Language changes over time. The popularity of words, especially slang or words related to technology or trends, ebbs and flows. Some long-forgotten words, however, are worth resurrecting. If you’re looking to add a retro update to your vocabulary, here are a few words and phrases from the last hundred years to try out.
1920s: The cat’s meow: The best or greatest. Your iPhone case is the cat’s meow!
1960s: Bummer: a bad experience. I thought Taylor Swift’s concert was a bummer. She only played songs from her new album instead of her older hits.
1970s: Bad: Ironically, if something is “bad” it is really good, stylish, or cool. Did you see North West’s new Louis Vuitton sneakers? They’re totally bad!
1970s: Dig It: To understand or agree. What an insightful Ted Talk this is. I dig it.
1980s: Pie-hole: a slang term for mouth. I can’t wait to stuff my pie-hole with this vegan, gluten-free pizza!
Which slang words do you think people should start using again? Share your favorites in the comments!