November 24, 2021 3:45 AM

I use cool, bummer, bummed out, trippy and totally.

I also say neat and geez.

by Anonymousreply 60November 24, 2021 3:48 AM

R44- Here is some Amazon WICKED for you.

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by Anonymousreply 61November 24, 2021 4:03 AM

All i know is they tried and tried but "ass-hat" never really took off.

by Anonymousreply 62November 24, 2021 4:19 AM

I’m still waiting for fetch to happen.

by Anonymousreply 63November 24, 2021 4:21 AM

I raised the roof the other day at work and wondered if the younger folk even knew what I was doing.

Bummer was big in the 80s/90s, with Gen X! Not just the 60s. I tend to use slang older than I am. One I haven’t seen mentioned yet that I use a lot: “that rocks!”

by Anonymousreply 64November 24, 2021 4:31 AM

This whole thread is the cat’s pajamas!

by Anonymousreply 65November 24, 2021 4:36 AM

Op = a square

by Anonymousreply 66November 24, 2021 4:36 AM


by Anonymousreply 67November 24, 2021 4:54 AM

Back in 1995 at the bars I was the BEES KNEES.

by Anonymousreply 68November 24, 2021 4:54 AM

LOL @ R19 who thinks ‘fire’ is huge right now, no one has said that for years.

There are a lot of very uncool people in this thread, which I suppose is no surprise at all.

by Anonymousreply 69November 24, 2021 5:05 AM

Isn't Wicked a Boston thing?

by Anonymousreply 70November 24, 2021 5:08 AM

Does Datalounge's uncool-ness explain the many "[insert name here] is 🔥🔥🔥" threads, R69?

by Anonymousreply 71November 24, 2021 5:08 AM

Still using the non-word “a lot”, eh OP?

by Anonymousreply 72November 24, 2021 5:09 AM

Oh the irony - spell check just corrected “alot”, which it rarely does.

by Anonymousreply 73November 24, 2021 5:11 AM

This whole thread is so cheugy! (Sorry, I’m in my feelings right now).

by Anonymousreply 74November 24, 2021 5:15 AM

R34 Tight today means angry.

by Anonymousreply 75November 24, 2021 5:16 AM

Have seen ‘lush’ being used on UK social media, generally by youngers, to ascribe their approval of eye catching landscape or food photography. Don’t know why this makes me feel physically ill. Probably because I’m ancient.

by Anonymousreply 76November 24, 2021 5:21 AM

Stuck in time. Cool, awesome, wicked, righteous, gnarly and bummer are part of my lexicon and always will be.

by Anonymousreply 77November 24, 2021 5:32 AM

R77 = Jeff Spicoli stan.

by Anonymousreply 78November 24, 2021 5:37 AM

I hear young people just LOVE it when middle-aged and elderly talk to them in their hippest slang!

by Anonymousreply 79November 24, 2021 5:46 AM

R68, ya thought ya were the bee's knees but I'd a told ya to skit-scat-skedaddle right outta the bar.

by Anonymousreply 80November 24, 2021 6:56 AM

Whippersnappers! Get off my lawn!

by Anonymousreply 81November 24, 2021 7:05 AM

[quote] All i know is they tried and tried but "ass-hat" never really took off.

It’s a PG way to say ass-hole. But since we don’t need to be PG here or most places, why would anyone still say it?

by Anonymousreply 82November 24, 2021 6:11 PM

Nor will I ever be able to eliminate "awesome" and "cool". Everyone still seems to know what those terms connote.

At age 62, I will never be hip, no matter what. It's a loose-loose. But my voice WILL be heard, muthuh fuckuh. Professionally, am finding myself in the Twilight Zone years of my career, managing a large team of aged 20- and 30-something biotechnology scientists who are charged with finding new treatments for severe diseases. It is essential to communicate efficiently and without offending anyone. Which never happens, at least not at the same time. And I have to manage corporate upper management, too.

So, everyone gets a daily dose of my sassy bitchy tired bitter old queen Tourette's Syndrome mouth, which means irony and and sarcasm and mixing up slang and abusing metaphors. Add to it: only a few colleagues are native English speakers and they all earned PhD's, so anything I say comes back better, and it gets all up in my grille: "Data set be hella funky fresh on gamma hydroxy triethylone secretase monoclonal antibody therapy for six autoimmune conditions, Dr, C. yo." "Cool. Awesome. We're capturing some thirsty actuals and deliverables, see."

by Anonymousreply 83November 24, 2021 8:01 PM

R8 "so cringe"

If you speak in this way, you have no room to criticize others.

by Anonymousreply 84November 24, 2021 8:08 PM

[quote] It's a loose-loose.

