You might be an extremely hip person who's up on all the current terms, but do you know the most popular slang term from the year you were born?
You might not even hear these phrases anymore. Some slang terms seem to come into popularity out of nowhere and disappear just as quickly. Other terms wind up standing the test of time, because it will always be more fun to refer to a beer as a “brewski.” Distinguishing the timeless words from the tired phrases, Good Housekeeping rounded up some examples of popular slang from most of the 20th century, boiled down here to a selection of the choicest jargon from the last several decades.
So, which category does slang from your birth year fall into? Was your birth year filled with radness, or was it just whatever?
Coined in the US in the early 1970s, this shortened version of "detoxification" or "detoxicate" can mean to go on a health kick, or more specifically, to rid the body of alcohol or illicit substances.
Originating in the early 1970s and still used to today, "playing hardball" usually means being a tough or stubborn negotiator, or sticking to your guns in any other situation.
This term for beer first came about in 1977 and was popular enough to become the biggest slang term of that year.
1978: Pig Out
Merriam-Webster says the first use of the phrase "pig out" (or to rapidly indulge in large quantities of food) was first used in 1977, but it became more widespread the following year.
With the late-70s popularity of things like Happy Days and Grease, it's no wonder that the term "nostalgia-fest" became commonly used at this time.
Merrian-Webster says "frizzy" was first used in 1894 to refer to tightly-curled hair, but the word gained popularity in 1980 - as did the hairstyle it initially described.