7 Slang Words from the '80s to Start Using ...


Slang words from the ‘80s are a little bit cheesy and a little bit outdated, but they are totally fabulous all the same.

Here are seven of the best that I have come across, along with their definitions.2

Let’s start to bring them back!

Start dropping these slang words from the ‘80s into your conversations and watch them catch on.

1. Grody

If you refer to something as ‘grody’, it is extremely gross.

For instance, “ugh, this food is grody!” This word might be handy if you want to say that something is gross but don’t want everyone to know, because there aren’t many younger people who know about this word!

This is the same for most of these slang words from the ‘80s.

2. Tubular

Saying that something is “totally tubular” means that it is the opposite of grody - instead, it means that it is very cool!

It can also be used to mean overwhelming, in a good way - “wow, this concert is just tubular!” This is a piece of ‘80s slang that was used a lot in the hippy, surfer circles.

3. Grindage

Grindage is food.

If you invite someone back to your place to have some grindage, then you’re going home to get some food.

This word particularly applies to anything delicious, such as fast food or snacks!2

Quite a few people know about this word due to the 1992 film ‘Encino Man’, where the character of Stoney uses this term quite a bit.

4. Butter

If you refer to something as butter, then it means you think it’s really nice.

This piece of slang comes from the fact that butter is smooth, and if something is thought to be smooth, then it is very cool.

‘Butter’ is often used to describe clothes, for example “that shirt is butter” would mean “that shirt looks smooth on you”.

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