Slang of the 1960s

 

A

  • A Gas: Having a lot of fun, as in “That’s a gas!”
  • All Show and No Go: Pretty car Nice wheels and so forth Looks good put has no go power
  • Almost Home: Near the end of a project
  • Ankle biters: Little children
  • Ape: Used with verbs gone or went (ie “When I came home an hour late my parents went ape)

B

  • Baby: A form of address used in an informal greeting
  • Bad: Awesome
  • Bad Pipes: A sore throat
  • Bad scene: An unpleasant event
  • Bag: Meant to steal Who bagged my wallet? Also “what’s your bag?”, which meant “What’s your problem?”
  • Bag some food for the brain: To study diligently
  • Ball: To have fun; or to have a party
  • Bat phone: Police officer’s phone
  • Be there or be square: The cool people will be gathering at a certain place
  • Beach bunny: Non-surfing girl at the beach
  • Bearded: Tricked
  • Beat Feet: Leave the area quickly
  • Beat It: Leave quickly
  • Beautiful people: Kindred hippie spirits
  • Bench Racing: Discussing who could beat who in a drag race
  • Bent: Grouchy; slightly annoyed
  • Big deal: Something of no consequence
  • Birdie biker: Female motorcyclist
  • Blade: A knife
  • Blast: Something spectacular; a lot of fun; had a great time like “I had a blast at the dance”
  • Blitzed: Drunk
  • Bod: Body or physique
  • Bogart: To injure or hurt
  • Bone Yard: Auto wrecking yard
  • Bomb: A total failure
  • Boob tube: Television
  • Book it: Leave the scene
  • Bookbusters: Students who study hard
  • Bookin’: Going real fast, usually in a car
  • Boss: Cool, fantastic, or super, as in “The new album I just bought is boss!”
  • Box: A record player
  • Boxes: Guitars
  • Brain drain: Emigration of a country’s scientists
  • Bread: Money
  • Brew: Beer
  • Brights: White socks
  • Brody or Brody Out: To skid half a circle with your brakes locked up
  • Bug: To annoy someone
  • Bug Out: Leave the premises
  • Bum trip: An unpleasant event
  • Bummed Out: Depressed
  • Bummer: Unpleasant experience
  • Bumped: Fired, dismissed
  • Burn one: Play a song
  • Burn Rubber: Squeal out with your tires spinning and leaving rubber on the asphalt
  • Burned: Cheated

C

  • Cat: a guy
  • Catch some rays: sunbather
  • Chalk Talk: A lecture in school
  • Change the channel: To change the topic of conversation
  • Cherry: Pristine or mint condition. That car is cherry!
  • Chick: a young woman
  • Chicken (To Play): Two cars drive head on towards each other and the first to pull away is a coward
  • Chicken head: A person who bothers you
  • Chill: To ignore
  • Chinese Firedrill: A Car is stopped at a red light and all occupants of the car get out of the car and run around it and get back in the car while holding up traffic
  • Choice: really cool; good looking
  • Chop: to cut down verbally
  • Chops: Teeth
  • Chrome Dome: a bald guy
  • Church Key: Before pop-top cans, there were openers that were designed to puncture the soda can to drink from it
  • Clanked: Tired
  • Clean: Knowing the right thing to do
  • Clue you in: To explain
  • Clutz: Awkward person
  • Clyde: A person that one insults or dislikes; a clumsy person
  • College: Jail
  • Coming Off: going on, happening
  • Cool: Nice
  • Cool Head: nice guy
  • Cool it: calm down
  • Cool your chops: To shut your mouth
  • Copasetic: very good; all right, as in “no problem”
  • Copping out: To renege, break a promise
  • Cords: Corduroy pants which were a size too small so they could be worn very tight
  • Crash: Go to bed; go to sleep
  • Crash pad: Place to sleep
  • Crocked: Intoxicated
  • Cut out: To leave without ceremony
  • Cut up: To make jokes or pull pranks

