If someone needs to both chill and relax, then they need to chillax. Here’s some extra ’90s trivia for you: the first use of chillax, according to the OED, was in 1994 on a Usenet group forum about Quentin Tarantino movies: “Chillax, my friend. I agree with most of your sentiments about Tarantino and his use of violence as comedy.” We’re imagining the poster drank some Crystal Pepsi before typing that.
Short sarcastic retorts were a big deal in the ’90s, and this one debuted in 1990 in a “Wayne’s World” sketch (watch it here) where Myers says, “Anyways, Barry, that was really interesting . . . Not!” Then the word not so permeated youth culture that the American Dialect Society named it their Word of the Year in 1992.
You could use bling bling as a noun meaning jewellery, as in “Hey, look at this new bling bling my boyfriend got me.” Or you could use it as an adjective to describe something flashy, as in “Man, now that I repainted my car it’s totally bling bling!”
Speaking of goofy basement-dwelling rockers, Bill and Ted popularized the word excellent as an expression of joy and approval. They use the word about 30 times in the movie.
Speaking of short sarcastic retorts, “as if!” makes it back into our rotation every time we watch Clueless.
Raise the Roof
You couldn’t sit through a sports game in the ’90s without the announcers telling you to raise the room, which meant to start cheering loudly. With that said, they were actually dusting this phrase off from yesteryear—it dates back to the 1800s.
Hella means very. So when No Doubt says things are “Hella Good”, they’re very good.