->''"By using current slang terms, Dunbar is trying to tell his children, 'I'm 'hip' or 'down', and you can talk to me about anything,'" Mayhan said. "He is unaware that his stilted speaking style, belabored references, and frequent incorrect usage of terms leave his children more confused than reassured."''
-->-- ''Website/TheOnion'', "[[http://www.theonion.com/content/node/38778 Area Father Must Have Read Some Drug-Slang Brochure Or Something]]"

Having characters speak in TotallyRadical slang is often annoying. It can be excruciating when the slang is outdated, misused, or just spoken wrongly. But sometimes, the other characters find it just as phony as the audience does.

This is when a character starts speaking like a JiveTurkey in an attempt to sound cool or relevant, and comes across as neither to other characters, who react with disdain (often TotallyRadical disdain).

Characters prone to this include ValleyGirl and SurferDude.

Not to be confused with LikeIsLikeAComma.


[[folder: Advertising ]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cW-bomqZ3Lw This Tim Horton's commercial]] for tea that is "steeped". A woman is under the impression that "steeped" is a slang word after being told that her tea has been steeped. Needless to say, she goes around saying the word to everyone.

[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* The ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime did this to Jesse and James in an episode where the duo was trying to convince Ash and crew to get on the SS Anne. James called the cruise "TotallyRadical," with Ash wondering who uses "radical" anymore.
* In ''Manga/MillenniumSnow'''s first volume, Chiyuki says that what Toya did for that little child was "dreamy." Toya reacts by yelling "No one uses dreamy anymore!"
* When ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has a near-death experience, he meets the fabled Sage of Six Paths in limbo. At first, the Sage speaks in an ancient style that confuses Naruto. Recognizing that times have changed and his speech-style is outdated, the Sage tries this trope. That just makes Naruto annoyed, and the Sage eventually manages a more normal dialect.

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* Mary Marvel in ''I Can't Believe It's Not the [[ComicBook/JusticeLeagueofAmerica Justice League]]'':
-->'''Fire:''' Whoa, whoa, back up. "''Crash'' in my ''crib''"?
-->'''Mary Marvel:''' Too street?
-->'''Fire:''' Next to you, Laura Bush is too street.
-->'''Mary Marvel:''' That's what Booster said. Not in so many words, but
-->'''Fire:''' Booster?
-->'''Mary Marvel:''' Booster Gold? Y'know our teammate?
-->'''Fire:''' Yes, I believe I've heard of him. Now what exactly did our dear teammate tell you?
-->'''Mary Marvel:''' That I was too... retro. That I needed to... how did he put it? Get down with my boogie parts and
-->'''Fire:''' That's enough.
* ''I Don't Need Your Civil War'' has ComicBook/CaptainAmerica driving a getaway truck shouting "The pigs are on our tail, homie!" and ComicBook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}} muttering to himself "Note to self: never teach Cap slang ever again."

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/ShrekTheThird'' Shrek uses slang to try talk to Arthur, who just freaks out ''further'' and screams "Help, I'm being kidnapped by a monster that's trying to relate to me!"
* In the ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' short "Riley's First Date?", Riley's mother tries this during an attempt to casually ask about the eponymous date ("So, what's the dealio with Jordan? O-M-G, he is awesomesauce, fo'shizzy!"). Riley's Disgust is so, well, disgusted she [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere just walks away from the console]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In an interesting inversion, Marty uses an awkward imitation of 50's-era teenage slang to get out of 'trouble' in ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', when he accidentally calls his future father 'Dad'... "[[LastSecondWordSwap Dad... daddy... daddy-o.]]"
* In the live-action ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' movie we discover that [[spoiler: monsters are possessing humans]] and being taught to blend in by watching videos of people using expressions like "what up, dog", "yo Red" and "y'know what I'm sayin G". This backfires because it makes them stick out even more.
* There's one scene in ''Film/TheLastDragon'' where Bruce Leroy is trying to infiltrate a group of shady factory workers by pretending to be cool. While practicing his intro, he repeats the line "Hey my man, what it look like?" in various tones and enunciations.
* Inverted in ''Film/SonInLaw'' when Grandpa Walter, after looking askance at Crawl's endless stream of slang throughout the movie, unexpectedly cuts the film's primary antagonist down to size with a flawless slang soliloquy and instantly becomes the coolest grandpa ''ever.''
* In ''Film/AHardDaysNight'', when George Harrison is brought to a fashion designer ([[YourCostumeNeedsWork unaware that he's the real deal]]) to preview some clothes.
-->'''Designer:''' Now, you'll like these, you'll really dig them. They're fab and all the other pimply hyperboles.
-->'''George:''' I wouldn't be seen dead in them. They're dead grotty!
-->'''Designer:''' "Grotty"?
-->'''George:''' Yeah, grotesque.
-->'''Designer:''' (''to assistant'') Make a note of that word and give it to Susan...
* In ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'', Robert's girlfriend Nancy tries to be hip with his daughter, Morgan...
-->'''Nancy''': What do you say, you ready to kick it?
-->'''Morgan''': Kick ''what''?
-->'''Nancy''': Why do you still have your [=PJs=] on?
-->'''Morgan''': It's been pretty busy around here.

