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(Guardian)   It was hip in 1904, wizard in 1922, pissed off in 1943, sexy in 1956, awesome in 1961 and ghetto fabulous in 1996. This year it's chav   ( divider line
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55021 clicks; posted to Main » on 19 Oct 2004 at 1:49 PM (13 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2004-10-19 06:43:16 AM  
She a little bit behind. That's Chav Scum, to be right.

Here, take a look. Preeeeety frightening.

Sorry, no html goodness right now.
2004-10-19 08:39:37 AM  
Susie Dent can kiss it. Self-proclaimed experts piss me off.

Ms Dent also predicts that suave metrosexual man will be replaced by the scruffy retrosexual, defined as spending as little time and money as possible on his appearance.

And this differs from the other 97% of the male population... how?
2004-10-19 09:27:42 AM  
Not at all, except that it'll suddenly be chic.
2004-10-19 09:32:00 AM  
Scrotto frondon murblefrack!

/desperately trying to be ahead of the curve
2004-10-19 09:52:23 AM  
Who the hell pays these people to make a living doing this?
2004-10-19 10:16:18 AM  
chav = Brit stuntaz ?
2004-10-19 11:11:38 AM  
I suppose I'll just have to settle for classic slang, and twist it up a bit for grins and shizzles...
2004-10-19 11:13:33 AM  
You know it's over when morning shows start talking about "Bling Bling" all the time.
2004-10-19 12:22:55 PM  
Who the hell was using URL in 1992? If I use chav you guys can cock punch me.
2004-10-19 12:58:01 PM  
They think I'm gonna get on the Trolley with chav?

What a bunch of bango maroons.
2004-10-19 01:46:30 PM  
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Chav-tastic, you knows it (clicky-pop)
2004-10-19 01:51:23 PM  
Mark my words, I will NEVER use the word chav from this moment forward.
2004-10-19 01:53:30 PM  
chav it up your ass
2004-10-19 01:54:48 PM  
I call shenanigans: There is no way URL was a commonly used word in 1992. Widespread internet adoption didn't really start to pick up until 1994/1995. And even then URL and URI were used interchangeably.
2004-10-19 01:55:10 PM  
That just chavs my ass.
2004-10-19 01:55:23 PM  
I don't think that list is accurate.

Double-click was the buzzword in 1984?

There were few, VERY few people that had a mouse in 1984. I don't know if there WERE mouses in 1984.
I had a TRS-80 Color Computer in 1984 and I had to make everything happen in BASIC!

/cload "nauga"
2004-10-19 01:55:27 PM  
Unfortunately, I see these idiots every farking day.

el_hueso in the damn mall
2004-10-19 01:55:29 PM  
chav doesn't sound very hip to me IMHO
2004-10-19 01:55:53 PM  
If thats chav, then what is bling bling?
2004-10-19 01:56:02 PM  
'Ned' is a far superior word and amounts to the same thing... (sound potentially NSFW)
2004-10-19 01:56:06 PM  
Last year's was "sex it up"? That was early 90's.. what was their name... Color Me Badd. Chav will never take off. Only self-proclaimed experts desperately trying to make a name for themselves will ever use terms like that.

It's like the girl in high school who says something really stupid that never catches on just because she said it.
2004-10-19 01:56:41 PM  
Why is British slag so gay?
2004-10-19 01:56:57 PM  
Others live on, having turned up surprisingly early: mobile phone in 1945

I would really love to see what constituted a mobile phone in 1945. One of those phones they used for directing mortar fire? That's all I can think of.

/won't use "chav"
2004-10-19 01:57:27 PM  
This has got to be one of the stupidest farking articles I have ever read. Why does this shiate get greenlighted?
2004-10-19 01:58:34 PM  
Dude, that's so wizard!

2004-10-19 01:58:57 PM  
Crackhead, I was wondering the same thing. I thought those internet terms were a little before their time. I don't remember too many people talking about "double-clicking" in 1985 either. Let's see, that would put me at 10 years old, I would still be playing around with my parents Apple IIe computer... I didn't even have a mouse.

