10 ’90s Slang Terms That Were Actually Annoying

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Buckle up, time travelers, because we’re about to hop into our linguistic DeLorean and speed back to the ’90s, a decade rife with Tamagotchis, Beanie Babies, and some slang terms that were as cringe-worthy as they were catchy. Back then, whipping out one of these phrases could either earn you a knowing nod or a face full of hair mousse from your scrunchie-clad classmate. They were the linguistic equivalent of snap bracelets: instantly recognizable but borderline hazardous. So, let’s take a walk down memory lane, and have a good chuckle at the way we used to talk. Shall we?

All That And A Bag Of Chips

One could almost hear the universe sighing every time a ’90s kid declared something was “all that and a bag of chips.” Essentially, this meant something was the bee’s knees – if the bees were bloated from too many potato chips. It’s a phrase that tries so hard to be cool that it trips over its own shoelaces. So, the next time you think you’re hot stuff, just remember we used to compare awesomeness to salty snacks, and suddenly, your ego might feel a little deflated… like an old bag of chips.

Eat My Shorts

Bart Simpson might’ve thought he was the king of comebacks with “Eat my shorts,” but let’s be real, it paints a confusing picture. Are we to dine on denim? Nibble on nylon? Feast on fabric? This insult was supposed to pack a punch, but really, it just left everyone scratching their heads and checking the lunch menu for alternative options that didn’t involve clothing.

Talk to the Hand

Ah, the good old hand-to-face shutdown. “Talk to the hand, ’cause the face ain’t listening” might’ve sounded like a snappy retort if you were trying to ward off your pesky little brother, but anyone else? Nada. You know what’s better than talking to a hand? Genuine conversation. I mean, if our hands were chatty, wouldn’t we just become our own best friends? Sure beats waiting on call hold for customer service.


Northern California’s pride and joy, “hella” spread like wildfire, and suddenly, everything was hella this or hella that. But wait – the next generation thinks they’re slick, trying to pull a switcheroo with “hecka”? Nice try, whippersnappers; we’ve got your number. A little piece of the ’90s that refuses to die, “hella” is the linguistic equivalent of those frosted tips that just won’t grow out.

Da Bomb

Throwing “da bomb” around in conversation was the ’90s way of saying, “This is tops!” But let’s ponder the effort savings here: “Da” versus “the.” Two letters. That’s it. We were basically cutting linguistic corners and leaving behind a phrasing that sounds more like a bathroom accident than praise. And let’s be honest, anyone who used it was secretly hoping it wouldn’t blow up in their face.

Bling Bling

When “bling bling” became synonymous with shiny adornments, we didn’t think twice. But really, it sounds like someone’s playing a broken slot machine, not flaunting their wealth. Maybe we should’ve just stuck to “jewelry” – fewer syllables, and less chance of someone checking their pockets for loose change.

What’s Crackalackin’?

Why use three syllables when you can use fourteen? “What’s crackalackin’?” makes a simple “what’s up?” feel like climbing linguistic Mount Everest. It’s the kind of phrase that exhausts you before the conversation even starts. Efficiency, folks – it’s not just for cell phones and electric cars.

Who’s Your Daddy?

Ah yes, the gold medalist in the Olympic games of discomfort. “Who’s your daddy?” was supposed to assert dominance, but really, it just made people think of paternal figures and their day jobs – not exactly the power move you were going for. Little Sam’s dad, the local pharmacist, is probably still wondering why he became the talk of the town.

Cut… It… Out…

Credit to Uncle Joey from “Full House” for this chuckle-factory of a catchphrase, paired with an elaborate hand routine better suited for directing air traffic. Sure, the studio audience would erupt with laughter, but that’s likely because there was a neon ‘APPLAUSE!’ sign blaring in their vision. Admit it, you practiced the hand gestures in your mirror – everybody did.

Home Skillet
Referring to friends as “home skillet” was as peculiar as it sounds. Nobody knew why we did it; it’s like we just raided the kitchen for friendship synonyms. But here’s the deal – unless you’re planning to whip up a batch of pancakes together, let’s leave cookware out of our endearments.

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