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?

9 comments:

Sue said...

they say history repeats itself...maybe it does even in slang. I sure hope "whatever" NEVER comes back.

Books by Heather said...

LOL, Sue. Did it ever go away?

ev said...

Um, I still use "der" and "awesome" and just to change it up, "cool". I guess we are defined by the era we were raised in.

I was thinking that as I was hanging laundry outside today- a tye-dyed gauze peasant skirt and a Slash T-shirt.

I really have no desire to grow up.

Books by Heather said...

Ev, I still say awesome and cool, too. Not der for some reason, though I might have to throw it back in just to mix things up!

Kristin A. said...

I TOTALLY DIG the "like, gag me with a spoon!" graphic. It's LIKE TOTALLY RADICAL, DUDE! :)

Thanks for a smile!

Kristine said...

How 'bout "Rad", "For sure" & "Gag me with a credit card and put me on layaway"? Hey. I was born in California ;)

Books by Heather said...

LOL, Kristin!

Kristine, I hadn't heard the layaway one before, LOLOL! For sure--definitely!!!

Vickie said...

Not necessarily 'teen' years, but when I was growing up as a young'n in the 60s...groovy, hip, cool, nimrod

Later on: hellah cool, awesome, duh, DOH!

Griperang/Angela said...

A word from my past that my brother and I still use is Dork. We just can't seem to get away from using that.