​20th Century Words and Slang

Author: Rob AdamsBy:
Staff Reporter
Dec. 30, 2012

The slang terms used in the 20th century will eventually be added to a comprehensive dictionary. It seems like we create a new set of words to describe things every decade. They become unique for each generation.

Remember these?

Bust a move: To engage in a skillful dance move.

Bust a nut: To ejaculate.

Don’t sweat me: Term used to demand that another person mind their own business.

Hella: Northern California slang expression. “It was hella fun!” This word may have originated in the 1970’s.

Mad doggin’: To stare at someone inappropriately. “Man, that cop was mad-doggin’ me the whole time I was rollin’ that cigarette! He must’ve been making sure I wasn’t rolling a joint!”

My bad: To admit wrongdoing. Someone spills some water on someone accidentally, and says: “Oops, my bad!”

Spun: To be under the influence of methamphetamine, also known as speed. Synonymous with wired.

Tweeker: Someone who regularly gets high on the drug methamphetamine. The meaning of the term indicates that these drug users enjoy working on things while high.

Wired: To be under the influence of methamphetamine, a powerful illegal stimulant.

Y2K: A term from the late 1990’s indicating the possibility that computers would malfunction on January 1st, 2000, because computers were programmed to recognize only the last two digits of the year; therefore, on 1-01-2000, computers would assume it was January 1st, 1900 rather than January 1st, 2000. Some people believed it would lead to disaster, and stockpiled food and water for this event.

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