[[folder: Literature ]]
* In one of the ''Literature/MsWiz'' books, the three Paranormal Operatives get a job as substitute teachers at the school and open an assembly doing a rap song. All of the kids look blankly at them in disbelief except for Class 3 who recognise Ms Wiz and join in with the song.
* In ''Literature/AmericanPsycho'', Patrick Bateman tries to use black slang in a nightclub to show that he isn't just some boring yuppie:
-->"I stick out my hand at a crooked angle, trying to mimic a rapper. "Hey," I say. "I'm fresh. The freshest, y'know... like, uh, def... the deffest." I take a sip of champagne. "You know... def."
-->To prove this I spot a black guy with dreadlocks and I walk up to him and exclaim "Rasta Man!" and hold out my hand, anticipating a high-five."
* In Richard Powell's ''Don Quixote, U.S.A.'' the rebel leader's second-in-command Eduardo is an ex-copywriter who tends to use ad agency lingo to punch up his speech. At one point he starts explaining one of his plans to the narrator.
-->"...You with me so far?"\\
"With bells on," I said, showing that I too could speak in the vernacular.\\
"Your slang is with it like high-button shoes," Eduardo said admiringly...

[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]
* In ''Series/HappyEndings'', Dave does this a lot in a season 2 episode, mostly about playing basketball with [[BlackBestFriend Brad]] and then all throughout the episode. He even lampshades how lame he sounds, and Brad asks him to stop.
-->'''Dave:''' Yo son, you ready to take the rock to the hole? Wassup son, we're street on this son!...*lowers his head in shame* I swam as a kid.
** This continues throughout the episode. "You ready to ball it up, son?" "I know my hip hop, son!" "You know it. And 1 son! And 1! *Holds his hand out for a refused fist bump*...I'll get you inside"
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'s'' Aeryn's initial attempts at incorporating English into her speech are an interesting example. She tries to use English to be more relatable to John but he just gets annoyed and demands that she stop using English when she invariably butchers the language.
* Joey does it on ''Series/{{Friends}}'' when he tries to act like a nineteen-year-old for a role. "Playing Playstation? That's wack. Playstation is wack." "Sup with the wack Playstation sup?"
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' Carla tries to bond with a teenage patient by using the phrase "T.M.I." After a couple of seconds of the teen staring at her blankly, Dr Cox breaks the silence with "Okaaaay. Joshua, I'm going to have a quick word with your parents, so you stay here and chat with Nurse Early Nineties Catchphrases."
** Dr Cox tries to talk to a 16 year old girlfriend with the following speech. It's one of the rare times he's not being sarcastic.
---> "Hey, Lindsey. What's up, girlfriend? It must be totally awesome to have the same name as that Lindsay Lohan".
* Parodied in an episode of ''Series/EightSimpleRules'' where we get introduced to a [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy wigger called Anthony]] who uses street lingo which Paul can't understand. At the end of the episode Cate uses the same lingo to make fun of him.
* ''Series/HannahMontana'' had a dentist greet Miley with a lot of outdated 70s slang.
* Alan does this quite a lot when trying to speak to Jake's friends on ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen''.
* In one episode of ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'', Robert picks up some street slang and starts saying things like "That's wack." Raymond points out: "We're Italian, "whack" means [[TheMafia something totally different]] to us."
* TheSeventies' DomCom ''Series/{{Butterflies}}'' revolved around an upper-middle-class family living in a smart part of London, where the mother of the standard TwoPointFourChildren was having a quiet mid-life crisis and contemplating an affair. Part of her daily trials were two teenage sons meant to be hip and trendy and on the cusp of fashion for 1975. But both of them spoke in teenage argot that might last have been current in 1967. The fact they were stuck in a time warp of a decade earlier was remarked upon.

