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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

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How to Sound Like a Cool Mom

You know why “Jiggy” is one of the greatest slang words ever coined? Because it not only takes you to a different decade, it takes you to a different dimension. In a jiggy world, the suits are always shiny and silver, the wigs are always a natural neon blue, the economy is indelibly Big Willie Clintonian. Will Smith was no longer the Fresh Prince, but he was no longer a Scientologist. He was a movie star, but had yet to get old and serious. It is capitalist Zen. The Prada bag will always have a lot of stuff in it. Your condo is infinite. You dance around the sarcophagus. Floor seats every game. Jiggy is the apex. We should be so lucky to get jiggy again.

Over at The Passion of the Weiss they're counting down the "25 Greatest Outdated Rap Slang Words." "Phat," bling bling," and "scrilla" made the list while "fo' shizzle" did not, so it's probably fine to keep saying that one.

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Josh is like Germany Ambitious and Misunderstood

my mom made a point to tell me my brother's 3rd grade teacher is hot.

cool momz?

I'm Right on Top of that, Rose

I just want you to know, if you ever need anything, don't be shy, OK? There are NO rules in the house. I'm not like a *regular* mom, I'm a *cool* mom.

Dancercise

"Is there alcohol in this?"

"Do you want a little bit? If you're going to drink, I'd rather you do it in the house."

lisma

@I'm Right on Top of that, Rose "Mom? Could you go fix your hair?"

Xanthophyllippa

@lisma "Just drop me off at the corner, Mom, really."

Rock and Roll Ken Doll

Look, I'm not going to dispute the substantial extent to which the Benjamins are at issue, but I think your assertion goes too far.

teaandcakeordeath

Is it ok to sound like a 'cool mom' if you're not a mom? Or cool.

KatnotCat

@teaandcakeordeath I have long suspected all my boyfriend really wants from me is for me to act like a cool mom.

teaandcakeordeath

@KatnotCat
Start calling him buster!

Megasus

Living in a jiggy world is all I want to do with my life.

Megasus

@Megano! also I just started #livininajiggyworld on twitter, use it wisely folks

mooseketeer

I accidentally said "scrilla" in front of my husband recently and now he won't stop saying it. How can I get it to stop?

katiemcgillicuddy

@mooseketeer You can't. You have brought this upon yourself, and it will haunt you. Godspeed.

Slutface

Do people still say "word is born"? I still like saying that, but I just say it in my head :(

Probs

@Slutface wasn't it "word is bond?"

Reginal T. Squirge

Yup. I had this exact same problem with a friend years ago. It was like a hip-hop version of "Who's On First" trying to explain that shit.

Slutface

@Reginal T. Squirge Everyone said "word is born" in my high school. I always thought it was a reference to the Run DMC song?

mlle.gateau

The fact that I am only familiar with five of these words probably means that I never have been and never will be in danger of being cool.

Verity

@mlle.gateau Same here.

leonstj

9. I have used nine of these un-ironically in the last, I dunno, week? (herb, chickenhead, no diggity, dun, def, lampin', honey, buster, scrilla)

Also not on this list, but used on a regular basis? Dope, as in "That shit is dope." The Fire, as in "Yo, this new video is the fire." Realness, as in "These new shoes are fucking realness."

leonstj

@leon s - Also, can we talk all day about how under-rated the song "Bling Bling" has become? I get that it ruined public discourse for most of the years 1999-2006, but have you listened to it lately? Straight bangin'.

meganmaria

@leon s I'm under the impression that "realness" is more a drag queen term.

See: Chad Michaels is serving First Lady realness

leonstj

@meganmaria - I was not aware of this at all. Whatever.

Oh, I also realized in discussing with a friend, I also apparently still use "Steez", "stee-lo", "fresh", "nasty", "slammin'", "flava", "wildin'" and "tight" in a way that indicates I am an old.

Also, I still end all phone conversations outside of the work place with "peace", or sometimes "peace, son".

HeyThatsMyBike

@leon s Panky ring worth about fiddy.
Seriously though, that song is group. Lil Wayne was just a wee baby!
That and the Big Tymers' "Still Fly" are probably my two favorite Cash Money tunes from that era.

redheaded&crazy

@leon s I think I would like to start using "dope" more often. I'm going to try to add it to my vocabulary and see how many parties I get kicked out of.

remargaret

@leon s Totally. A girl called my earrings "tight" the other night, and I thought, "I should call things 'tight' more."

