The ’80s were the era of big hair – the frizzier, the better, and by frizzy we mean “strands of wavy or curly hair that do not align with others to form a defined wave or curl.”
1981: chill pill (as in "take a chill pill")
Ah, the mythical chill pill. One of the most popular ’80s terms that continued over to the ’90s it means to relax or calm down.
Two words – Arnold Schwarzennegger. The ’80s were the era of Austrian-American actor, whose body basically defined the word “buff.”
1983: Beat box
Everyone now thinks that beat boxing is the thing you do with your mouth, but in the ’80s it also referred to electronic drum machines.
John Hughes films are a gift to popular culture, and in 1984, the film Sixteen Candles introduced this term of teenaged exaggeration into popular culture.