RIP: The Eight Most Hopelessly Awesome Made-Up Music Words

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Bootylicious, adj. Definition: this.
When was the last time you heard someone say they were "gettin' jiggy with it" (and didn't slap them)? The answer is probably not recently enough. In honor of the woman we saw invoking the word "Bootylicious" on the back of her tiny shorts this weekend, we have broken down a few of the inexplicable words that briefly, gloriously and awkwardly entered the lexicon. Because if the world needs more of anything, it's dated, ambiguously sexual '90s lingo. Feel free to bring up your (maybe least) favorites in the comments.

8. Bootylicious
Heard in: "Bootylicious" by Destiny's Child
Part of speech: Adjective
Take one look at Beyonce, that sassy-gorgeous R&B vixen who was a solo artist even when she wasn't, and you will remember why this word had a brief moment of awesome. We could tell you her ass is to die for, which it is, but the fact that there was a song created with the sole purpose of bragging about it while simultaneously teasing a dude who couldn't handle her is evidence enough. Although the idea that it's possible to be too bootylicious is one we don't agree with, we're glad there's a word outside of the jargon in "Baby's Got Back" to describe this natural miracle.

7. De-lovely
Heard in: "It's De-Lovely" by Cole Porter
Part of speech: Adjective
Fuck the thesaurus. When delightful and delicious simply won't cut it, you have a third option that means basically the same thing as many similar and real adjectives but sounds that much cooler. It's like you're breaking the rules while still being very polite and complimentary. It's the rebel descriptor, an adjective without a cause, if you will, because you could, let's be real, just say "lovely."


6. Fergalicious
Heard in: "Fergalicious" by Fergie
Part of speech: Adjective
We hear that Fergie's spirit inhabits your body for a slight second every time you invoke the diva's (fake) name. It could also mean many things, so pay careful attention to how we use it in the following examples. "Hey, Jill, those fur ankle boots go great with your swimsuit. Totally Fergalicious." "John, I think your fearless willingness to urinate onstage during your black metal show is really Fergalicious." "Cindy, what's up with all these Seinfeld re-runs? So not Fergalicious." This is basically a hyper-specific and yet somehow more vague version of the previous two words.

5. Californication
Heard in: "Californication" by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Part of speech: Noun
This one has limited applications, we admit, but that doesn't detract from its awesomeness. We're not sure if an act actually has to have occurred in California to apply here, but we're going to let the rules slide and interpret this one as anything that could have happened in California or does happen there on a regular basis. It's something to dream of, though, so the real point here is not to use it lightly.


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5 comments
Chuckles Berry
Chuckles Berry

My favorite is "Motorvatin'" (and other songs?) by Saint Louis's own Charles Berry in "Maybelline."

Jjgittes1
Jjgittes1

Why stop at 8?  I'll add "Pompitous" from Steve Miller's "The Joker" andthen someone else can pile on until we "go to 11."

Ronnie
Ronnie

So, George Harrison's "Wonderwall Music" (1967) for the film of the same name didn't precede Oasis' "creation" of the word? The less you know ...

Andrew
Andrew

Californication was around long before RHCP. I heard it a fair amount growing up in Oregon in the 80s to refer to the negative aspects of increased population and suburban growth (largely driven by people moving from California)

Oasis fan
Oasis fan

That's why she said "modern definition." Even Noel admits he stole the word from George, but it didn't really mean anything back then.

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