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The Dictionary of 1980s Slang - from Acid House to Zits!

The Dictionary of 80s Slang by Rick Carlile As I grow older, it certainly becomes more challenging to keep up with all the latest slang terms, memes, acronyms and abbreviations used on social media by today's youth. Okay, so I know the popular ones such as WTF and LOL, but half the time I haven't a clue what they're on about! I guess, it was the same for my parents back in the 80s. We didn't have the internet, of course, but I'm pretty sure we used some ridiculous slang words that were very much of their time. The Dictionary of 1980s Slang by Rick Carlille is described as "The Totally Awesome Guide to Rockin' 80s Lingo". The author is American, and so the book is aimed at an American audience. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find a huge array of definitions (over 800 in all) that we were also using here in the UK, from acid house to zit, the latter of which I'm certainly glad to see the back of!  The 1980s was an energetic decade, for sure,

This Skeletor Costume is Perfect for an 80s Halloween Theme!

Adult's Skeletor Muscle Jumpsuit Costume If you would like to add a touch of 1980s to your Halloween/Horror themed fancy dress costume this year, then I have the perfect solution for you!  Those of you who watched the Masters Of The Universe cartoons will definitely remember Skeletor - who could forget him? He was the blue-skinned, hood-wearing antagonist with a creepy skull head, who was obsessed with obtaining the powers of Castle Grayskull and ruling the universe - someone should have told him to calm down and take a chill pill.  Of course, there was only one person who could stop him, and that was He-Man, the alter-ego of Prince Adam. Well, thank goodness! The mighty sword and sorcery battles all took place on the planet of Eternia. The original cartoon series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe ran from 1983 to 1985, but there were also two films, numerous video games, comic books and toys. This, of course, makes a Skeletor costume ideal for an 80s theme.  The costume can

The Terminator Cyberdyne Systems Model 101 (T-800) T-shirts

It's only a couple of months until Halloween (how time flies as you get older!) and I thought I'd inspire you with an 80s T-shirt idea that you can wear. Skynet's first cybernetic organism was the Cyberdyne Systems Model 101 (or T-800), and as an endoskeleton makes the perfect choice for a Halloween or horror T-shirt theme. In the first movie, Arnold Schwarzenegger, of course, plays the role of the cyborg antagonist, who's sole mission is to terminate Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton). The first two movies were truly jaw-dropping back in the day, and remain my two favourite sci-fi movies of all time. So let's take a look at some of the best T-800 designs that are worthy of being worn to celebrate these iconic movies by the legendary James Cameron. From the U.S.? Check out my Terminator T-shirt ideas at 80sFashion.clothing.     My top choice is this so very 80s themed The Terminator T-shirt . This is an awesome design, but it unfortunately only comes in 3XL

Teen Wolf 80s Movie T-shirts

Although it's still officially the summer (the weather thinks differently!), Halloween is fast approaching, and so I thought I'd come up with a unique idea for a Halloween themed T-shirt. While most people will opt for the darker slasher movies for their theme, I though that it would be nice to opt for a more light-hearted, fun theme just for a change, and Teen Wolf is the perfect choice.  The coming-of-age 80s comedy movie starred Michael J. Fox as Scott Howard, a teenage high school student who suddenly finds himself sprouting hair at the most awkward moments. He turns into the wolf while playing basketball, and turns the Beavers basketball team's fortunes around, winning them their first game in 3 years.  Anyway, I won't rabbit on about the plot, as I'm sure you all have watched the film countless times. So let's take a look at the T-shirts available in the UK. From the U.S.? Check out these Teen Wolf Tees at my website 80sFashion.clothing.   First

Colourful 80s Cassettes T-shirt for Adults and Kids

Colourful 80s Cassettes T-shirt If you were to ask me to name just one thing that is synonymous with the 80s, then the cassette tape would definintely be high up on the list, and I am going to show you a bright and colourful T-shirt featuring cassette tapes and 80s geometric shapes, which is the perfect way to celebrate the greatest decade ever! You may remember that rewinding an audio or VHS cassette was a pain, and there was always the chance that the tape would get tangled up in your player, especially if you could only afford a cheap Saisho system from Dixons, like myself! I certainly spent many an hour trying to unravel the spools of tape and salvaging my latest Now That's What I Call Music tape! But despite all of this, I actually really miss listening to my own mixtape of songs I'd recently taped off the radio, using multi-packs of C60 blank cassettes by Maxell, TDK and BASF. I remember playing them in my car on the way to work, or on a night out with friends, hoping th

Atari Retro Gaming Wallets and Pouches

I just can't imagine having lived through the 70s and 80s without Atari and their iconic games, consoles and computers. No Asteroids, Tempest or Missile Command - the list goes on!  As someone who grew-up playing Atari games, and also having immense fun with the 800XL and ST computers, I am a big fan, and so I was really pleased to discover these official Atari wallets, which will allow me to remind myself of a big part of my childhood and teen years every time I need to pay for something. As someone who is a skinflint, opening my wallet does not come easy to me, so with one of these cool wallets I will, at least, have something to smile about! Firstly, I want to show you my favourite wallet, which is this very nice brown one with a round Atari logo and three stripes. I love these retro colours which really reminds me of my 70s childhood.   It's gorgeously retro, isn't it? You can buy this official Atari product on Amazon.co.uk. It features a coin section so you can pop do

An 80s Tennis Player Costume? You Cannot Be Serious!

While most people opt for a pop star theme when dressing up for an 80s party or event, one option that is a little more original is to dress like an 80s tennis player. The costumes I'm about to show are obviously based on John McEnroe, and I'm dead serious! The short-tempered tennis star became infamous for his confrontational behaviour towards the umpire during the 1980s, screaming "Answer my question! The question, jerk!" (when he angrily threw his racket at the juice cart) and "You can't be serious man, you cannot be serious!" when he thought the umpire had made a bad call about the ball being out. He was often booed by the crowds for his rants, but it was hugely entertaining to watch! Embed from Getty Images The look above is the one you should aim for, and this is the most iconic. So let's take a look at the fancy dress costume options available...   The white T-shirt and shorts outfit with red and blue stripes is based on McEnroe&

Tiffany 80s Pop Star T-shirt for Adults

When you mention the name Tiffany to someone who grew up in the 80s, then it is certainly not a lampshade that springs to mind! Of course, it's the 80s pop star Tiffany Darwish, who is best remembered for her No.1 hit single "I Think We're Alone Now". I recently discovered a fabulous T-shirt for ladies and gents on the Retro Tees store on Amazon, which celebrates her biggest hit song. It's been on the site since 2019, so how I missed this one I'm really not sure! The shirt features a huge photo of Tiffany wearing a blue denim jacket (as many of us did back in the 80s), surrounded by brightly coloured geometric shapes in pink, yellow and turquoise, and the singer's iconic signature which appeared on all of her single and album sleeves. Sizes from X-small to XX-Large are avaiable in a boyfriend fit.  There are four seperate listings for the T-shirt which is available in blue and white colours, and I've added them all below. White Tiffany 80s Pop Star T-s