Or should I say "good". It seems that young teenagers of the 21st century have come up with all sorts of bizarre slang terms. They say things that meant something completely different when I was growing up (and I'm only 19!).
Many of us learn English in high school, which gets replaced by the American English we hear on television and in songs. But just how good are you at the real American slang? Warning though, some of it might be a bit outdated!
Slang by its very nature may be ephemeral. Some are catchy for awhile and some find a role in colloquial exchange. Try to match the slang expression to its most commonly used intent. Quiz has an American slant.
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When a Texan says she is "fixin' to", what does it mean she is doing?
All these words are slang from the 1850s having to do with the general meaning of good, right, surprising or acceptable. They're from John Russell Bartlett's "Dictionary of Americanisms" (Boston: 1859).
The American South is famous for colorful language. Southern females are especially eloquent. Be forewarned: If you let one of these gems fall from your ruby lips in mixed (Northern) company, you will be regarded as (Ahem!) eccentric.
Things are really getting cheezy (another '80s slang term). I hope you are sitting in your acid washed jeans and blue jean jacket with lots of pop culture pins while you try to recall these slang terms of the '80s. Good luck and I'm Outtie.
Here's a "How To Speak Southern" quiz about people. I used my "How To Speak Southern" dictionary by Steve Mitchell & my own Grandmaw Gertie who raised me (RIP) as sources.
*Note: Some southern states have their own dialects. Have Fun! :)
These U.S. slang words have something to do with the north or south in 1859, just before the country was going to split apart. Can you see it coming in the language? The words are from John Russell Bartlett's "Dictionary of Americanisms" (Boston: 1859).
Cooks and waitresses in American diners have developed slang for their cooking and ordering partnerships. Here are some you might hear yelled across the counter. Sadly, there's not much evidence of how these phrases originated.
Here are some more American slang terms from yesteryear, usually once you learn one, the vocabulary fairy will visit and you'll hear or read them in the week that follows! Try it! Lots of musicians' jargon, traveling, and hometown America stuff here.
In response to an Author's Challenge, this quiz is based on Frank Zappa's 1982 hit song "Valley Girl", which brilliantly satirizes the speech and culture of teenagers from the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles. "Like, oh my God!"
Here is another sampling of some very curious terms from the not-so-distant past in America. Good luck to all! Many of these you'll probably know, others you might have heard on the late-late-late show.
This is another American Slang quiz from yesteryear mostly. Many of these terms come from people travelling around the country, musicians, old films etc. You might hear these on the late late show. Good luck!
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