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@leon s What's "stee-lo"? In French, stylo (same pronunciation) means pen.

hungrybee

@jen325 I say steelo for style... all the damn time.

whateverlolawants

@leon s I think I would really enjoy talking to you in real life. I had a boss who talked like that once, and I loved it. He also threw in lots of stoner/slacker terms. "Yo, are we gonna kick it after work?"

Alli525

@leon s I get made fun of a lot for saying "on the regular" although that might be more of a Justin Timberlake thing than an actual rap/hip-hop thing.

Lisa Frank

@leon s I've been trying to bring herb back for years!

KatPruska

@redheaded&crazie Dad?

leonstj

@whateverlolawants - I am not quite Slater from Dazed & Confused, nor would many (if any, at the moments) of the appellations in "The Joker" (S.M. Band, 1973) apply to me - it's more of a frame-shift thing. It generally comes out the most when I am drinking & in my kitchen, which is my "safe space".

"On the regs" is also amazing and I love it. Also, Bring my 9 up to 10, cuz I used "knockin' boots" without realizing it until I got made fun of earlier today.

whateverlolawants

@leon s I feel like you told us some story about you being drunk in your kitchen once. Was that you? What was the story? Or are there a lot of those stories?

whateverlolawants

@Alli525 Would you date me on the regular?

Ham Snadwich

@leon s - I reply to most emails with "Word." and also use "on the regular", dope and steez more or less daily.

Co-sign on Bling Bling and Still Fly. One of my neighbors has an Escalade that runs out of gas pretty often because he puts like $5 in at a time. Still Fly runs through my head every time I see him.

I was thinking about the gasface the other day, but I'm pretty sure no one knows what that is.

HeyThatsMyBike

@HeyThatsMyBike Also apparently "great" autocorrected to "group" in my above comment. Though I could just pretend "group" is also an awesome old slang term.

HeyThatsMyBike

@Ham Snadwich "Got a quarter tank of gas/In my new E-Class"

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@Ham Snadwich I always thought it was the face you make when somebody farts. But I'm most likely wrong.

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@Ham Snadwich Damn, I wish I had my own office so I could watch late 80's rap videos! I WILL TRY TO WATCH LATER OK

WaityKatie

Ahahahhaaaa Audi 5000.

christonacracker

@WaityKatie Until this list I thought it was "outie 5000," like you were outta here. I am definitely Not Cool.

Reginal T. Squirge

You were still kind of right.

olivebee

@christonacracker Same here! I always thought it was Outie because I can only picture someone like Amber from Clueless saying it. Not someone who knows car trivia.

HeyThatsMyBike

@olivebee It was Audi 5000, but they meant the homonym you're referring to. Double meaning! So you're still right!

fondue with cheddar

@christonacracker I'd never heard the term before today, but I knew where they were going with it because I was aware of the sudden acceleration issue. I'm pretty uncool.

whateverlolawants

@WaityKatie Oh man, my college boyfriend's friend used to say that a lot. And then we heard him blasting Powerman 5000 ("When Worlds Collide") through the walls when he had a girl in his room, so we privately referred to him as "Audi 5000", "Powerman 5000", and just "5000" for a long time.

WaityKatie

@christonacracker I only knew it was Audi because this kid in 5th grade was always drawing pictures of Audis and writing or saying that.

NiceDress

@christonacracker Now that I've seen your username, I'm reminded that this non-rappy, not particularly cool, but fun-to-say expression exists. I'm totally gonna be all "Christ on a cracker!" the next time something surprises me today.

whateverlolawants

@WaityKatie I forgot about how kids were always drawing cars back in school.

Xanthophyllippa

@NiceDress I may or may not have used it in an email to my program director today. Ahem.

solaria

Am I the only one who thinks that a bunch of these words still get used? Like bling-bling might be dead (except for my korean middle school students, who think it means clean), but "bling" and "blingin'" are alive and well.

redheaded&crazy

@sunshinefiasco all I know is my grandma uses "bling" when we go shopping together, and lady knows her sequins, so yes, I would say it is indeed alive and well.

whateverlolawants

@redheaded&crazie I work in a store that sells very shiny things, and "bling" is alive and well in many demographics!

cuminafterall

One of my coworkers called me "the heat" yesterday in an email (as in, "Hey thanks, cuminafterall, you're the HEAT!").

Is this a slang thing or an instance of autocorrect? Looking at the keyboard, I see he could have meant "best." But me being the heat, it just sounds right.

remargaret

@cuminafterall I would assume I had just been called a cop.

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@remargaret Or a basketball team.

maybe partying will help

Ok. All right. I'm late to the game, but between this and light discussion of 10 Things I Hate About You on Twitter (AND Tumblr) yesterday, I must bust out my best Dr. Stratford.

