Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "tubular journey" that is used as a title of a running game's description.

I know the lexical meaning of the word "tubular", but it doesn't seem to fit here.

The main character continuously runs in a city that reminds one of 70's decade. Does the word "tubular" have a connection to that decade?

  • Was your question not answered by checking a dictionary? Please include the research you’ve done.
    – Laurel
    Jun 23, 2019 at 10:44
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    "tubular" was 70/80s surfer/California slang for "awesome". See this web page. Does the city resemble LA? Jun 23, 2019 at 12:07
  • @PeterShor that should be an answer. A few of us are old enough to remember that.
    – GEdgar
    Jun 23, 2019 at 12:18
  • @PeterShor Your suggestion makes perfect in the given context. I am not sure if the city resembles LA.
    – seeeker
    Jun 23, 2019 at 12:36

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"Tubular" was originally surfer slang in the 1970s, meaning "awesome". It later spread more broadly among young people in California in the 1980s, and then became hopelessly passé.

It's discussed on this web page of 80s slang.

It seems quite likely this is the meaning of tubular journey the OP is asking about, especially if the city in the game at all resembles LA in the 1970s.

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    So not a trip on the London Underground. Jun 23, 2019 at 12:41
  • tubular in surfing means surfing the inner surface of the barrel,or tube, of a wave. I know because I am a surfer. But yes, the adjective is similar to gnarly, i.e., awesome. I dunno the game mentioned here but the canyons of a city can be like a tube.
    – Lambie
    Jun 23, 2019 at 17:09
  • I have no recollection of actually experiencing this term in use, but I think it may have lingered on a bit longer than the ‘80s. It’s used by Jay and Ernie in Hocus Pocus (1993), and while those two are sort of the Beavis and Butthead of the film, I don’t think their slang would have been hopelessly passé – just slightly on its way out. Jun 23, 2019 at 22:46

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