D

  • Daddy’s Car: A car that was very conservative looking; that might be owned by your parents
  • Dance holes in your soles: To dance energetically
  • Deb’s delight: Eligible bachelor
  • Deck: To knock someone out in a fight
  • Decked Out: All Dressed Up
  • Deuce and a quarter: A Buick Electra
  • Dibs: Used with the word got “I got dibs on that seat” Meaning you own it
  • Dig: Do you understand?
  • Dime Bag: One ounce of marijuana in a baggie
  • Ding-a-ling: Odd person, nerd
  • Dip: A person that one dislikes or insults
  • Ditz: An idiot
  • Do your own thing: Do it your own way
  • Don’t Flip Your Wig: Don’t get upset
  • Don’t Have A Cow: Don’t get upset
  • Don’t Sweat It: Don’t let it bother you
  • Dork: A person who is hopelessly out of touch with the present
  • Dove: Peace lover
  • Downers:Barbiturates also called  reds
  • Drag: Someone or something that’s boring
  • Drop a dime: To inform on someone
  • Dropout: Nonconformist
  • Dude: A geek; clumsy; uncoordinated; one the speaker dislikes a male
  • Dullsville: Boring

E

  • Eat Dirt: To receive brutal criticism
  • Eatin’ grapes off of the wallpaper: Very disturbed about something

F

  • Fab: Attractive, exciting, fantastic
  • Fab Four: The Beatles
  • Fags:  Cigarettes
  • Fake out: To fool somebody
  • Fat City: A good situation
  • Fell out: Went to sleep
  • Finger poppin’: Snapping your fingers
  • Fink: Tattletale
  • Fink out: to back out, quit
  • Five Finger Discount: Anything acquired by theft
  • Five on five: Shake hands with someone
  • Flake: A useless person
  • Flake off: Scram or get lost
  • Flake out: A disappointment; a flop
  • Flap jaw: A talkative person
  • Flee the scene: To leave
  • Flick: A movie
  • Flip Flops: Thongs that you wore on your feet
  • Flip side: the song on the reverse side of a record
  • Flower child: hippie, member of the counterculture
  • Fly right: To be honest
  • For real: truly, indeed
  • Fox: An outstanding, attractive looking chick
  • Freak out: To lose control
  • Freedom riders: Civil rights protesters
  • Froggy-doos: Canvas shoes
  • Frost: To anger
  • Funky: Down to earth, acceptable
  • Funny money: Counterfeit bills
  • Funky: Excellent
  • Fuzz: The police

G

  • Gas: Something spectacular, fun, and amusing
  • Gasser: The very best
  • Generation gap: Difference between youth and their parents
  • Get it together: Straighten out one’s life
  • Get-up-and-go: Energy, pep
  • Get With The Words: A command to start talking
  • Gig: A party; a job for a musician
  • Gimme some skin: Shake hands
  • Give me some sugar: To kiss
  • Glad rags: Dress clothes
  • Glasspacks: Mufflers lined with fiberglass to muffle the sound The shorter the muffler the louder the sound
  • Glitch: An obstacle
  • Go ape: Lose control
  • Go-go: Of discotheques or a style of music
  • Go with the flow: To relax, be passive
  • Going Steady: If you were “going steady,” you were dating only one special person
  • Gone: Cool, groovy, neat, neato
  • Greaser: Person with long oily hair
  • Green: Money
  • Grody: Disgusting
  • Groove: A record
  • Groove yard: A record store
  • Groovin’: Enjoying something
  • Groovy: Outstanding, nice, “cool” or neat
  • Gross: Repulsive
  • Grossed out: Disgusted
  • Grubs: Old, comfortable clothing
  • Grungy: Shabby, dirty
  • Gutt Waddin’: Any type of cheap fast food, to fill you up and take the hunger away

H

  • Hack: Cope
  • Hacked or Hacked Off: Mad or upset
  • Hairy: Out of control or difficult
  • Hang a left: Make a left turn
  • Hang it up: To quit
  • Hang loose: Relax, take it easy
  • Hang tough: To persevere or endure
  • Hang-up: Problem
  • Happening: Special event or a good party
  • Hassle: To fight
  • Hawk: War supporter
  • Heat: The police
  • Heavy: Powerful, deep thought, or sad
  •  Herion:  was known as “smack”, “horse”, or the more appropriate “poison”
  • Hip: Very Cool
  • Hodad: A non-surfer who just hangs around the beach
  • Hog: A Cadillac
  • Home plate: Where you live
  • Hood: Small-time, petty criminal
  • Hopped up: Souped up like a car
  • Hot dog: Show-off
  • Hot Wax: A very popular phonograph record
  • Hunk: What a girl calls a good-looking guy
  • Hustle: To persuade or pressure

I

  • Idiot stick: Someone who acts as he was not very smart
  • In Crowd: The group of popular people
  • In the groove: A member of the in-crowd

