Each generation carries their own slang and over use of a word. Everything from “rad”, “groovy”, “happenin”, “hip”, “slammin'” to “swool”, “epic”, “fail”, “win”. I know that we’re all guilty over using the current most “hip” and “happenin” words that are “for the win” and totally “epic”, and myself included.
I’m continuously finding myself somehow creating my own use of words and people looking at my dumbfounded and asking “huh??” My two favorites are ‘hammer out’ and ‘hardcore’. It’s not like I’m the only one, but I don’t often hear them used like I do. I’ll say something like, ‘I’m going to hammer out these boxes of shipment/paperwork and go hardcore on ’em!’ then I hear, ‘uhhh what?’
Taking this another way, I also get glazed looks from using obsolete or uncommon ‘smart’ words. I address people by sir and ma’am quite often, even during casual conversations. I once said “thank you, sir!” to my teacher in highschool as he was walking away. He stopped, looked at me shocked, and asked why I said sir. I would think it would be more questionable if I said ‘thank you, dick!’.
With today’s texting lingo, I sadly often hear people actually saying ‘I’m laughing out loud!” or “L-O-L!” in face-to-face conversations. Hmm really? I think if you would just make some audible giggles, it would be quite apparent that you are in deed laughing out loud without having to say it.
As far local dialects, I am so proud to be a speaker of Pittsburghese. This is by far the best example of what the fuck did you just say!? For anyone not familiar with its stupid awesomeness, check it out!
[cool enough for its own website! Chyeah, man!
So, what does everyone else use in their daily conversations?