The Best of the 80s


I love the 80s. I didn’t necessarily love them when I was in them, but I love them now. How can you not? I dare you to find a woman in her thirties who doesn’t put down the remote when Girls Just Wanna Have Fun comes on or won’t rock out to Borderline in the car. If there are any, I certainly don’t want to be friends with them.

More than the music, movies or television, though, it’s the language that penetrates my everyday life. Such jewels as “barf me out,” “gag me with a spoon” and “take a chill pill” are uttered from my lips embarrassingly often. “Eat shit and die?” I think it’s inspired– perfectly descriptive and to the point. “Bite me” is genius as well. “No shit, Sherlock?” What an incredibly valuable phrase and better, even, is “no, doy.” And, let’s not forget “Fuck’n A.” Curse words don’t come better than that.

Other fantabulous words from the 1980s? Dweeb. Gnarly. Buggin’. Lame. Stoked. Bogart. Spazz. Wicked. I could go on all day, but I won’t. It’s a pretty stellar list, and it just doesn’t get the respect it deserves. Don’t you agree?

I hope you’ll join me in bringing back the verbiage belonging to the decade of jelly shoes, crimped hair, legwarmers and Trapper Keepers. I think we can agree to leave the scrunchies in the past, but these gems are just too good to be forgotten. Consider this a call to action, my friends.  Once you embrace them, you’ll wonder how you ever let these words language. They’re truly outrageous.

Like, totally.


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    Mrs.Mayhem says

    Oh, Scary Mommy, you are so cool! Couldn’t agree more with this post.

    My ipod is full of bad 80s rock music! It’s the BEST for exercising!

    My personal fave quote from the 80s is: drop dead and rot.
    .-= Mrs.Mayhem´s last blog ..Spring Break, Day 3 =-.

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    Lanita Moss says

    I forgot “eat shit and die.” I love “eat shit and die.” The 80’s were just more simple and easy…except that it required more hairspray than it does now.
    .-= Lanita Moss´s last blog ..When Your BFF is a Psychic =-.

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    This Mama Works It! says

    I love 80s movies and music but not 80s style. Remember the banana clips? Or the poofs! OMG…I wore one of those for my homecoming dance. Banana clip in the back poof in the front…
    .-= This Mama Works It!´s last blog ..The Most Money I Ever Made With One Auction Selling On Ebay =-.

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    Suzanne from pretty*swell says

    Grody to the max!

    Also, love notes that ask your intended, “Will you go with me? Check one: yes or no.” Do kids still do that?

    Great post — thanks for the trip down memory lane!!
    .-= Suzanne from pretty*swell´s last blog ..Work Force(d) =-.

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    Maggie says

    Like, totally!!! I rocked my banana clip, and my jelly shoes!! Ahhhh! Back when fashion made no sense and MTV was rockin. Good times…oops, I mean totally rad!

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    Mayhem and Moxie says

    Best. Post. Evah.

    And not because I had something to do with it.

    I do believe you were missing twat in your line-up, though. Totally fine if you want to quickly update your post. I won’t tell anyone.

    What’s really hilarious is that last night, when I should have been cleaning, folding laundry, paying bills, blogging, or about a million other things, I was sitting on my ass watching Girls Just Wanna Have Fun…

    …because I must. I’m pretty sure it is part of some child of the ’80s code.
    .-= Mayhem and Moxie´s last blog ..Becoming the Next Dooce: A How To Guide =-.

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    Sara -- The Football Wife says

    “Gag me with a spoon” is classic! And while I realize that leg warmers went out with Jane Fonda’s fertility, I would love to rock a pair today!!!

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