Fun 90s Slang Phrases That You Should Still Use

9 August 2023
By Sarah Angela Almaden
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Do you have to have a reason to learn some 90s slang? Hah. No. Anyone can learn 90s slang. It doesn’t matter how old you are. Maybe babbling babies might find it difficult to say other words besides the usual baby words such as mama, papa, goo goo gaga, waah waah waah. So learning 90s slang for these babies might come at a later time. However, people, those older than babies, of course, can learn and even use 90s slang in their day-to-day conversations. These types of English slang words make dull conversations more fun and exciting and colorful. Plus, they are also used on many social media platforms, as well as movies, songs, books, shows, and more that you can think of.

Remember the iconic and very catchy song “No Scrubs” by TLC? If you’ve never heard of it, don’t worry because the song is just a couple of scrolls down. Going back to the TLC song, the title itself uses 90s slang which is the word “scrubs” and it is the plural form of the word “scrub.” In the song, TLC tells us what a scrub is and reminds us to be careful when we encounter one. I guess, the song is more of a warning to just be aware of this type of not-so-fly guy because he is definitely bad news. When you meet a scrub, run!

  • Scrub: a guy who has no money and no prospects and lives off of others; according to TLC “a scrub is a guy that thinks he’s fly and is also known as a busta, always talking about what he wants, and just sits on his broke ass”
  • Yo: aka “hey”
  • Homey: aka “friend”
  • Whatever: a passive-aggressive way of saying “agree to disagree”
  • Talk to the hand: aka “I don’t want to hear anymore of it,” make sure to put your hand up when saying this expression
  • I’m outtie: aka “I gotta go”
  • Dang it: a-not-so-offensive version of “d@mn it”
  • Fly: aka “cool”
  • Fresh: aka “cool”
  • Tight: aka “cool”
  • This is so phat: aka “that is so cool”
  • All that and a bag of chips: a compliment that describes someone or something that is very, very, very cool and special
  • Dead presidents: money or paper bills
  • No diggity: aka “no doubt”
  • What’s crackalackin: aka “what’s up” or “what’s happening”
  • What’s the dealio: aka “what’s going on” or “what’s the deal”
  • My bad: aka “I’m sorry” or “it’s my fault and I’m sorry”
  • Crunk: very excited; a type of hip-hop dance music
  • As if: another way of sarcastically saying “yeah, right”
  • Clowning: to joke around and act very silly
  • Crib: aka “house”
  • Bling bling: very expensive and very flashy jewelry
  • Ice: aka “diamonds”
  • Hella: aka “very” or “a lot”
  • Let’s bounce: aka “let’s leave”
  • No, duh: aka “isn’t it obvious”
  • You’re trippin: aka “you’re joking” or “you’re crazy”
  • Yadda-yadda-yadda: an interjection used to end a long, boring talk; aka “blah blah blah”
  • Cowabunga: an expression used to express excitement
  • Buggin: to act crazy
  • What’s the 411: aka “what’s the information” or “what’s going on”