"That's my name, don't wear it out!" The 1990s were a virtual goldmine for all manner of cultural catch phrases and lingo. How well do remember '90s slang?
"Da bomb" means something is crazy cool. "Did you see that new 'Jurassic Park' movie? It's da bomb!"
A crib is someone's house. "Yo, how 'bout y'all come back to my crib and we'll get crunk."
"Cool beans" is a phrase of agreement. So if you ask a cute guy wearing a flannel shirt to the Nine Inch Nails concert and he says, "cool beans," you'll soon be rocking out.
"OK, I get it, you met this nice girl and she told you about her Beanie Baby collection. Yadda yadda yadda."
"Boo-yah" expresses excitement. "Boo-yah! I got a "C" on my calculus quiz and scored tickets to the Alanis Morissette concert on the same day!"
To "bounce" is to leave. "Yo, dawg, I see that you have exactly two other people here. Wild party and all, but we're going to bounce."
"Everything's cool here, man, so you can quit trippin'. Just calm down and we'll go home and play Nintendo."
"Oh, you don't like my new parachute pants? Whatever." "Whatever" just means that you're expressing indifference.
"Yo lady, your dad was buggin' when he found out you were dating that guy without his permission!" "Buggin'" means that someone is freaking out.
Oh, it's good all right. It's downright great. Something that's "phat" is amazing.
You don't want no "scrubs," right ladies? A scrub is someone who is, from a social standpoint, pretty insignificant.
"All that and a bag of chips" means that something is completely and totally amazing. So that boy must be something special. That, or he really likes Doritos.
"OK, so you grab the pizza, the Coke, and the girls and head back to my place. Got it?" "Word."
Clowns are often borderline scary. So if someone is "clownin'" on someone else, it's because they're angry or maybe even crazy.
"Wicked" is very good, indeed. "Check out the wicked rims on that Cadillac! They must be 36 inches!"
"Hey, I think this is the winning lottery ticket! You can just have it, OK? Psyche!" Then you take the lottery ticket and walk away.
"As if" means very, unlikely or flat-out "no way." "You want to borrow my vintage Soundgarden T-shirt for the Katy Perry concert? As if!"
"Talk to the hand, 'cause I don't have time for this." Then you just walk away, because you don't want that weirdo literally talking to your hand, or your feet, either, for that matter.
"Yo, I hear you were out with that new chick at school. What's the 4-1-1?" It means you're asking for the news or the scoop on a situation.
Telling someone to "step off" is a warning. "Hey, that's my girlfriend, so step off. She doesn't need your dirty paws all over her backside."
"All" is frequently used in place of "like." "He got to class and he was all, you know all unshowered and unshaved. I bet he was all, like, partying all night long."
"Mom, I was home by midnight and we were just hanging out, I promise! Take a chill pill and calm down."
"No duh" means, "obviously," but in a sarcastic way. "You think Bill Clinton might be lying to the media? No duh!"
If she's being "salty," she's being kind of angry, perhaps for no really good reason. "Calm down and quit being so salty!"
Someone or something that is "fly" is very cool. "Check out that cute cheerleader. She's so fly!"
"Cindy Crawford, she's so hot! Schwing!" "Schwing" is frequently used to indicate that someone is attractive.
"Wow, did you see the new line of Beanie Babies? Oh man, they are off the hook! I'm going to buy all of them after I mortgage my house."
Hella means something is tremendously great. "Wow, that sandwich you just made me? It was hella tight!"
Made incredibly popular by a Budweiser TV campaign, it became a catch phrase of the 90s. "Whassup" became a greeting for just about every situation.
In the '90s, a series of post office shootings spawned a new catch phrase: "going postal." It means to go crazy, potentially with violence.