[[folder: Meta ]]
* Potential double example with "XCalledTheyWantTheirYBack", which is shot back with "The 90s called, they want their phrase back" often enough to be annoying in and of itself.

[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]
* In ''ComicStrip/{{Zits}}'', Walt's attempts to use what he thinks is hip slang are a constant source of embarrassment to Jeremy.
-->'''Jeremy:''' Think outside the box? Dad, you ''are'' the box!
** Sometimes it seems Walt can't even use slang from his own generation:
--->[Jeremy slams cabinet door]\\
'''Walt:''' That's enough, Jeremy; just ''cool out''!\\
'''Jeremy:''' Dad, it's "chill" out, not "cool" out.\\
'''Walt:''' It is? Oh... That was pretty unchill of me, wasn't it?\\
'''Jeremy:''' Un-COOL!
** Later, Jeremy is alarmed when his dad ''does'' successfully use slang. This quotation returns things to normal:
-->'''Dad:''' What? I'm jiggy with the lingo!

[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'', the Planewalker's Handbook has both a glossary for the setting's slang and a guide to ''mis''using said slang. It's titled "Cant Dictionary for the Clueless" and containing some humorous, ironic and sometimes downright antonymous misunderstandings of common expressions.

[[folder: Theatre ]]
* In ''Theatre/WonderfulTown'', Speedy Valenti hires Ruth as a barker for his swing club, handing her a flyer. She starts to read (and sing) in a very stiff manner that prompts one of the patrons to shout, "Hey, cats, get a load of that square!" When the hep cats start singing, however, she gets the message and is soon {{Scatting}} like Music/CabCalloway.
* Shows up briefly towards the end of the stage musical version of ''Film/{{Once}}'':
-->'''Guy:''' Would you like to stay over with me tonight?
-->'''Girl:''' You mean hanky-panky?
-->'''Guy:''' I don't think anybody calls it "hanky panky" anymore...
-->'''Girl:''' Oh. Maybe that's why I haven't had any for a while.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* In ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'', Annah mocks some not-so-lower-class thug wannabes for trying to speak the Sigil Cant and getting it wrong.
* In ''VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves'', Bentley tries to brief Dimitri on a diving mission, and attempts to sound like him. After sadly failing, Dimitri responds with, "My speech is like smoke! All over the place, but ungrabable!"
** Afterward, he tells Bentley to "come at him with some turtle talk".
* Algernon, one of the {{nerd}}s from ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXw6BofMxdo takes to speaking in Ebonics in an attempt to sound cooler.]] In fact, he won't get to the point about what he wants until Jimmy triggers him back to speaking with YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe[=/=]{{Expospeak Gag}}s, as he normally does.
-->'''Algernon:''' Yo, Jimmy, I'm over here! Gimme five, dude!\\
'''Jimmy:''' Ahh, no.\\
'''Algernon:''' Heh, heh... Yeah, well, cat, looks like your homies took care of some lames for us.\\
'''Jimmy:''' What are you talking about?\\
'''Algernon:''' Don't get fresh wit' your homies!\\
'''Jimmy:''' Can you please talk normally?\\
'''Algernon:''' This is my normal style of rapping, bro. Hoo, hoo, hoo!\\
'''Jimmy:''' Alright. Enough. WHAT'S MY QUEST?\\
'''Algernon:''' Ah, right. Salutations, sir James!

