DISCUSSIONS

The "in" crowd

Chat about what's in and out with Monica Hesse and Dan Zak at 11 a.m. on Jan. 4. Offer your own List items and tell them how wrong (or right) they are.

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Ranking what's out, what's in as 2010 dawns

By Monica Hesse and Dan Zak - Washington Post Staff Writers

Enough with that decade. Where's the "dislike" button?

On to the tweens! Our hair's as greasy as Jon Gosselin's plugs, our Twitter feed as gummed up as the 111th Congress. The Epic Icon Flush left us orphans of greatness. Cronkite: OUT. Updike: OUT. Farrah and Swayze: OUT and OUT. Funny thing about dying, though: It makes you IN one last time. Upon their deaths, the King of Pop and the Lion of the Senate underwent an image makeover quicker than you can say, "Larry, you're being inappropriate. You really are."

What's left, then? Where are our legends-in-the-making? Queasy from a recessional hangover, we squirmed into our Snuggie (turns out: not comfy, not funny), watched some instant Netflix on our PS3s, and slipped into a sleep (no Propofol, we swear). We dreamed a dream and woke up with a dowdy Scotswoman spooning us in our cultural bed.

There is good news. Washington: Finally IN, and getting inner! So flee New York, head down the Appalachian Trail, grab a beer and join our summit here by the White House gates. We're not on the list, so we made our own. Yes, it's inappropriate, but we did this for the show.

OUT

IN

Funemployment

Deferrals

Ironic flannel

Peanut allergies

Leggings

Pantslessness

Tagine steaming

Pickling

Group hugs

Platform sandals

Thigh-high boots

Srsly?

Elective C-sections

Small plates

Short menus

Bacon

Latin fusion

Latin Mass

Drug tests

Ripped abs

Ripped jeans

Blow-up dolls

AP classes

Apprenticeships

Small-batch bourbon

Slutty Strawberry Shortcake

Slutty Rainbow Brite

Dark matter

Used Toyota Tacomas

Sex tapes

Steamed pork buns

Korean hot dogs

END OF THE DECADE: AUF WIEDERSEHEN, AUGHTS!

FONDLY REMEMBERED

Uma Thurman's yellow track suit

Non-organic (but really freaking effective) household cleaning products

GOOD RIDDANCE

The Simon Cowell prototype

Crocs and Uggs

Cause bracelets

WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE PUT IN AND OUT FOR 2010?

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