for some reason, i have been reminiscing a lot about the old days of youth ministry. there’s no doubt, i was the quintessential youth minister of the 80’s!
the church i served was nine blocks up from the world famous huntington beach pier…home of jack’s surfboards, the golden bear, the end cafe’…and the epicenter of 80’s youth culture.
keeping up with the language of youth culture today takes an internet encyclopedia. it’s amazing and complicated. the change rate is stupid! it’s a total blending of cultures and race heritage. honestly, the creativity blows me away.
in spite of that, there has never been…nor will there ever be…slang like we experienced in the 80’s! so here are a few of my favorites of the huntington beach kids of the 80’s. hopefully, you’ll pass some of yours on, too. this is a total hijack day. a’ight?
dude…it was thee word of the 80’s! a noun, a verb, an adverb, an adjective, a question, an exclamation…whatever.
primo…the best. “my new skateboard is primo”
shred…if somebody shreds, it means he does it really good. “dude, he totally shreds on that half-pipe!”
poser…somebody who tries to be something he’s not. “he’s such a poser!”
hessians…80’s metalheads. kids in my youth group.
bunk…or bogus…unfair, bad, stupid
chuh!…more of a sound, than a word. it was a way of answering a question, “yes, of course…do you think i’m an idiot?”
faced…huge term in our youth group! it came from volleyball…when somebody would spike the ball directly into the face of an opposing player, it was called a facial. it became an all-purpose term we used when anybody got humiliated in any way… “dude, you just got faced!”
just some of my old youth group favorites. how about you?