[[folder: Web Animation ]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'':
** In the WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail "looking old", an email from a fan telling him "you really do look old" leads Strong Bad to attempt to make himself appear YoungerAndHipper.
--->'''Strong Bad:''' Now what I need is an image overhaul. Something to reconnect me with the youth of today. Something that says "Sup, my young parsons, I too am so on the go that I drink my yogurt from a tube!"
** ''WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad'', [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/tgs11.html Issue 11]], where Camp Counselor Shortshorts tries (and fails) to impress What's-her-Face and The Ugly One:
--->'''Camp Counselor Shortshorts:''' Now before you ask, "Who's this square?", listen to this: Scha-wing! Not! Who let the dogs out?!
--->'''The Ugly One:''' Buh-
--->'''What's-her-Face:''' -arf.

[[folder: Web Comics ]]
* In ''Webcomic/OutAtHome'', Herman often speaks to his teenage daughter Kate and her friends this way: "Yo yo yo, kiddos! Everything funky fresh in here?"
* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}} ''[[http://xkcd.com/166/ suggests]] that maybe, just maybe, they do it on purpose...

[[folder: Web Original ]]
* Parodied in an episode of ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall''. Linkara points out that the dialogue one of the characters uses in the ''Nightcat'' comic sounds horribly out-dated That is, the comic was written in the 1990s but has slang that sounds like it came from the 1970s. This concept is then spoofed in a gag where [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks 90s Kid]] points out how lame he thinks the dialogue of the comic is [[HypocriticalHumor while he ''himself'' is speaking in outdated 1990s slang.]]
* The page quote comes from ''Website/TheOnion'', mocking the use of TotallyRadical slang in anti-drug [=PSAs=].
* Creator/{{Cracked}} satirized Creator/QuentinTarantino's cringeworthy appearance on Creator/{{BET}} to promote ''Film/DjangoUnchained'': "[[http://www.cracked.com/video_18536_quentin-tarantino-bad-at-talking-to-black-people.html Quentin Tarantino Is Bad at Talking to Black People]]"
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic enjoys using TotallyRadical slang to mock media that tries in vain to be hip.
** The [[Recap/TheNostalgiaCriticS6E6 review]] of ''Film/TheCatInTheHat'' introduces "Peter Soulless," a CorruptCorporateExecutive who made a DealWithTheDevil for commercially successful Creator/DrSeuss movies. His TotallyRadical slang ties in with his awkward attempts to pander to contemporary pop culture:
-->'''Peter Soulless:''' ''I see you're young and impressionable too,\\
So I have a jiggy load of "crunk" here for you!\\
With modern jokes, adult jokes, and poop jokes galore,\\
References kids won't get -- who could ask for more?\\
It's totally "boss" and with the "in crowd."\\
Is there any "pwnage" this funkiness allows?''\\
'''Nostalgia Critic:''' Stop it! Stop it! Stop trying to sound cool!\\
'''Peter Soulless:''' Is my hizzy in an izzy?\\
'''Nostalgia Critic:''' Look, you clearly have no idea how people talk, and you clearly have no idea what made Dr. Seuss a great author.
** The Critic also riffs on the Mad Hatter's funky "Futterwacken" dance in his [[Recap/TheNostalgiaCriticS7E5 review]] of Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland2010'':
--> '''Nostalgia Critic:''' Whoa, wait a minute. Is Wonderland -- oh, sorry, ''Underland'' -- getting...''jiggy''? I think it is! [[Film/ReeferMadness Boy, he ain't no Paperman! He really swings out with a mess of jive!]] Oh my god, I haven't seen anything this ''crunk'' since I saw Music/VanillaIce [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=us0HMWVPv_M crackin' to the tune of macaroni and cheese]]! O-ho-ho, Hatter, you be ''dope!''\\
'''Malice:''' Okay, are you ''sure'' you didn't escape from a mental institution?
* The 2013 viral video "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kppx4bzfAaE Rappin' for Jesus]]," allegedly made by Pastor Jim Colerick of Iowa's West Dubuque Second Church of Christ, contains a fair amount of this. [[http://www.dailydot.com/entertainment/rappin-for-jesus-video-fake/ It's doubtful that this video was made by an actual church group]] -- there are no online records of Pastor Colerick, the West Dubuque Second Church of Christ closed in 2004 but the site was created in 2013, and the song drops the word "swag," which wasn't commonly used in HipHop until [[Music/{{OFWGKTA}} Tyler, The Creator]] started using it in 2010.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* Aang from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' was doing this while under disguise in the Fire Nation. He kept calling everybody "hotman" and saying "flameo", to the confusion of everyone around him. Apparently the terms had become outdated during his 100-year nap in the iceberg.
