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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Totally Awesome Phrases of the 80's

Like, dude, do you totally remember talking like we was all from the Valley? It was rad. It, like, totally ruled.

Like, someone said to me, "Dude, you should, like, totally do a post on how we talked back then, because your other posts are, like, bogus." And then I was, like, "Bite me you spaz, my other posts are bodaciously, awesome." And then they was, like, "Whatever!!" And then I was, like, "Get a life barf bag."

Then when I started to think about it more I was, like, "That was, like, a totally rad idea. I mean, like, no duh, it would be awesome for me to do a list on that. Like, fer sure." So, like, here we go.


Radical, or Rad, was like cool x 10. The late 80's cartoon characters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, was some of the main users of this phrase. But, it was very popular throughout the 80's.


No need to comment further. Why would I argue with Bill and Ted? They very well could have made half the words on this list up. WyldStallions 4Ever!!!

I know you are, but what am I?

Pee Wee absolutely owned this phrase in the 80's. Using this phrase over and over was one of the quickest ways to get someone to want to murder you. To some people it was like listening to fingernails on a chalkboard.


bob by you.

I would type out a whole description on what a Studmuffin is, but a picture is worth a thousand words.


(WARNING---There are a couple of explicit words on this video)
Skip up to 1:14 for Spicoli saying gnarly, if you don't want to wait.

Jeff Spicoli was the progenitor of quite a few of these phrases on this list. Gnarly was a very versatile word that could be used to describe something totally disgusting or something totally awesome. Your choice depending on the situation.

Smooth Move

Smooth move was a term used sarcastically to point out an action that was, actually, not so smooth, and, in all likelihood, made the person look like a total idiot. If you wanted to stick the knife in just a little deeItalicper you would add the word exlax to the end. "Smooth move, exlax." You can figure out for yourself why "exlax" goes hand in hand with "Smooth move."


(Skip to 2:00 for the phrase)

Bogus was the complete opposite of awesome. Not a word you wanted to use if you could avoid it. It meant something wasn't going your way.


Sike was Psyching someone out or faking them out. I had a friend who, every time I seen him, would reach out his hand for a handshake and then jerk it back quickly while saying "Sike!!!". If he was really on his game he would run his fingers through his hair on the take back. I'd fall for it every time. Sike is kind of the physical version of "Not!!!".


totally by you.

No further explanation needed.


Basically, it meant someItalicthing was cool, but cool to the nth degree.

No duh

A sarcastic reply when someone is told something that is plainly obvious. 

No $#@! Sherlock

Very similar to "No duh", but with the added insult of sarcastically calling them Sherlock Holmes.

Bite Me

Something this kid doesn't say anymore to his little brother.

$#@! Happens

Italicshithappens by you.

Yes it does. It happens indeed.


Quick way to end a conversation when you don't want to hear it anymore. In the '90's "Whatever" turned into "Talk to the Hand".

Gag Me With a Spoon

Anything that totally disgusted or repulsed you would summarily be met with this statement in the '80's.


This word was used to link any two sentences or as a replacement for "uh" or "uhm". Any Valley Girl worth their ilk spoke this word, on average, at a rate of every 4 words.

Fer Sure

Could be used at face value or, more than not, sarcastically. Another staple for the Valley Girls.


Perhaps the most versItalicatile word in the English language. I could have an entire conversation with just the word dude if I had to. The Dude abides!!!


If you want to see an example of it being said, check the "Gnarly" video at #15 at 1:36 in. Jeff Spicoli is Totally Awesome!!!

Comment with phrases you feel belonged on this list. There were plenty that could have just as easily made it. Thanks for reading guys. Now go forth and Be Excellent to one another!!!

I'll be typin' at ya later,
Bob the Blogger


Joe said...

Wheres the beef

Bob the Blogger said...

Yep missed that one.

Catty said...

hehe awesome article

Anonymous said...

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Xx ~ Yvonne ~ Xx said...

This lil write up totally floated by boat haha :)

I'm 25,so a tad on the younger side to fully appreciate such,eh,appt wording,but all the same twas class!

Oh and I'm Irish too -If I was from the states I'd probably find it all the more amusing :)

Good stuff!

Yvonne x

wolfgirlemma said...

Oh My Gosh! This is like sooo boss! But really, awesome is, like over-used to day, so, like, gag me with a spoon! But like fer sure, that word, has like stayed. My friend said "boss" once, and I was like, "Ya, that's from the 80's" And he's all like "What?" And I'm all like "No duh Sherlock!"
Haha! Thanks for this site!

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