21 Phrases Gen X Thought Were Cool But Gen Z Think Are Embarrassing

Each generation possesses its own set of memorable and widely known expressions. An internet survey recently asked, “What was a big or popular saying when you were a teen?” Here are the top 21 responses.

Like, Totally

Like, Totally
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“Totally. Like, you know, whatever.”

“Nowadays, kids say ‘fr’ instead.”

That’s Whack

That_s Whack
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“I said this in a business meeting a couple of weeks ago. There was a pause and then laughter, “Did you just say whack?!” My only regret is not saying it more.”

“I’ve been saying it all this time and didn’t know it was whack to say whack.”

Homeslice

Homeslice
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“My 46-year-old son calls me Homeslice.”

“Ah, yes. Occasionally, I still throw the ‘ole “homeslice” or “homeskillet” around. To mortify my children, of course.”

That’s So Random

That_s So Random
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“With those heavily filtered photos and taking pics with air in your cheeks while squinting. Late 2000s Myspace era, man…”

“I remember the first time I heard someone use the word “random” in this context. It was so random. I obviously get it now.”

Fo’ Sho’

Fo_ Sho_
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“In a Snoop Dogg voice.”

“I say this, and I’m 29.”

That’s My Name, Don’t Wear It Out

That_s My Name, Don_t Wear It Out
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“Wow. Good times with this one.”

“This one didn’t make sense to me then and still doesn’t make sense to me now.”

NOT

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“Nice comment…NOT!”

“Borat failing to understand the concept of the NOT joke was one of the funniest parts of that whole movie.”

Booyah

Booyah
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“As a Splatoon player, I still say this often.”

“This reminds me of Kim Possible… I miss that show.”

“42 y/o here, and I still say BOOYAH, and “Booyah, Grandma!” (Especially to non-grandmas).”

Talk to the Hand

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“Talk to the hand cuz the hand doesn’t talk back is something else we would say.”

“This sparks a certain memory for me. I used to say, “Talk to the hand ’cause the face ain’t home. Leave a message at the tone, BEEP!” Which I stole… from a Barney movie.”

Cool Beans

Cool Beans
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“It’s a permanent part of my vocabulary. The first time I said it to my commanding officer in the army, he stared at me with a confused face. Thankfully he was chill.”

“I still say this. I am still trying to understand why. It just pops out now and then.”

The Bomb

The Bomb
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“Bonus cringe points for using “it’s the bomb dot com.”

“I say this because it makes everyone cringe. Even better, when someone says something intelligent, call them, “The bomb dot edu.”

Oh Snap

Oh Snap
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“Oh snap! I still use this to this day.”

“Freshman year of high school 2004. We all said it.”

Come at Me, Bro

Come at Me, Bro
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“Somehow, it returned as “Let’s go!” In one of its multitude of usages.”

“My female neighbor still says that to my male neighbor when they have loud shouting matches. We hear it through the walls.”

YOLO

YOLO
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“All those people died doing stupid things.”

“YOLO is perfect for when you’re about to do something difficult at work, where a mistake would be super expensive, and your co-workers are around.”

Whatever

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“Whatever, whatever, I do what I want. I roll with gangs. I roll with ten gangs.”

“My grandmother put a pack of pencils that said “whatever” in my stocking one year. Never has a fun word died so quickly.”

Those South Park Quotes From the First Season

Those South Park Quotes From the First Season
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“Respect mah authoritah!” or the “Bomb diggity” were my two favorites, but there’s a lot from season 1.”

“I still say that’s dope if something is really awesome.”

You’re Killin’ Me, Smalls!

You_re Killin_ Me, Smalls!
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“I work at a children’s zoo and hear gen x and old millennial moms tell their kids, “You’re killin’ me, Smalls!” all the time.”

“I say this today! But I have no idea where it’s from.”

Kick Rocks

Kick Rocks
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“Ouch. That one is still burned into my memory as the precursor to some of the most violent beatings my young self witnessed or received.”

“I still use this one.”

Jinx, You Owe Me a Coke

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“You just know Pepsi had a marketing meeting about how to counter this.”

“As an adult, it is “you owe me a beer.”

All That and a Bag of Chips

All That and a Bag of Chips
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“’90s baby!”

“The first time I said this to my nephew, he lost his mind and thought I came up with it. Now he says it all the time.”

Been There, Done That

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“That’s not from a specific time; it’s still used.”

“Read the book, saw the movie, got the T-shirt.”

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