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    Quote Originally Posted by Vonna
    Okay
    Here's what the young people are saying for really good or great here in central California:
    "sick" can you believe it?
    I think that's pretty much nationwide, started by the skateboard/trick bike/inline crowd. At least I know they say it in Ga, and even heard it in Alaska last fall.
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    "Sick, mate, sick" is a Greek/Lebanese thing as well in Australia. It means pretty much the same as it does here in the States. Just another word for "cool".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yellow Apple
    "Sick, mate, sick"...Just another word for "cool".
    I've always wondered how adjectives with negative connotations become "street" lingo for "cool." (See: "stupid," "sick," "phat," et. al.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vonna
    Okay
    Here's what the young people are saying for really good or great here in central California:
    "sick" can you believe it?
    I'm a native New Yorker and I've heard of and used that since I was a kid over 20 years ago.
    Some people are like slinkies, they're useless until you push them down the stairs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phat32
    I've always wondered how adjectives with negative connotations become "street" lingo for "cool." (See: "stupid," "sick," "phat," et. al.)
    Also "wicked" and "bad". Both were popular sayings back in my day.

    Strangely enough, "gay" and "retarded" have always had negative connotations. They never have made the transition to mean something good.
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    Another term which I am sure also came from the surfer, skater crowd is when an object is really cool, they say....... "that's junk"............

    and since I enjoy collecting antiques, I kinda relate to that one LOL
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    Junk in the Trunk

    Quote Originally Posted by Yellow Apple
    Also "wicked" and "bad". Both were popular sayings back in my day.
    Ah, yes. Good call!

    Strangely enough, "gay" and "retarded" have always had negative connotations. They never have made the transition to mean something good.
    ...Again, this goes back to my question of how some words with negative connotations make it into the vernacular as lingo for "good" but some don't.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vonna
    Another term which I am sure also came from the surfer, skater crowd is when an object is really cool, they say....... "that's junk"............

    and since I enjoy collecting antiques, I kinda relate to that one LOL
    I like it, I like it! I'm going to have to incorporate "junk" into my patter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vonna
    Here in our area of California we mainly refer to soft drinks as soda....sometimes as Coke........When I was a kid we called it soda water or soda pop
    Why not participate in the national survey on this issue?

    http://www.popvssoda.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by hepcat
    Why not participate in the national survey on this issue?
    http://www.popvssoda.com/
    I'm originally from TN but I've always called everything Coke. From that chart, this is mostly used on the eastern part of the U.S. and is most popular in the south.
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    We've always said coke to mean any carbonated beverage. I grew up in CA but my family is from Louisiana, so I guess it was a southern thing after all.
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