The fact that I really love goofy slang words will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me well. For example, I don’t think we use the word “groovy” quite enough. There’s just something so satisfyingly silly about saying something is “groovy.”

My favorite expression lately has been “jinkies” – which of course I learned from Scooby Doo cartoons when I was a kid. It’s an expression of astonishment, and I can’t tell you how frequently it seems to be just the right word for the occasion.

You might be as surprised as I was to learn that the first known use of the word “bodacious” was way back in 1832 (instead of, say, 1982). It’s probably a blend of “bold” and “audacious,” and I think that’s kind of awesome.

Someone introduced me to the word “snickersneeze” the other day, and apparently it’s a vague, humorous threat that a parent might use with a child (“Spill your milk again and I’ll have to snickersneeze you!”). I’ve decided to try to use “snickersneeze” as often as possible.

So I’d love to know some of your favorite silly slang words. Leave a comment. If I get a good response, I may create a poll and have people vote for an overall favorite.

Or, if all I get is the sound of crickets I will know that I’m a complete dork…

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10 Responses to JINKIES!

  1. Heebie Jeebie
    Holy frijole
    Jumpin Jehoshaphat
    Freakn A
    Awwww Yaaaa
    Your killing me
    Peachy keen

  2. Charles Burton says:

    Being Scottish derivation there are a lot of sayings that are unique to certain situations, which most Americans find hilarious just because of the way they sound. When caught in surprise, I use the old country word, “Crivvens”. If things have ‘gang awry’ then it is “Crackers!”.

  3. Jeremy Wright says:

    My favorite expression is “bam suckas!” It’s used as a celebratory expression.

  4. Dan Lampton says:

    “sweet pete”

  5. eva wilson says:

    we say dork a lot. and janky. but may you never be called a janky dork. i’m sure it’s way worse than snickersneezing someone 🙂

  6. Gayle Nelson says:

    ~ bummer

  7. Scott Riggan says:

    These have come in from Facebook:
    – Far out!
    – Out of sight!
    – Rad (again)
    – Wizard!
    – Zoinks!

    Keep ’em coming folks…

  8. Angela Cole says:

    How about jeepers? I sometimes say that one just to be funny.

  9. Jeff Aubrey says:


  10. le badger says:

    I’m a proud user of “Rad” or, in much needed extreme uses the whole shebang: “Radical”. But that’s mostly when I’m doing math.

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