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By Gabrielle. Max here.

I’m not even sure where he first heard it, but the other day, Oscar asked me what “gag me with a spoon” meant. And that question turned out to be a trip wire of sorts — we ended up spending an evening talking about phrases and words that have fallen out of fashion since Ben and I were kids. The conversation highlights:

“Grody” and “grody to the max” got the biggest response. They all thought the word and phrase sounded horrible and they were glad it was gone.

In my hometown, St. George, the word “nivey” was popularized during my high school years, but I don’t think anyone ever used it again the moment they graduated. It had a negative meaning, as in, “Ugh, I’m having such a bad hair day. I look nivey.” Unfortunately (or fortunately?) I don’t think it ever took off with the population at large. Whenever I hear it now, I think of that line in Mean Girls: Gretchen, stop trying to make fetch happen! It’s not going to happen!

But the one that the kids marveled at the most was, “You think you’re hot snot on a silver platter, but really you’re a cold booger on a paper plate.” This was the ultimate insult in my elementary school circa 1984. Anyone else? I laughed when Maude pointed out to me that she wouldn’t want to be either snot or a booger. Hah! Apparently, my 9 year old self had never considered that.

Of course, the conversation made me curious. What phrases or words have passed out of your vocabulary since you were a kid? Anything particularly memorable? Can’t wait to hear!