Originally Posted by mollysimo
I love seeing you oldies talking about the new slang, and I'm not trying to say that in a mean you-guys-are-such-old-farts way, trust me; I've been out of the loop too until recently (I'm a 15 yr old skier... yes it's embarrassing to say I was out of the loop). My dad finds the new skier/boarder lingo quite humorous, and it's interesting how you can explain things over and over to him and he still says things like "we wacked the ski slopes today," (which, by the way is COMPLETELY wrong usage of the word wack, so please, please don't ever say that). It's nice to see people at least try to understand what's going on.
Here are some definitions for you guys. You can find more on http://www.telluridemagazine.com/current/story3.asp
. Some of it is local lingo (such as the term "Ophiring", so please don't use those anywhere else but Telluride).
Wack- totally uncool, not good. "it's wack that I kept falling on that blue run... I looked like such a loser."
Steaze- a combination of "style" and "ease". when someone pulls off a really awesome trick and makes it look easy, you would say "they have steaze," or "that was some mad steaze"
Mad- lots, crazy, awesome.
Gnarly, gnar, gnar gnar- really awesome/ sick/ cool. can also mean potentially dangerous and exciting.
Sketch- dangerous. "we were skiing off-piste and I barely made it down that sketch cliff"
To clear some things up:
Gaper- a tourist in a bright one-piece suit who has no idea what they're doing. this term comes from the "gaper gap" which is the gap between the helmet/hat and goggles that tourists tend to have. a gaper does not have to have a gaper gap to be a gaper. not all people who suck at skiing and fall over a lot are gapers. gapers are totally idiotic people who really are clueless.
Bro has been around since long before I was born. Brah is the "new" term- mostly used in surfing and skateboarding.
Stoked is still used.
Yard sale is still used, though there are many other ways to say someone has completely wiped out.
I love when a "newbie" (aka youngster) caps on the "oldies" (i.e. adults who've been around the proverbial bend) for their use/missuse of slang and then attempts to tell them that "brah is a "new" term.
I first heard "brah" almost 20 years ago, and since i'm not a surfer (just went to college in a surfing town) i'd hazzard a guess that it was in use long before i ever heard it. i'd hardly call a term that has 2 decades + of use "new."
ironically, i never had heard the term "gaper" until a few season ago. and when i heard it the person using it wasn't even referring to skiers/boarders. he said it in reference to the people who slow down on the freeway when there's an accident and "gape" at the carnage. I remember saying don't you mean "gawkers?"
also, "gnarly" is as old as "brah" and then some.
call me off my rocker, but i think a lot of the OG (original gangsta)/Old School ski/boarder slang was ripped from surfing, so you're dealing with a lot of words that were in play in a strictly jargon sense as far back as the late '50s and early '60s, becoming incredibly widespread in the '70s and '80s.
of course when you talk slang, regardless of what activity it's attached to, there are always "local" words.
for example if somebody uses "hella" or "hecka" chances are they're from the San Francisco Bay Area, specifically the East Bay region (Oakland, Walnut Creek, Berkeley, Castro Valley, etc).
and while "dude" has become pretty widespread and unisexual in context, it still "usually" denotes somebody from the West Coast.
I believe that Rap music provided the world with one of the last truly epic surges of slang. as such it has done a lot to morph the way kids (and stunted adults like me) speak. The way that rap and other forms of popular music have infiltrated popular culture thanks to MTV and Walmart means that kids growing up in Oklahoma City can emulate those in NYC, SF, Chicago, etc.
It's the never-ending phenomena that was brilliantly outlined in the great movie Breaking Away where the one kid was so consumed by cycling that he learned Italian. Kids (and stunted adults) will always gravitate toward a cool lingo, especially if it's attached to something that they love (rap music, snowboarding, heavy metal, Star Wars).
with the advent of Youtube, MySpace, Facebook, and the Interwebs very few slang words are area specific anymore, unless you begin to delve into truly localized sectors.
also what' funny here is that original slang was meant as code, if i'm not mistaken. used by criminals, drug dealers, and any other outsiders who needed to communicate around the authorities. slang also develops in closed communities (Boontville once had it's own singular language "Boont" upon which many a college language professor's career was made decyphering it...you can still find books on Boont).
anyway, slang is slang and most of it is a lot older than you think.
in terms of the word "wack" i have long maintained that there are 2 distinctly separate spellings of the word, each with different meanings.
"wack" = weak.
example: "it is totally wack how Molly's pops doesn't understand slang."
"whack" = the act of striking something.
example: Molly whacked her dad upside the head because he keeps saying "wack".
btw, i get around all of this by creating my own slang all the time. at one time i actually had a "Dookey Dictionary" of all the words I'd created over the years. some were picked up and used by others, but most were just relegated to me and my friends.
of course with the advent of the Interwebs and countless slang websites, anybody can create a word and add it to one of the many slang dictionaries floating around the Web, thus "legitimizing" it.