From Our ReadersBringing Back Dat Retro SlangFrom Our Readers

Retro is in! Our generation is obsessed with the past. Maybe it’s because all the facts are so easily accessible on the Internet. Or maybe it’s just because we have Instagram. I mean I definitely want all my pictures to look like the ones of my Dad when he had long hair.

Yes, baggy dresses with fringe are my favorite and who wouldn’t kill for a sweet ol’ El Camino. (I personally begged my parents to let me have one as my first car. They don’t come with seatbelts. That’s how old they are, and that’s how quickly my parents said ‘no’.) But there’s even more to love from the past besides the style trends. There’s even more to love than their desire to actually change the world instead of this apathy that currently plagues us.

Words, man. Slang back in the day was more than cutting words in half, or acronyms or just throwing on some ‘Z’s. Fo Shizzle. The slang was creative, and silly and something I think would make us all cooler if we bring it back.

See ya later apathy, and hello to my petition to bring back some slang. Here are a few I’m personally gunning for:

“Dixie Fried” – Drunk.
“Attention friends, I am Dixie fried and would like to go dancing!’

“And how” – To Agree.
“Do you want to get Froyo?”
“And How!”

“Carry a Torch” – To like-like someone.
“Yes I am carrying a torch for Ryan Gosling even though I will probably never meet him!”

“Rag-a-muffin” – A dirty, messy person.
“Suzie, that dress is not vintage, it’s from a thrift store and you look like a rag-a-muffin.”

“You slay me” – That’s funny.
“Women shouldn’t be able to vote.”
“Oh ha, you slay me!”

“Bogart” – To Hog.
“Stop bogarting the dip Cheryl, we’re all hovering over here for a reason.”

“Chrome Domed” – A bald guy.
“I know I’m approaching my mid twenties because I’m starting to be kinda attracted to the Chrome Domed.”

“Copasetic” — All good, cool.
“Everything is copasetic; my roommate’s cat and I are snuggling and watching “Newsroom.””

I look forward to hearing these practiced on the streets! **Disclaimer: All examples of word use are not pulled from personal experiences. Especially that last one.

You can read more from Melanie Burstin on her blog and follow her on Twitter.

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  1. I actually use most of these, maybe I won’t sound so funny when everyone else starts!

  2. I still use copacetic and “and how” in sentences.

  3. I have spent my whole life using most of these! Gotta thank my Brooklyn born mama for that. “You are not running around like some rag-a-muffin child!”

  4. What about “fresh”? :). I heard Lucy use it on I Love Lucy. That’s one of my favorites.

  5. i say copacetic when i wait tables its my closing line, “here’s your check whenever you guys are ready. i hope everything was copacetic”

  6. hahahah I will never stop saying Dixie Fried, and how, & you slay me. Best words I’ve ever thought to use to communicate with. All these words will be repeated multiple times as I will be dixie fried tonight.

  7. Well I can foresee me going around for at least a good week calling everyone I meet a ‘Rag-a-muffin’ now!

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