In Response to Esquire – New Expressions for 2014

Tired of the same old slang? Does the word awesome sound far from awesome? Stacey Woods wrote a piece for called 27 Things to Leave Behind in 2013. She listed the expressions she never wants to hear again. Apparently, she is done with, “namaste, stoked, and hater,” to name a few. It left me wondering about replacements for the outdated words.

I came with some new ways to express yourself in 2014.

Replace, “She’s a strong amazing woman,” with, “She’s taking it downtown.” This is a unisex phrase that can work for men too. “Look at you. You’re taking it downtown!”

Replace, “Namaste,” with “Be pos.”

2013 Namaste 2014 Be pos

Replace, “Stoked” (which is really an 80’s throwback. I know. I lived through it.) with “Jazzed.”  “I am so jazzed about finding an agent.” I am being pos in 2014.

Replace, “Much,” with “Enough.” Much is used at the end of a sentence followed by a question mark as in, “Angry much?” It is the Canadian equivalent of “eh?” or the French “non?” It’s been around since the 70’s. How about, “Angry enough?”

Replace, “Shout out,” with “Blast.” “Thanks for the blast!”

Replace, “I know! Right?” with “Believe it?” “Susie, you had one Wild year.” My response: “Believe it?”

i know right

Replace, “Chillax,” with “De-tense.” “Stop worrying about your kids, money, or who will marry the The Bachelor. De-tense.”

chillax - de-tense

Replace, “Hater,” with “Virus.” “They are such viruses,” or “There will always be viruses in the world.”

One that wasn’t on her list was “Spacey or spaced.” Replace it with “Glazed.”  “I’m so glazed today,” or “I glazed it.”

Or “Sorry. I was in my parallel universe.”


“My bad” has been out of style for a while. My daughter uses, “Mistakes were made.”


I’ve been trying to replace “Awesome” with “Hideous.” Some use “Sick,” but it has been around for a while too.  I certainly get some looks when I say, “Love your new haircut. It’s hideous!” But maybe commentators could pick up this new trendy word and use it at the Winter Olympics. “That is hideous air! Shaun White was hideous today!”

snowboard meme

You heard them here first!

I hope 2014 brings you many be pos, jazzed, hideous, and taking it downtown  moments, free from viruses and being glazed, but full of de-tensing. You’ll look back and say, Believe it?

Thanks for the blast in advance!

Which expressions will you use in 2014?

Related article: 27 Things to Leave Behind in 2014 – Stacey Woods –

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  1. I tried to start a trend once, on a very grassroots level. No blogging or other use of the web, just started calling my son by a certain name. It failed miserably, as he was nowhere near as connected to the “in” crowd as I had hoped.
    Thanks for the new trendwords, but I’m still 2 or 3 years away from using the old ones you’re discarding. If I could just be a little slower on the uptake, those passe words and phrases would be fashionable again by the time I use them the first time.


    1. I didn’t recognize a few on Stacey’s list and other’s like stoked and much have been in and out for decades! I think I have to be a rapper and make the Top Ten in order for these to take off, but you never know!
      I had names for my kids too. I used them, but no one else does!
      Happy manic Monday 1Point!


  2. It’s hard to start something new. Especially if it is replacing something old. I’m stuck with a few leftovers from days gone by. I still say “cool”. It comes out of my mouth with out thinking.
    Years ago a group of friends stop using “spaced out” and replaced it with “gone to Chippawa”. It caught on quite well in our area and I still hear it occasionally (usually in my own home). Another of those is for someone who is unhappy we always said, “they are being sadly in the basement”.


    1. Those are really funny! I thought “much” was local until I read the article. The boys said it all the time in high school. Cool is as old as Shakespeare. I don’t think it will ever be outdated. It is just too cool….


  3. If I never hear twerk again, I’ll be fine. And that “selfie” thing, it makes adults sound like 12-year-olds. I say we bring groovy and far-out back. Who’s with me? Sounds hideous to me, Susie. (wink)


  4. You know, as I watched the New Years eve show with Carson, I was struck by how much negativity was being spewed leading into the New Year. Granted, most of it was from the female comedian I’ve only ever seen on roasts, (I get that her forte is biting humor–usually at someone else’s expense) but still. A close childhood friend who happened to be online paused to ask, “Is this how we really want to enter the New Year?” She had a point.

    As for the woman’s articile? I LOVE your substitutions. The thing is, I also like what Namaste and several other terms she deemed passé stand for. Sometimes the pure definition or the intent behind the words matter. So to her, I blow raspberries and tell her to find a positive outlook on life. In my eyes, being negative and condescending is as overdone as all the words she complained about. To you? Kudos on finding workable “Trendy for 2014” replacements. 🙂


    1. Thanks Kitt! I am all about a positive start! I think Stacey likes the meaning of namaste, but seeing Adam Levine overuse it during The Voice, ruined it for a lot of people. I notice that it is no longer for yoga classes.
      Happy New Year! It’s going to be HIDEOUS!