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' does this with Poop Dawg, the Gangsta Clown who's supposed to encourage kids to sell candy. He asks the children is they want to 'go madness with da moneyzz?!' and pronounces the word 'prizes' like "pri-zai-zez" while dropping the word ''yo'' every other word. Both the children near him in person and those watching look totally lost after hearing him speak.
** Not even the guy in the suit [[WhoWritesThisCrap can take himself seriously]].
* ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'': Forge can't help it that his slang's outdated, he's been in stasis since the 1970s. Nightcrawler comments on it anyway.
--> "Groovy"? Man, [[HypocriticalHumor that homie's lingo is whack!]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** In "The Itchy and Scratchy and Poochie Show", this is one reason that Poochie became TheScrappy of ''The Itchy & Scratchy Show''.
** In "Trash of the Titans", Homer interrupts a Music/{{U2}} concert to promote his run for sanitation commissioner:
-->'''Bono:''' Why should they vote for you?
-->'''Homer:''' That's a good question, Bono. 'Cause I'd be the most whack, tripped-out sanitation commissioner ever! Can you dig it?!
-->(''dead silence'')
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'':
** An episode had a child psychologist studying the kids in the field. She introduced herself saying "wazzup, homeys" and "mind if I hang with your posse".
** Another episode has Miss Grotke introduce a friend of hers dubbed a "slangologist" who used a load of slang words none of the kids could understand.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'' when Lil's friend comes to pick her up for a party Howard says "well I too think you look awesome...and rad".
* Mrs Bolts's husband in ''WesternAnimation/LloydInSpace'' tries to relate to the kids by using the words "chill" and "dude" rather excessively.
* Phineas tries this in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''... however, it doesn't go over so well (much to his disappointment and acknowledgement), ranging in confusion from his peers.
--> '''Phineas:''' We'll build the best dang carwash in the whole dang world, dang it! I...I can't really pull that off, can I?\\
'''Ferb:''' ...You're not very ''street''.\\
'''Phineas:''' ...Yeah.
* Dexter of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' does this in the episode "Average Joe", where he becomes convinced he's not a genius because an intelligence test he took in school came back "average", so he tries to act like an "average" kid by hanging out with some random guy his age and talking like this. It doesn't help that a lot of his expressions are lifted from Music/MichaelJackson songs.
* Tish's mother of ''WesternAnimation/TheWeekenders'' does this when she hangs out with the kids one weekend. What makes it even more hilarious is that she's an AlterKocker from Eastern Europe. The kids let her get away with it because she's demonstrating some impressive roller blading moves at the same time.
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness'': Afraid he's going to be replaced because he's old and rusty (Chao was [[OutOfContextEavesdropping talking about a wok]]), Master Shifu a.k.a. the Shif-ster starts talking in slang to showboat his youth, vitality and mega-hipness. Then he breakdances. Of course, as a Kung Fu Grandmaster he breakdances quite well.
* Rare example of a character doing this to try to sound ''older'' -- in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' episode "Buster the Brave", Buster was trying to get some older kids to let him hang out with them and learn how to skate like them. Cue him and Arthur dressed like stereotypical teenagers...
--> '''Buster:''' Hey, fresh dudes! Mind if we chill your crib?
--> '''Teen:''' ...What??
--> '''Buster:''' Me and my home fry here would like to be in your possum... I mean, posse.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode "Shirt Club", Mayor Dewey tries this in a painfully awkward attempt to bond with his son Buck. "I gotta gank dat youth vote, boy-ee!"