7 Words I’m Trying To Make Happen

The other day on my ride home from work, I was listening to Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” and car dancing (obviously). I know every word and the moment she got to her cheerleader line “…and to the fella over there with the hella good hair won’t you come on over baby we can shake…”, it occurred to me, why don’t we say hella anymore? 7th grade Nadine used the word hella more than she used AIM. So basically, a lot.

It got me thinking about all the words and expressions that I use a lot that maybe other people don’t. Or words that I wish would make a comeback. Basically, words I’m trying to make happen.

Sure, this reference is 10 years old, but damn it, IT WORKS.
Sure, this reference is 10 years old, but damn it, IT WORKS.


I’d feel like a teenager if I used this word but I still really want to.


Spiffy is my non-awkward way of complimenting a guy on being very well put-together without seeming like you’re hitting on him. Handsome is too mushy for use on guys who aren’t your boyfriend, brother, or child. Spiffy takes its place nicely and I secretly feel like I’m giving a nod to my grandmother, who is probably the reason I use this word in the first place.


Call me Gretchen Weiners, I’ve been trying to make crunchy happen for at least two years now. This should only be used in a non-food way to describe situations that are slighty difficult or annoying. Examples include:

Traffic on the way here was so crunchy.

Work was just really crunchy today.

It was just a really crunchy situation.

This honestly might just be my favorite word when used in this context.


Someone recently laughed in my face for using this expression. No exaggeration.


YOLO is for rappers.

You’re Only Young Once (YOYO) is for mid-to-late twenty-somethings who want to justify occasionally doing things that they probably did at 20. Bondage skirt a little too showy? Wear it. YOYO.

Okay fine! It’s basically the same as YOLO it’s just that it feels like less of a death wish or something. You aren’t going to do something ridiculously stupid (YOLO), just stupid for someone your age (YOYO).


I get that this is a word but working with patients, I have to pronounce last names a lot and hyphenated names always throw me off (you’d be shocked how many people just give one of the names instead of both). So I now pronounce the hyphen whenever I come across a hyphenated name. John Doe-HYPHEN-Smith.

When Archie is being a bad dog I call him Archie [insert Scottish last name] “HYPHEN” [insert Persian last name]. I don’t know why I find this hilariously funny but it’s an ongoing inside joke with myself and I giggle almost every time I use it.


Is this a California word? No one here calls Interstate 95 “the freeway” except me. It’s a stupid expression really, because it’s not freaking free. $40 in tolls just to get from Philly to Long Island? You gotta be kidding me…

What words or expressions are you trying to make happen? Come on, you know you’ve got a few.

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