Friday, July 22, 2011

Say What?


I was brought back to my teenage years twice this week by the same three-letter word.

Der.

Yes, der. It was one of those words I grew up with, an old-fashioned retro version of today's modern “duh.” I used it all through junior high and high school. It was part of the lingo of my teens.

It’s strange that I haven’t heard it – haven’t even thought of it – in years, yet I heard it twice in one week. Maybe it’s making a comeback. If so, I’m going to have to start brushing off other words and phrases I used back then in case they make a comeback, too. Words like “wicked” (this might be a New England thing) or “touched in the head,” “dipstick,” “awesome” (endlessly!), “psych” and “dweeb.”

How about you? Do you remember the lingo of your teen years?