Something gives me the feeling this author had a bunch of old buzzwords, and just arbitrarily stuck dates onto them. bravo
2004-10-19 01:59:05 PM  
1947 Wonderbra

1948 cool

2004-10-19 01:59:05 PM  
CatchrNdRy, crackhead

I was using URL in 1992. Admittedly, it was probably late 1992 when I started using it. Being a techie student at the time meant I had access to the Internet, and the interest in it to know what was going on.
2004-10-19 01:59:14 PM  
"hot desking"? Was that ever popular even in the dotcom nineties? Only a few places I know of did that, and they all failed miserably.

And realpolitik had a comeback in the 70's thanks to Kissenger.
2004-10-19 01:59:15 PM  

Sounds like a Homsarism.
2004-10-19 01:59:35 PM  
Ditto on the whole URL thing. That definitely only became well-known in '94-'95.

/Wonders when "asshat" will make it on the list, to better describe the lady who compiled it
2004-10-19 01:59:45 PM  
that really toads the wet sprocket

2004-10-19 02:00:00 PM  
why is 'axis of evil' in there and not 'WMD'?
2004-10-19 02:00:26 PM  
This has got to be one of the stupidest farking articles I have ever read. Why does this shiate get greenlighted?

yeah and this doesn't!
2004-10-19 02:00:38 PM  
Yeah but that's England which is like us except 20 years ago.
2004-10-19 02:00:42 PM  
"Ghetto Fabulous"? I've never heard those two words together. Ever.

I'll join crackhead in calling shenanigans, or at least, "This person actually has no idea what they're talking about."

But buntz: The original Macintosh was released in 1984, I'd buy double-click there.
2004-10-19 02:00:52 PM  
This link belongs on, not Or maybe a "UK" tag would be appropriate for things like this. Could include an image of a lime, as opposed to Florida's orange.
2004-10-19 02:00:57 PM  
google in 99??
2004-10-19 02:01:20 PM  

[image from too old to be available]

Okay, so it's not exactly 1945 - but still a classic!
2004-10-19 02:01:58 PM  
henceforth, I vow to use "tiddly-om-pom-pom" every day in regular conversation.
/could someone let me know what it means?
2004-10-19 02:02:07 PM  
Awesome, I'm totally retrosexual. Have been for years.

Once again my laziness pays off! :D
2004-10-19 02:02:17 PM  
I think this whole thing is a travashamockary.
2004-10-19 02:02:47 PM  
I love whizzo. I'm going to try to repopularize that.
2004-10-19 02:03:26 PM  
Awright, the future is "retrosexual".

I'm cheap, and don't like to do my hair up.
2004-10-19 02:03:31 PM  
Wake me when we get to "farked"
2004-10-19 02:03:49 PM  
Chav is so fetch.
2004-10-19 02:04:24 PM  
Personally I think that 'Chutney Ferret' should be the new buzz word. Chav is uber poofy.

/also won't be using it

Cheers Toyvo

PS: I would also like to take this opportunity to promote the phrase "You won't taste the cake if you only eat the cream". It can be applied to pretty much any situation!!!
2004-10-19 02:04:41 PM  
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2004-10-19 02:04:45 PM  
I was a little kid when "groovy" and "far-out" were the thing. And then "radical", "gag me", "excellent", and the overuse of "like" were somewhat okay to grow up with.

This gang-banger-pop-em-in-the-head crap is horrible enough: "___izzle", bling, crib, pimped.

But now these extreme gay-isms? "Chav"?

/uses "bling-blingers" to describe those shiny track suit wearing, gold fob dangling, insecure people (who eat their own scabs)
2004-10-19 02:05:30 PM  
Shame they didn't do this for English...

I mean, Shame they didn't do this for American.

BTW, "Ghetto Fabulous" has been around for quite a while. Maybe you just have to be in an area that actually has a ghetto within a hundred miles to be familiar with it. Or maybe it's an eastern U.S. thing.

/me shrugs
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