I am notorious for saying things like that. I have also been known to throw a “neato” or even “groovy” into what would otherwise be considered a normal, adult conversation. “Yikes” and “holy smokes” are also among my favorites.
The terms themselves are conversation pieces. I especially enjoy using cool terms like that, because members of my generation will say something like, “I haven’t heard that word in ages,” and (this is the really fun part) – members of Generation X, Y, and the millenials just look at me like I’m from another planet. For all they know, I could be speaking ig-pay atin-lay (another language they never learned!).
When I am questioned about my use of unusual adjectives and interjections, I respond simply, “It is the language of my g-g-g-g-generation. I am a virtual glossary of retro slang and comic book terminology.
Therefore, it is with great pleasure I proclaim my vindication. This morning I heard on the news about a sort of return of retro slang (see link to Huffington Post story below). I knew it was just a matter of time before society would join me in celebrating the non-profane slang expressions of our lifetime- even if you weren’t “in with the in-crowd.” When you consider, it really is all a part of our shared cultural heritage.
Besides that, it’s just fun, and (as John Denver, one of my all-time favorite songwriters would say), “Far out!”
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