50 phrases from the 90's that we need to bring back in 2023

By louisejohnston

December 20, 2016 at 12:18am


They may have been coined a few years back but these phrases just never get old

1. Going Postal

Going postal means becoming extremely angry, often to the point of violence, and usually in a workplace environment.

2. Let's Roll

Another way to say "Let's Bounce", "Let's Do This" or "Let's Leave" but less Ghetto.

3. You Know It

This is used when receiving a compliment or a praise.

4. What's Crackalackin?

What's happening?

5. Shiznit / Shizniz

To be better than the rest. Better than the shite. "Better than the shit isn't it?"

6. Eat My Shorts

An insult used Bart Simpson - usually to Principle Skinner combined with a mooning.

7. That's Massive

Something that is epic, cool, huge.

8. Head Banger

Someone who is into heavy metal music. Often referred to as someone who is really fucking annoying too. "Your man is an absolute head banger".

9. Jammy

Someone who is really lucky, flukey, with outrageous good fortune.

10. Gammy

Totally useless.

11. Booyah

An exclamation of joy, usually used to taunt a loser.


12. Aight

All right.

13. Whatever (one of my favourites)

Used in an argument to admit that you are wrong without admitting it, so the argument is over.

14. Can You Smell What The Rock Is Cooking?

Do you know what I'm thinking?

15. Schwing

When Garth or Wayne popped a boner in Wayne's World. Also means "winning".

16. Hasta La Vista, Baby

"Hasta la vista, baby" is a catchphrase associated with Arnold Schwarzenegger's title character from the 1991 science fiction thriller film Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Means goodbye.

17. Alrighty Then

A phrase used to dismiss stupid or unexplainable actions of another person.

18. As If

Made popular by the movie CLUELESS starring Alicia Silverstone. Meaning no way.

19. Tattle-Tale

One who reports the wrong-doings of others to an authority AKA a rat.

20. First Is The Worst, Second Is The Best, Third Is The One With The Hairy Chest

What you say when you come second in a competition or race.

21. Yo Mama Is So

is so fat/ugly/stupid - used as an insult, in-joke terms of course.

22. Talk To The Hand

A phrase used in combination with a hand gesture to convey: "I am enjoying my ignorance. Please do not ruin it by discussing facts or logic with me."


"Talk To The Hand Cause The Face Aint Listening".

23. Whatever Trevor

An Aussie colloquialism means whatever, or ok.

24. Taking The Mickey

Taking the piss.


When two people coincidentally say the same phrase together at the same time, the first one to then say "jinx" puts bad luck on the other and they're not allowed to talk.

26. Diarrhea Song

(Came in many forms)

When you're climbing up a ladder,
and you feel something splatter...

Diarrhea (Cha cha cha)
Diarrhea (Cha cha cha)

When your chillin' with your daughter,
and you feel the poopoo water...

Diarrhea (Cha cha cha)
Diarrhea (Cha cha cha)

When you're walkin down the hall,
and you feel something fall.

Diarrhea (Cha cha cha)
Diarrhea (Cha cha cha)

When you're riding in a Chevvy
and you feel something heavy.

Diarrhea (Cha cha cha)
Diarrhea (Cha cha cha)

And so on, and so forth.

27. That's My Name, Don't Wear It Out

Said when someone addresses you, mainly to be uber annoying.

28. How You Doin'?

Pick up line used by Joey on the famous NYC-based TV show Friends.


29. Yum Yum Pigs Bum

The original Winner Winner Chicken Dinner.

30. Liar, Liar Pants On Fire

Usually shouted in an exchange between two kids when one thinks the other in lying.

31. NOT!

Made popular by Wayne's World. Add NOT! to the end of a sentence to make blatant the sarcasm in the sentence itself.

32. Take A Chill Pill

Something you say when you want someone to calm down but usually only makes the way worse.

33. Cowabunga

An exclamation of rejoicing. Brought to popularity by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

34. Go Home Roger!

When one is dismissed after showing up uninvited or overstaying their welcome. Originates from the popular sitcom Sister Sister.

35. Go Into The Bathroom And Say Bloody Mary Three Times In Front Of The Mirror

An urban legend that goes like this:

If you go in your bathroom with the lights off and say "Bloody Mary" three times in front of the mirror at 3 am, she will appear in your mirror the way she looked after she left the bar and got in a horrible car accident (hence the drink name) and she'll KILL YA!

36. Who's On The Phone? I'm Trying To Go On The Internet!

A serious problem with dial-up connections back in the day.

37. Girl Power

A term originally coined by the Riot Grrrl movement of the early 90s, then hijacked by the Spice Girls, who used it as their motto, accompanied by raucous shouts and waved peace signs.

38. I Double Dare You

A challenge that is harder or naughtier than a regular dare. Popular from the movie Pulp Fiction.

39. Who Loves Orange Soda?


Said randomly to be extra annoying. Originates from Nickelodeon show Kenan & Kel

40. I Put The Screw In The Tuna

When you finally decide to 'fess up. Made famous by Kenan & Kel also.

41. I Know You Are But What Am I?

Immature comeback to being slagged. If someone called you "Stupid" you'd respond "I know you are but what am I?".

42. Score

Used to express glee.

43. Pure Class

Something that absolutely brilliant.

44. Deadly

One of the very few phrases on here that's still used by us Irish. Its the feeling you get when you found a £20 note in your pocket.

45. Da Bomb

A really naff way of saying something is mega-amazing.

46. Grushy / Grushie / Gushy / Gushie

A silly game you'd play with friends where you would fling penny sweets into the air and everyone would try to gather as many for themselves as possible. An unrefined Hungry Hippo.

47. NIGS

Means Not In Goals. Kids would shout NIGS really loudly so that they didn't have to be the goalie. It can be used to exclaim that you don't want to have to do something. "NIGS walking the dogs". Not a racial slur.

48. Bags

Shouted when you want something. "Bags shotgun" means I really want to sit in the front seat of the car beside the driver. Can also be used as "Bags not answering the door" meaning I don't want to get up off my lazy ass to answer the door the guest.

49. Dibs

The same as bags (above). Wanting first dibs is the same as wanting something first and calling it.

50. Muppet


A very foolish person.

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