  5. My grumble? IMHO — since nobody who uses it is the least bit H about their O, which they usually expect to be taken like the big-O, complete with gasps and maybe a cigarette afterward.


  6. I thought awesome died years ago – but it’s lingering – perhaps some vampire gave it life? Stake that one, please!
    I’m tired of the vicious judgmental speech everywhere – commercials, comedy, politics, even children. Many have no idea what they are talking about but running completely fueled by emotion and knee jerk reactions.
    Downtown, Susie. Believe it!


    1. I agree and I think the Internet is to blame. Everyone is so used to spewing and they assume that everyone agrees.
      Awesome really makes me cringe. I heard “I know. Right?” today on a commercial. It was the mail in the coffin.
      Thanks Phil so are you!


  7. I like taking it downtown. That’s righteous. I know, righteous is a throw back, too, but I still like it.

    I’m tired of “twerking.” Sick to death of that word. And “baby bump.” I cannot stand it when people use “baby bump,” like your fetus is a tumor or something. Used to be people said “preggo,” and I wasn’t keen on that either. I think we should start using “mummy tummy.” That would be hideous.

    Okay, that’s all I’ve got for now. Be pos.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt


  8. How about “sweet”? Plenty of people in our fine Midwestern state overuse this one. I vote we replace “sweet” with its charming counterpart, “fetching.” You got off school today because it was so darn cold the cows couldn’t even go out? Fetching, man! I’d also like to ditch that overused business term “tribal knowledge,” but my frozen brain can’t come up with a suitable alternative. Maybe in spring I’ll be hideous enough to come up with something…;)


    1. Cray cray! I use a lot of slang so I burn it out pretty fast. I liked Courtney’s “mistakes were made.” She has said that to me a couple of times. Yes they were…
      I used to say eh and when I first moved to Colorado, people thought I was from Canada!!!


  9. I want to dump them all and go back to English or whatever lingua franca is your mother tongue is and eliminate all the trendy BS that people use to show how hip they are..


  10. NOW I understand why Patricia said “hideous” over at my blog today. I’m catching up. Sort of. I still like awesome. My husband’s been using it since I met him 24 years ago. Can’t give it up. 🙂 Maybe I will ahead of the trend when it comes back around!


    1. I remember when awesome first came into style with surfer and skater dudes. That was a long time ago. It reminds me of books. Some words disappear while others really stand out. I might add a few of these to my book! Hahaha!! Hideous is already in there. 🙂


  11. Hideous post to start the new year with, Babe. I’m vitalized by ‘taking it downtown’, ‘parallel universe’, and ‘blast’! And Courtney is the bomb with ‘mistakes were made’! I’m going to use that one (rarely of course). Afraid I can’t give you a blast for ‘jazzed’… that’s older than ‘stoked’. I see you neglected ‘whatever’.


  12. I was worried about who is going to marry Juan Pablo from the Bachelor but thanks to you, I can de-tense now! I totally love these Susie! I will have to write them down to remember them. I hope you don’t get any viruses out there!


  13. I guess I’m really old school because I don’t use any of these expressions. The only one I use – it was passed on by a girlfriend who saw it in a movie – was “not knowing” while tapping my head (if I don’t have an idea).


  14. Instead of saying “your sister’s paintings are ‘awesome'” I’m going to say “your sister’s paintings are a thing of beauty”. Creativity clearly runs in your genes 🙂 May it be a smooth ride for you in 2014, Susie! xo


  15. Love the new words and am especially adopting “glazed” and “downtown” right now.
    Don’t forget to insist that anyone using these words must add this rider in the conversation:
    “This expression is the property of Susie Lindau’s Wild Ride, any unauthorized reproduction without the express written permission of the author is strictly forbidden under pain of prosecution.”


    1. Hahaha! Wouldn’t that be great to get royalties??? I am trying to get these words out there. Esquire wrote a follow up article and mentioned this post. How cool is that? I am tweeting snowboarders headed for the Olympics with fingers crossed that they’ll pick up “hideous” and replace “sick” and “awesome.” I’m so done with awesome… 🙂
      Great to “see” you Peg!


  16. Yay – time to chuck out tired, stale 2013 words. ‘Doll’ is used here in NZ too. We’ve also got local twists – ‘Yeah, right’, meaning ‘no it isn’t’, and ‘nek minnit’, which I wish WOULD get chucked out, it’s too dumb for words and I cringe to think it was invented in NZ.

    My vote’s for bringing back ‘groovy’.


      1. It was from a YouTube vid that originated here in NZ and did the rounds – mostly via hits from here. A skateboarder was describing his adventures, using ‘next minute’ as his main linking phrase. Alas, his diction was so terrible that it became ‘nek minnit’. Caught on big time. For a while you could even get tee-shirts with that as the logo. Sigh…


  17. Truly unique to moi is ‘buddha’. I.e. That’s buddha! Meaning that’s cool, blessed, good. I use to use it during my teenage days… and no, I’m not buddhist 🙂

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