Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Can you help a sister with a word?

I need a little help. What did you call the smokers in high school? The kids that worked on their cars and dressed like future night shift employees at the local lumber mill? My brothers called 'em Grits. At Jim's school they were Slippies. Did yours have a name?

21 Comments:

Blogger Orange said...

They usually exuded an air of also being fond of drugs. We called 'em burnouts.

11/08/2007 5:46 AM  
Blogger mamatulip said...

Skids.

11/08/2007 6:40 AM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

Stoners. This may have been unfair, as they may not have been stoned, but that's what we called them.

11/08/2007 7:17 AM  
Blogger Eliza said...

I'm with Orange. Burnouts. Yes indeed.

11/08/2007 11:06 AM  
Anonymous JMo said...

In Wisconsin they were stoners, in Arizona they were burnouts...

11/08/2007 12:50 PM  
Blogger meno said...

Stoners, or Buttheads.

11/08/2007 5:51 PM  
Blogger Feral Mom said...

Burnouts, in Iowa. What did you call the people in marching bands? We were always not-so-affectionately known as "band fags."

11/08/2007 9:51 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

In Vermont we called them Future Misguided Republicans.

Scrubs. we called them scrubs.

11/09/2007 1:38 PM  
Blogger Henny Penny said...

Hoods. And the people who hung out under the piano were the Sticky People.

11/09/2007 5:39 PM  
Blogger Montana1 said...

We called the druggies "freaks" and the smokers/leather jacket crowd, "Bikers." We had different buildings named A Unit, B Unit, etc. There was a group of cool women that hung with the bikers and they were known as the "DUCs" D Unit Chicks.

11/09/2007 8:43 PM  
Anonymous V-Grrrl said...

In the south, they were the Rednecks, but my Yankee brother called them the Cretins.

When we lived in NY, they were Greasers.

But Mignon, your brother calling them Grits is just too perfect.

11/10/2007 12:50 AM  
Blogger Nance said...

Wow. Those were two different groups in my school. The people that smoked were burnouts or hoods. The people that worked on their cars were always the Puerto Ricans and they never dressed like you said, but they were called gearheads or bondos.

11/12/2007 1:10 PM  
Anonymous wordgirl said...

Freaks.

11/12/2007 7:05 PM  
Blogger Arabella said...

Metalheads. Makes no sense, I know.

11/15/2007 9:35 AM  
Anonymous wordgirl said...

So... how come I never hear from you anymore? Is it me?

11/15/2007 9:58 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Burners - a take on Burnouts, I guess.

11/15/2007 1:12 PM  
Anonymous TB said...

In Virginia Beach we called them Grits too. How weird is that?

11/16/2007 7:34 AM  
Blogger Jaye Wells said...

"friends"

Just kidding. I don't think we had a special name for them.

11/16/2007 1:05 PM  
Anonymous Claudia said...

In High School (Belgium) we called smokers (myself included at the time), the 'laissez faire' gang. Let them do...

In the late 80's, you have to remember, smoking was still cool. ;-)

11/16/2007 1:49 PM  
Blogger Mamalujo said...

Heads.

Nothing to do with suckin' a dick, though.

11/16/2007 9:24 PM  
Blogger Ortizzle said...

Hoods, I guess. I don't think there were a lot of those in my high school.

11/17/2007 1:57 PM  

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