Remembering Grunge

This is exactly how 1992 was.
This is exactly how 1992 was.

Grunge nostalgia, right on track for the 20-year cycle of popularity, is in full-swing. Like any new pop-culture trend, the man back in the day was intent on decoding the allure of this strange new movement. Please check out this hilarious (unintentionally so) New York Times article from Nov. 1992. The highlight is where an employee for Sub Pop (mislabeled as Caroline Records, which was awesome but different) clues the reporter in on grunge-speak, when in fact she made most of it up.

“All subcultures speak in code; grunge is no exception. Megan Jasper, a 25-year-old sales representative at Caroline Records in Seattle, provided this lexicon of grunge speak, coming soon to a high school or mall near you:

WACK SLACKS: Old ripped jeans

FUZZ: Heavy wool sweaters

PLATS: Platform shoes

KICKERS: Heavy boots

SWINGIN' ON THE FLIPPITY-FLOP: Hanging out

BOUND-AND-HAGGED: Staying home on Friday or Saturday night

SCORE: Great

HARSH REALM: Bummer

COB NOBBLER: Loser

DISH: Desirable guy

BLOATED, BIG BAG OF BLOATATION: Drunk

LAMESTAIN: Uncool person

TOM-TOM CLUB: Uncool outsiders

ROCK ON: A happy goodbye”