When I was a teenager, everyone said “bitching” and “Oh, brother!” My Pops forbade me to use either term and, of course, that made it nearly impossible for me to stop; especially “bitching.”
For those of you too young to remember, that started out as a surfing word to describe a great wave or ride. I grew up in the San Jose area, so many of my friends surfed because Santa Cruz and waves were just over the Los Gatos foothills. It didn’t take long for that to be the only way to describe something that was cool; except for “boss”. I almost forgot that one; for a couple of years, everything cool was really boss.
Red and I got to talking about that last night, while sipping wine – Bloody Marys were a bit too heavy in the heat – finding old and new neologisms (which I prefer to call Youth-isms because older people rarely come up with a new term, right? Let’s be honest.)
Kathy: Actually, I got hooked on “groovy,” too.
Red: You know what I always liked? (I shook my head) Da’ bomb! What a fantastic way to say something or someone is great.
Kathy: (chuckling) I still say it sometimes. People stop and stare for a second.
Red: I guess they would! That’s so old it creaks. But I know what you mean. I’d like to be able to say “my bad” but I’m afraid someone will call the geezer police.
Kathy: Oh, come on. That’s not that old!
Red: Yes, it is. Time is just passing so fast for you now you don’t realize a couple of decades have gone by since players started tossing it around on the B-ball courts.
Kathy: (hanging her head) – Geez. So what’s the latest and greatest?
I settled back, sipping on an glass of iced Reisling, while Red brought up Google on her iPhone and began to rattle off a few.
Red: Let’s see…there’s BT dubs for the by the way…and YOLO for you only live once.
Kathy: I kind of dig that. YOLO baby. Uh, huh!
Red: (laughing hard) You would! That one was named the worst slang of 2012.
Kathy: I don’t care – I’m going to be YOLOing it all over the place.
Red: Ok, how about these two – Totes for totally and Obvi for obviously.
Kathy: I like totes. Yeah, that’s totes!
Red: You’re so totes cray! (doubled-over, holding her belly and laughing and spilling her wine)
Red: Cray is short for crazy.