"I'm down, I've got the 411, and you are not going out and getting jiggy with some boy, I don't care how dope his ride is!"

...also is "debo" still in use? I definitely still say that. Actually count me among those who still say a lot of the words on this list, and many others. Not sure I want to be friends with someone who doesn't occasionally floss.

Pop Pop

Though it doesn't come from a rap song, I only recently made the switch from calling guys 'scrubs' to 'jags.' Neither I think is very cool, actually, but at least I'm not using a term that isn't over 10 years old anymore!

whateverlolawants

@Pop Pop I've never heard "jags." Where is it from? Is it the same thing as a scrub?

acid burn

@Pop Pop Haha, no, now you're using one that's like 70 years old instead! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jagoff

Pop Pop

@whateverlolawants and @acid burn no no, I mean 'jag' in the sense Britta Perry from Community uses it- i.e. douche, jerk, idiot, generally terrible person etc. Although, knowing Britta, perhaps she is using the 70 year old insult? This would not surprise me.

acid burn

@Pop Pop Yeah, that's what it means. It's been around for a long time, but then so have most of the best insults.

redheaded&crazy

what about "yo"? I say it all the time, and granted I sound like an idiot doing so, but it's just so good I can't give it up. (but does anybody else still say this? maybe it's still really popular! fuck if I know)

Lily Rowan

@redheaded&crazie Where in the sentence? I'm going to say there's a big difference between "Yo, check this out," and "Check it out, yo."

Lily Rowan

@Lily Rowan Speaking as a Lady of the Eighties.

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@redheaded&crazie YO IS TIMELESS

redheaded&crazy

@Lily Rowan It depends on the sentence! I think I've used it in both respects. Which is worse? I can't even tell (a sign that I should perhaps not be using it)

Lily Rowan

@redheaded&crazie I actually have no idea, but I'm SURE there is a difference. Yo.

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@Lily Rowan I think "yo" in the beginning of the sentence is trying to get your attention or convey the importance of what's about to follow, whereas "yo" at the end of the sentence just sounds friendly to me.

WaityKatie

@jen325 Or, if you live in the Philadelphia area, you can pretty much use it as any and all parts of a sentence.

fondue with cheddar

@WaityKatie I live in the Philadelphia area, yo!

whateverlolawants

My sister made fun of me for saying "chilling out" from approximately 1999-2007 (and to this day, sporadically.) As in, "Oh, nothing much, just chilling out." Was that so weird at the time? Did anyone else say that?

cuminafterall

@whateverlolawants Maybe people said "chillin'" more than "chilling out" at the time? Like the Hostess cupcake commercial, "chillin' with the cream fillin'."

Haha, nope. Sisters will just make fun of you for whatever reason/no reason.

fondue with cheddar

@cuminafterall I don't have a sister, but my sister-in-law uses outdated slang like "word up" all the time, and I make fun of her. :)

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@jen325 Of course, you can't really blame her because no matter where you say it you know that you'll be heard.

Ophelia

@whateverlolawants I actually use "chill out" as a command for my dog? I don't even know what that makes me, but "cool" probably isn't it.

fondue with cheddar

@Ophelia At least you don't say "take a chill pill".

whateverlolawants

@jen325 Yeah, I would never say that.

@cuminafterall Yes, that was her contention. "Just say chillin'!"

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@whateverlolawants My sister-in-law says that. She's super dorky but I love her anyway.

miss buenos aires

@jen325 My aunt loves "chillaxin'." I mean she loves the word; she doesn't chillax very often.

fondue with cheddar

@miss buenos aires Haha, it is a fun word. She should definitely chillax more often.

redheaded&crazy

what about "chillin like a villain" we all use that right that one's still cool right?

Stevie

@Ophelia I tell my kitten to COOL OUT when he's attacking my head in the middle of the night.

EpWs

@redheaded&crazie "Gellin like a felon."

Ham Snadwich

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher - "maxin' and relaxin'"?

whateverlolawants

Also, did anyone read the story for "No Diggity" about Gordon the coworker?! It started off so funny and then ended so terribly. :(

fondue with cheddar

@whateverlolawants Yeah, I told myself it was a joke. Please be a joke.

Nutmeg

I'm in this movie my friend Paul wrote and now that I'm around him so often I'm starting to talk like the kid. "Yoooo, what up kid," "Word, word," and, "A'ight, I'll see you around dude," are all things I have nonironically said recently. In a wicked townie accent too, obviously.

Blushingflwr

I taught my mother to say "why you gotta hate?" It was pretty hilarious.

Bebe

I'm so old I'm still using "dude" unironically. It has so many meanings!

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