In the time of gettin' jiggy with it and all that, How's it hangin? became the new way to say hello. Or you could simply say Waddup or the even shorter 'Sup.
When you were fine, you answered, I'm good.
When you did great, you said I rock; when you did really great, you said I rule.
When you were glad you'd rave; when you were mad, you'd rant.
There were two terms for what people today call emo. When you were overly emotional, that was called senti. When you were full of issues, that was called angsty, and people sarcastically asked you,Okay ka lang?
If you were really, really upset and angry, like crazy so, you'd go postal.
Sentences were started with dude or girl and punctuated with like.
They were often ended with You get what i mean?, You know what I'm saying? or You dig?
If you dug, you said Word or Totally.
If you felt safe enough to act gay, you said true.
e.g.To dis someone, you retorted, Your face!
Person A: Dude, this party like sucks, you know what I'm saying?
Person B: Word.
Person X: The new NIN album rocks.
Person Y: Totally.
e.g.Or you could say "Whatever!" while forming a W with your fingers.
Person X: Your dress is fugly.
Person Y: So is your face.
If you were really pissed at somebody who was constantly trippin', you held your palm up and said "Talk to the hand".
Clueless' Cher Horowitz' "As if!" was the new way to express disgust.
When you meant to highlight something, you inserted an exaggerated so or way or the word totally.
e.g.... Or you added the suffix -a** , or the prefix mondo- to whatever adjective you were using.
Paulie Shore movies are so not funny.
I am so buying myself those Skechers.
You are way obsessed with that wahini.
They are totally busted.
e.g.You said something ironic and appended it with NOT! or Psyche!.
That's one uglya** dog.
It was such a mondo boring movie.
That's one slammin' outfit. NOT!
I love you too. Psyche.
To illustrate a point, you said, as in.
He's deep. As in way below sea level deep.
She's so selfish. As in so full of herself, spoiled-rotten selfish.
I hate it. As in.
The lazy way to return a compliment was to say Back at ya.
There's also ditto, as heard from Patrick Swayze in Ghost.
Person A: Take care.
Person B: Back at ya.
Person X: I love you.
Person Y: Ditto.
Who's your daddy? is a taunt; you could also say What's my name, bitch?
A bitch was no longer just a disagreeable woman; it also meant someone (male or female) you subordinated.
A girlfriend was no longer just someone you dated; it's what girls called other girls who were their friends. And though it would have been insulting a decade earlier, it wasn't so whacked anymore to call your girlfriend a ho.
An attractive female was called a betty.
A guy who had the major jones for such a bodacious babe could go schwing! while he checked out her rack.
A baldwin was a hunky, attractive guy, also called a hottie.
A barney was the opposite.
A playa was an unfaithful guy.
A scrub (as TLC sang) is a guy who thinks he's fine and is also known as a busta.
Things you called your friends
dude / dudette
homeboy / homegirl
[my] man (for males)
Things you did with your friendsProps (short for proper credit) or snaps meant appreciation.
hang (not hang out; just hang)
My bad was the new I'm sorry.
To make an informal invitation, you asked Are you coming with? and dropped the direct object; to acquiesce, you said, I'm good to go.
Slammin' was the new cool. Wicked was good, badass was really good.
'90s ways to say "Cool"
awesome (said in the Bill and Ted manner)
excellent (said with a Ninja Turtle accent)
radical / rad
bum / bummer
It was then that we observed a (mocked) awareness of political correctness, like so:
"Visually impaired" : blind
"Hard of hearing" : deaf
"Adult female" / "womyn" : woman
"Male parent" : father
"Male offspring" : son
"Female offspring of a ruling monarch" : princess
But"politically correct" terms were easily pushed to amusing absurdities:
"Socially challenged" : antisocial / wallflower
"Intellectually challenged" : stupid
"Ethnically predisposed" : promdi
"Vertically impaired" : short
"Calorically challenged" : fat
"Technically hymenally intact" : virgin