Other ‘80s Slang We Forgot

The language of the 1980s was inventive and colorful. Radical. Awesome. Tubular, just to name a few. Here are some words and phrases from the ‘80s you might have forgotten.

Testicular – When someone does something ballsy or brave.
Don’t be so Gaddafi – When someone does something mean spirited or displeasing.
Don’t be so Allaytola – See above.
Don’t be so Gorbachev – See above above.
Hinckley’d – When someone almost hits their target.
Royal Wedding – Having a party.
A Corey – Your best friend.
Max Headroom – Cutting edge technology.
Buckner – A huge mistake.
E.T. – A person in the U.S. illegally.
Pop Rocks – Crack cocaine.

About Chris Durant

Chris Durant has worked at not working for decades. He has held roughly 100 jobs through his employment career, from a driving range ball picker upper to a door to door film salesman. He started his first magazine, Mean Spirited Willie, in Sacramento around 1997. Since then he has been the publisher of Slow Kids Playing, First Draft, Notes From an American Nobody, Fat Llama Spit and Short Bus Magazine. Durant and co-founder Sarah Godlin created Savage Henry after he was shoved aside as the editor of his local daily newspaper’s entertainment magazine. In the early meetings Durant's wife, Monica, and another writer for Northern Lights, Josh Duke, laid down the groundwork for what the magazine has evolved into. Durant writes, edits, sells ads, manages ad clients and delivers the magazine as well as books stand-up comedians for Savage Henry's monthly comedy shows and its annual Savage Henry Magazine Comedy Festival (formerly SHITS and Giggles Comedy Festival). He also co-produces and co-hosts the magazine's weekly podcast, the Savage Henry Magazine Radio Program. He lives in McKinleyville, California with his wife, three of his children, two dogs, two cats and his Playstation 3.

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