Slang is an alternative to the use of proper language and grammar. It’s used by people for different reasons.
Some use it to be different and unique. Others use it as a form of rebellion against authority or established expectations and norms.
One way or the other, slang has a way of working itself into accepted mainstream language. Dictionaries add slang words as they become so commonly used that they are used in everyday conversations.
But there are a few slang words that are so completely annoying that we hope they never become completely acceptable.
10 The Cat’s Pajamas
This one is throwing it back…throwing it wayyyy back! In fact, throwing it back to the 1920s.
The 1920s in America was also known as “the Roaring Twenties”. It was a decade of good times and prosperity, until the Wall Street crash of late 1929.
Silly slang terms were popular at the time. One such slang term was “the cat’s pajamas”. Even though the term makes absolutely no sense, if someone said you were “the cat’s pajamas” then they considered you the very best or excellent.
We hope you find this top 10 list to be “the cat’s pajamas” too. But that doesn’t mean we’d be unhappy if we never heard it said again.
If you use the term “chillax”, then you probably are the type of person that would actually chillax.
It is a term that lazily combines two words that mean to take it easy: chill and relax. It means to just hang out, and don’t get worked up.
But if you’re really so relaxed (or lazy) that you have to merge your words to communicate, chances are you are already chillaxing too much.
One of the most annoying things about this word is that if someone does tell you to “chillax”, you probably won’t be capable of doing so as you’re so irate that they used the phrase.
There’s nothing more annoying than being told to calm down when you’re freaking out.
8 Ducky Shincracker
Ducky what? This is another slang throwback to yesteryear. In the 1940s, the American population was mainly focused on World War II and the struggles associated with that difficult time.
However, in order to draw the attention away from the sadness and horrors the war brought, the 1940s also became known as the “Swing Era”.
It was a time when the public wanted a distraction through movies, music and dance. The slang of the time reflected that need for fun too.
During the 1940s, a “ducky shincracker” was someone who was a good dancer.
Ducky shincrackers were likely the best dance partners for 1940s popular dances like the jitterbug, swing, and lindy hop.
We hope it dances off into the sunset and never returns.
7 Fo Shizzle
Thanks, Snoop Dogg. It was Snoopzilla himself who brought the world’s most irritating rap slang term “fo shizzle” into main-stream culture.
Basically, if you ask your child a simple question such as, “Would you like some mashed potatoes, honey?” and you get the answer, “Fo shizzle pops!” translate it as “Of course, I love mashed potatoes dad”.
It’s a form of answering in the affirmative to replace terms such as “for sure”, “yes” and “I agree”. However, to entirely blame Snoop for bringing this annoying slang into our homes isn’t entirely fair.
People have been adding the suffix “izz” and “izzle” to words for years to add a bit more “pizzazz” and “fizzle” to our language.
“Bae” is a new term that drives most parents “cray” (more about that term later)! The word is rumored to have origins as a form of the word “baa”…which is obviously the sound a sheep makes.
Some have also rumored that it’s a word that translates to mean “poop” in Danish. Or it could be an acronym that means “before all else”.
One way or the other, for young people today “bae” is intended to be a term of affection often referring to a boyfriend or girlfriend.
Or it might refer to someone they’d like to be romantically involved with but aren’t. Just like other affectionate terms, “bae” can also be used to refer to inanimate objects.
If your child says, “Hey pop…those mashed potatoes are bae”, he means they are really good. For adults that use proper grammar, bae is just bad.
5 Ankle Biter
Have you ever been bitten on the ankle? Fleas, ants, mosquitos, and even animals may cause bites in the ankle area. But, have you ever been bitten on the ankle by a child?
Coined sometime around the 1950s-1960s, the slang “ankle biter” refers to a small child. It’s a term probably related more to their short stature and close proximity to the ankles than an overwhelming desire to munch on an adult’s feet.
However, if you’re a parent or sibling you’ve probably seen some pretty demonic child tantrums where you thought your body (even your ankles) was in danger. Nasty little ankle-biters.
4 Up Your Nose With A Rubber Hose
One of the most bizarre slang terms involving inserting inanimate objects into an orifice, is “up your nose with a rubber hose”.
This term goes back to the 1970s and the hit television show Welcome Back, Kotter. The term essentially means “I’m annoyed, leave me alone” or “screw you”, and was used frequently by actor John Travolta playing the character Vinnie Barbarino.
Although the term coming from Travolta’s television character completely fit, it drove many 70s parents over the edge when used as a response from one of their own teenagers.
3 Gag Me With A Spoon
In the 1980s, most teenage girls wanted to talk like a “valley girl”. Actually, they like totally like wanted to like talk like a valley girl. Speaking proper English was grody to the max…I mean, gag me with a spoon!
As demonstrated in the previous sentence, “gag me with a spoon” is a slang term that expresses complete disgust.
If you were to stick a spoon down your throat, clearly the gag reflex would kick in and induce vomiting.
Therefore, anything that was seen as offensive or unwanted enough to make you gag was met with the immediate response of “gag me with a spoon”.
An example, used in a familiar sentence, “I like totally don’t want any like mashed potatoes, dad. Gag me with a spoon!”
2 Cray Cray
Teenagers of the 21st century are not especially creative thus far when it comes to slang terms. Their slang mainly consist of shortened words, misspellings, and acronyms.
One particularly annoying shortened slang term is “cray cray”. Is it baby speak for crayon? Is it a dish using crayfish?
No, it means someone who is completely crazy crazy…but minus the “z”. To be “cray” you are slightly nuts. If you are “cray cray”, you are completely bonkers.
Straightjacket, certifiably, over the cuckoo’s nest, crazy. However, combined with the slang term, “bae”, it’s a bit fun. As in “Your bae is cray”. Has a poetic ring to it, no?
“YOLO” is an acronym for “You Only Live Once”. For some it’s a way of life, and for others it’s just a way to say, “what the hell, I do what I want” or “live life to the fullest”.
Mostly it’s just annoying. Yes, everything that lives must someday die on this earth. But, tossing the slang phrase around as an excuse for bad behavior or risk-taking is irritating to say the least.
Tell the wrong person “YOLO” and you just might find out how true that statement is…because they are going to have the desire to kill you.
Run like hell…YOLO.