J

  • Jam: A party
  • Jam the box: To play a phonograph record
  • Jazzed: Elated, excited
  • Jive: Talk that makes no sense
  • Johnny Law: The police
  • Joint:  A marijuna “cigarette”  often referred to as a “joint”, “spliff”, “bone”, “doobie”, “reefer” or “Hey, gimme that!” A half smoked joint was a roach.  Popular phrase was “Don’t Bogart that joint” meaning pass it around or share it. From lyrics by Country Joe And The Fish
  • Juice: Inside, confidential information

K

  • Keyed: Excited
  • Kicks: A pastime; an activity done for pleasure
  • Killer: Extremely good
  • Kiss off: To dismiss
  • Kissup: A person that will do anything to please another person in authority
  • Konk: The head
  • Konk class: School

L

  • Laid back: Relaxed
  • Lame: Pathetic
  • Later: Goodbye
  • Lay A Patch: Burn rubber with car wheels as you leave
  • Lay It On Me: Tell me or speak your piece
  • Lay out: To sunbathe
  • Leaner: A freeloader
  • Let’s hat up: Generally used in the military Since you had to wear a hat while in uniform while outside so when leaving a building you would say “lets hat up”
  • Let’s here some lingo: A command to start talking
  • Lid: One ounce of marijuana in a baggie
  • Lingo: Speech or language dialect
  • Lip Flappin’: Talking about things of little importance
  • Loaded: Intoxicated or drunk
  • Lose your cool: To lose one’s temper or to “become flustered
  • LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide: Acid, Trips, Cubes, Acid Freak, Acid Head, Acido, Aeon Flux.  Associated with the names of colors.

M

  • Machine: An extremely fast and good-looking car
  • Make Out: Kissing
  • Make Tracks: To leave in a hurry
  • Marijuana: also called  “pot”, “weed”, “herb”, “smoke”, “reefer”, “Mary Jane” or “Hey, gimme that!”
  • Meanwhile Back At The Ranch: It was used to get the storyteller to get to the point. Keep it short.
  • Mess and a half: A situation which has degenerated beyond what you can handle
  • Mickey Mouse: Out of touch with styles and trends
  • Midnight Auto Service: Car thieves
  • Midnight Auto Supply: Stolen auto parts
  • Mileage: Wrinkles
  • Mint: Fine; excellent; great
  • Mod: Modern, in fashion
  • Mop-top: One with a Beatle haircut
  • Mover: Influential person
  • Music machine: A radio, jukebox, or phonograph
  • My Man: A very good friend

N

  • Neato: Sharp
  • Nifty: Useful, good
  • Nitty-Gritty: The core of truth
  • No Sweat!: No problem
  • No Way!: Definitely not!
  • Nose: The front end of a surfboard
  • Not to cool: Devious, unfair
  • Now: Fashionable
  • Nowhere: Not very good; not acceptable

O

  • Off the wall: Strange
  • Old Lady: Referred to Mom
  • Old Man: Referred to Dad
  • On the hook: Responsible for the outcome of something
  • On the turf: Looking for work
  • Out of his tree: Crazy
  • Out of sight: Great, unbelievable

P

  • PDA: Public Display of Affection
  • Pack it in: To get rid of someone or something
  • Pad: Bed, place to sleep
  • Paper Shaker: Cheerleader
  • Passion Pit: Drive-in Movie
  • Pay one’s dues: To pay for making a mistake
  • Payola: Money, a bribe
  • Peel Out: Burn or leave rubber with your car
  • Peepers: Eyeglasses
  • Percolate!: Let it happen!
  • Pig: Cop
  • Pig Out: Overeat
  • Pit Guard: Underarm deodorant
  • Pits: Disgusting, unpleasant
  • Plastic:Artificial, fake; less than genuine
  • Pokey: Jail
  • Poop: The latest information
  • Pound: To beat up somebody ie “I’m gonna pound you
  • Psychedelic: Bright, dreamy patterns of light or color

Q

R

  • Rack: To sleep
  • Rag top: Convertible
  • Rags: Clothes
  • Rap: To talk, chart
  • Rap session: Discussion
  • Rat: Someone who informs on you
  • Rat fink: Detestable person; someone who informs on you
  • Ratty: Unfair; in bad condition
  • Rays: Sunshine
  • Real People: An honest, sincere, candid person
  • Rents: Parents
  • Right on: Yes, okay; a term of agreement
  • Righteous: Very good
  • Ring on the ring-a-ling: Call on the telephone
  • Rinky-Dink: Trivial
  • Rip off: Robbery, theft
  • Rockin’ Out: Really good fun:spectacular
  • Rubbers: Shoes for rain or condoms.
  • Rumble: To fight, especially a gang-related fight

