What does Rad mean?

Rad: Radical

If something is referred to as ‘Rad’, it means it’s really cool or impressive. The term comes from the word ‘radical’, and it got this cool new meaning back in the 1960s. The credit for this goes to the American surfers.

These surfers used ‘rad’ or ‘radical’ as a way to praise their fellow surfers after they did something really amazing or, you could say, ‘revolutionary’. This was their lingo, their way of acknowledging great talent.

But this slang didn’t just stay among the surfers, oh no! By the 1990s, other cool kids started using it too. A big shout-out goes to those who grew up watching cartoons like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Their influence helped spread the use of ‘rad’ far and wide.

Example for using ‘Rad’ in a conversation

Hey, did you see that new skateboarding video? It’s rad! πŸ€™

Yeah, I watched it yesterday. Those tricks were insane! πŸ›Ή

Totally! I wish I could pull off moves like that. They’re so radical! 😎

I know, right? Maybe we should hit the skate park together and practice some rad tricks ourselves! 🀘