The List: Slang terms we want to see revived

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive
"Mean Girls"

Beach Slang is not just a band name (or, for this tour anyway, a moniker for frontman James Alex). When surf culture was at its height of popularity in the 1950s and 1960s, beach slang was the way for beach bums and beach bunnies to communicate, whether hanging ten or just hanging loose.

Subcultures and generations have all invented their own lingo. Here,Alive staffers submit some of their favorite terms and explain why they'd like to see some of them make a comeback.

Down for whatever. This term was made popular by Master P in the '90s. You can listen to Usher's recent single "No Limit" for a plethora of references to Master P's legacy.

Giving respect where it's due, as in, "Mad props to the guy who found a three-hour parking meter Downtown after10 a.m."

This was my favorite way of saying, "I'm the best and then some."

This is/was a Philly-derived term, and I'd love to see it make its way west. The beauty of "jawn" is its multiplicity of uses, like, "Yo, pass me that jawn," or, "Did you see that new jawn?" Really, any noun can be a jawn. As anAtlas Obscurafeature noted earlier this year, "It is a completely acceptable statement in Philadelphia to ask someone to 'remember to bring that jawn to the jawn.'"

According to Urban Dictionary, "To flaunt expensivemerchandisesuch as iced-out rollies, Jaguars on Triple Golds, gem-encrusted pimp goblets, huge whops of dank hydro, etc."

Because it's so 1985, baby!

I've been at this one for about 30 years, hoping it would get reintroduced into the lexicon. Why stop now?

Another beautiful piece of '70s slang, so much cooler than, "See you later, alligator."

I love these two '90s-era terms because they're so ridiculous. Why would we ever stop using them?

The 1920s had some terrific expressions (once you wade through the stuff that was sexist or racist, anyway).