How Much Do You Know About History Of American Slang Words?

American slang has a pretty interesting and storied history. How well do you know it? Take our quiz to find out!
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"Bad" has been used to mean "good" or "cool" since when?
1960's
1890's
1940's
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Question 2/12

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When did the term "dude," used to describe a male, first appear?
1870's
1520's
1920's
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The term "muckraker" began to be used as slang during what American period?
The Great Depression
Reconstruction
Progressive Era
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Which of the following is NOT an example of American slang, or does not contain an example of American slang?
"Beam Me Up, Scotty!"
"No brainer!"
"She's such a cougar!"
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Which of these articles of slang is predominantly from the 1970's?
bogus
po-po
bling
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What type of American slang is generally classified as "vulgar"?
street
beatnik
cant
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The term "crib" may have made a comeback as slang in the 2000's, but what decade did it originally see prominence?
1920's
1960's
1980's
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The slang phrase "jumping on the bandwagon" came from what?
kids running away from homes by hiding on wagons
P.T. Barnum's traveling circus
sports teams on parade floats
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Question 9/12

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"Legit" may have been re-popularized by MC Hammer, but it was originally coined to describe quality dramas in what century?
18th
19th
17th
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Question 10/12

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"Cool" as a non-temperature describing word came from what community in what decade?
black community; 1930's
hispanic community; 1950's
Native American community; 1880's
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Question 11/12

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Americans adopted the term "geek" to mean an "unsociable or overly diligent student" in what decade?
1950's
1920's
1980's
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Question 12/12

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"Groovy" has its roots in what kind of music?
rock 'n' roll
disco
jazz
Result
You're truly stumped by the history of American slang, and that's okay! It's a niche subject to know about, so don't beat yourself up too much! Better luck next time!

C+, Stumped By Slang

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You sure know your stuff when it comes to the history of American slang! While you may have missed a few, we're sure you know more than the average citizen. Great work!

B+, Slang Star

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You're the master of American slang, and all the history that comes with it! You should be proud of this score! Keep up the great work!

A+, Slang Supreme

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1
"Bad" has been used to mean "good" or "cool" since when?
1960's
1890's
1940's
2
When did the term "dude," used to describe a male, first appear?
1870's
1520's
1920's
3
The term "muckraker" began to be used as slang during what American period?
The Great Depression
Reconstruction
Progressive Era
4
Which of the following is NOT an example of American slang, or does not contain an example of American slang?
"Beam Me Up, Scotty!"
"No brainer!"
"She's such a cougar!"
5
Which of these articles of slang is predominantly from the 1970's?
bogus
po-po
bling
6
What type of American slang is generally classified as "vulgar"?
street
beatnik
cant
7
The term "crib" may have made a comeback as slang in the 2000's, but what decade did it originally see prominence?
1920's
1960's
1980's
8
The slang phrase "jumping on the bandwagon" came from what?
kids running away from homes by hiding on wagons
P.T. Barnum's traveling circus
sports teams on parade floats
9
"Legit" may have been re-popularized by MC Hammer, but it was originally coined to describe quality dramas in what century?
18th
19th
17th
10
"Cool" as a non-temperature describing word came from what community in what decade?
black community; 1930's
hispanic community; 1950's
Native American community; 1880's
11
Americans adopted the term "geek" to mean an "unsociable or overly diligent student" in what decade?
1950's
1920's
1980's
12
"Groovy" has its roots in what kind of music?
rock 'n' roll
disco
jazz