It's lose-lose.

by Anonymousreply 85November 24, 2021 8:11 PM

So funny, Dr. C R83. I'd be so tempted to just make slang words up and see if they come back at you.

by Anonymousreply 86November 24, 2021 8:30 PM

I totally love the concept of a “Fit Check” and wish we had it when I was young. I use the whole _____ check all the time now.

by Anonymousreply 87November 24, 2021 8:44 PM

Slang is unhelpful.

It is designed to obfuscate and exclude.

by Anonymousreply 88November 24, 2021 9:02 PM

I hardly ever use the term "cringe" but I actually think it's one of the more inspired bits of contemporary slang.

The meaning is almost immediately clear to most native English speakers, and it can be used interchangeably (as slang) as a noun, verb, or adjective. It's a good reflection of the world we live in, where "cringe" words and behavior is everywhere.

by Anonymousreply 89November 24, 2021 9:05 PM

I think it’s cute how many of you are attached to the word “awesome.” Both because I wouldn’t consider that slang so much as an adjective and it’s nice you encounter so many things you find awesome. Unless you’re being sarcastic? Is that it? Like how often is a situation/something awesome? Am I missing why that’s slang?

I avoid slang because I feel like older people (over 35 maybe?) using it sound desperate with the exception of poster above who will occasionally use the word “snack.”

I didn’t realize my emojis were outdated until recently. Apparently the younger people use different ones.

by Anonymousreply 90November 24, 2021 9:19 PM

I know fer sure, that most gays in WeHo still talk like this👇🏻

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by Anonymousreply 91November 24, 2021 9:33 PM

I'm 32 and I get along with the slang of anyone down to younger twenties. The teens are starting to lose me though. Not in some terrible way - it just isn't working out. But the worst is always younger teens on the Internet; in other words, people that don't matter.

by Anonymousreply 92November 25, 2021 1:07 AM

My slang? Hell, I don't even use the new name when the city changes a street's name.

by Anonymousreply 93November 25, 2021 1:09 AM

So you don’t use Black Lives Matter Way or Martin Luther King Blvd or the Transient Highway?

by Anonymousreply 94November 25, 2021 1:28 AM

I'm down with it, homey.

by Anonymousreply 95November 25, 2021 1:33 AM

Bitchen-A, dude!

by Anonymousreply 96November 25, 2021 1:36 AM

One of the best jokes on the Mary Tyler Moore show. Sue Ann is big sister to a black girl. Sue Ann tells Mary that "bad" really means "good". Mary says, "Sue Ann, your cooking is so bad."

by Anonymousreply 97November 25, 2021 1:39 AM

Born in 74 and I finally quit saying rad about 10 years and now all the kids are saying it again

by Anonymousreply 98November 25, 2021 1:50 AM

I still love ‘old school’ & ‘fly’, which is very old school

by Anonymousreply 99November 25, 2021 2:20 AM

Like swear words: less is more

by Anonymousreply 100November 25, 2021 2:21 AM

Who or what are these mutuals that they are chattering all about?

by Anonymousreply 101November 25, 2021 2:37 AM


by Anonymousreply 102November 25, 2021 2:26 PM

[quote] Here in the US it’s more of a New England thing.

Wicked is more of New England but there was a period in the mid-late 90s when it got tied to skater culture. So if you were coming of age around then, it’s possible it was part of your vocabulary.

Also I think even Bill & Ted used it. Heinous! Bogus! Wicked! Excellent!

I have been known to call things wicked of wicked nasty on occasion.

by Anonymousreply 103November 25, 2021 2:52 PM

Of the new-ish slang, I like “legit.”

I use “totes” when I want to annoy my kid.

I’ll never lose “awesome.”

by Anonymousreply 104November 25, 2021 2:57 PM

hoebag and douchebag are my jam

by Anonymousreply 105November 26, 2021 3:05 AM

I loathe the use of slang and idiom, especially snark, in articles and opinion pieces written for mainstream media. It’s symptomatic of a generation raised by Joss Whedon TV shows.

I struggle to finish articles about Dave Chappelle which mention “salty” “edge-lords”.

by Anonymousreply 106November 26, 2021 12:45 PM
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