S

  • SWAK: Sealed With A Kiss
  • Sack out: To go to sleep
  • Sad: An expression of disapproval
  • Scene: The place where something is happening
  • Scratch: Money
  • Scurvy: Ugly; weird; not having a neat appearance
  • Shades: Sunglasses
  • Shot down: Rejected
  • Shotgun: Passenger seat in the front seat of a car next to the door The place of honor.
  • Shrink: Psychiatrist
  • Shuck: A phony
  • Shut your face: Stop talking!
  • Sit in: To take over an area in protest
  • Skinny: The latest information
  • Skirt: A girl
  • Skuzz bucket, which could mean an ugly car as well
  • Snuff: To ignore or to break a
  • Soak up some rays: To sunbathe
  • Sock it to me: Let me have it; or sa
  • Sosh: Meaning a person who is stuck-up, snooty,
  • Spaced out: Completely inattentive
  • Speed: What most users called any drug from the amphetamine family. Also known as “Bennies”, “Whites”, and “Uppers”
  • Spiffy: Neat, good
  • Split: Leave the scene
  • Square: Somebody not “cool”
  • Squaresville: A dull place
  • Stay loose: To remain poised;
  • Stood Up: A no-show for a date
  • Straight: Not using drugs
  • Street people: The homeless
  • Strung out: Disturbed, word
  • Stuck Up: Conceited
  • Submarine Races: Park to which of course was only an excuse to park and make out For your information there were no such thing as a submarine race
  • Sweat: To worry

T

  • Take care of business (TCB): To do something
  • Talkin’ trash: Gossiping, lying, exaggerating
  • Teach: A teacher
  • Teenie bopper: Young teen rock
  • Teenies: Tennis shoes
  • Tell it like it is: Hold nothing back
  • The man: Anyone in authority
  • Thick: Naïve; dense; dumb
  • Ticked off: Angry
  • Tight: Very friendly
  • Think Fast: It usually tell you to get ready because someo was tossing you something
  • Threads: Clothes
  • Thumb: To hitchhike
  • Tight: Close to someon
  • Together: Free of anxiety
  • Toke: taking a puff on a joint (marijuana cigarette)
  • Tones: Phonograph records
  • Tooling: To cruise or drive around
  • Torn up: Hurt
  • Total: Completely demolish
  • Tough: Great looking
  • Tough as toenails: hard or strong
  • Trash: To make a mess of
  • Treads: Sneakers, shoes
  • Tuesday: Later, never
  • Tuff: Excellent
  • Tune in: Pay attention
  • Tune out: Ignore
  • Tunes: Songs
  • Turn off: Not good
  • Tuesday: Later, never
  • Tuff: Excellent
  • Tuna (or Big Tuna
  • Tune in: Pay attention
  • Tune out: Ignore
  • Tunes: Songs
  • Turn off: Not a good thing

U

  • Uncool: Bad, tense; t
  • Unglued: Distraught
  • Unreal: Outstanding; o
  • Up front: Open, straightforward, upright
  • Uptight: Nervous, tense; bound by conventional thinking

V

W

  • Wax: A phonograph record
  • Way out: Beyond explanation
  • Wedgie:  When somebody pulls your underwear up from the back
  • Weeds: Cigarettes
  • What a bum trip: Something did not go right or bad drug experience.
  • What a gas!: What fun!
  • What-say: An expression
  • What’s happening?: A greeting,
  • What’s the deal?: What is happening
  • What’s Your Bag?:  Do you have a problem or what do you do
  • Wheels: A car
  • Whiz kid: Intelligent
  • Wicked: Extraordinarily good
  • Wig: The mind
  • Wig out: To lose
  • Wipe-out: Fell off of surf board
  • Wiped out: Exhausted, drained
  • Wow: Fantastic
  • Woody Wagon: A wood-sided station wagon used by  surfers to drive to and from the beach

X

  • xoxo – hugs and kisses

Y

  • You take care of the hot dogs and I’ll take care of the orange drinks: You do your part and I’ll do mine; or mind your own business
  • Yuck: expression of disgust

Z

  • Zap: Wipe
  • Zilch: Zero
  • Zit: Pimple
  • Zot: Zero; nothing

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