One of my favorite sketches from SNL’s Wayne’s World was when the guest star (memory eludes me) was a cool kid who was on Wayne’s show to announce what the new, cool word would be for the upcoming school year. That not only struck me as funny, it brought back memories of my own school days when it was very important to use the latest phrase.
The words seemed to evolve out of nowhere. One day,we were showing approval to something or someone by saying it was “Neat.” Then without warning we switched to “Groovy,” and then to “Boss,” “Tough,” “Far-out” and on and on. Nobody really thought about who started it or why we all followed.
Think about it – do you have any idea who was the first person to wear a backwards baseball cap (other than actual baseball catchers – who have a legitimate reason.) Read the rest of this entry