I ran across a list of slang terms from the 1960’s that no one uses anymore. You remember the ‘60’s, don’t you? It was in all the papers. See how many of these you were guilty of saying, and how many still apply today.
Far out – This doesn’t mean you missed your exit ramp on the highway and wound up in Teaneck, New Jersey by mistake. It means you approve, as in “Far out, man!”
Bummer – Although this could apply to a homeless guy on the street corner holding a sign, it really refers to being a little sad, like “I’m really bummed out today.”
Foxy – An undeniable sex appeal. Also heard as Foxy Lady and Stone Fox. Why are foxes considered sexy, instead of coyotes or wolves? I guess “Wolfie lady” doesn’t have the same ring. A word of caution: if you call a woman by either of those names today, you may find yourself on Twitter alongside Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby.
Gimme some skin – This refers to a handshake, not a Plastic Surgeon’s order to his Nurse.
What’s your bag? – This one confused me, because I’ve heard it used in reference to one’s occupation or skill, as in “That’s my bag.” It actually means “What’s your problem?”
Bippy – All the times I watched “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-in,” where the word originated, I had no idea that bippy meant posterior. Now the phrase “You bet your sweet bippy” takes on a whole new meaning.
Can you dig it? – Yeah, man, I understand you perfectly. Now let me get back to this ditch I dug before you ask me if I’m through diggin’ it.
Old lady – A term of endearment for one’s wife or girlfriend, and not to be confused with “My old man.” For the current consequences of using this term, reference “Foxy” above.
Freak flag – I had never heard of this one, but Jimi Hendrix coined it to mean “the weirdest person in the room.” I.e., “I’m flyin’ my freak flag tonight!”
Hang loose – Relax and chill, dude!
Fuzz – The police. No one seems sure why hippies chose to refer to law enforcement officers as Fuzz, but it still gets used.
Lay it on me – No, this isn’t an invitation to be a human mattress. It means “Tell me what’s on your mind.”
Bogart – To hoard all of the goodies and not share your reefer with the rest of the party. Inspired by Humphrey Bogart’s habit of letting a cigarette dangle from his lips longer than necessary.
It’s a gas – Anything guaranteed to make you laugh. Also used to describe the menu at Taco Bell.
Foam domes – The act of stuffing one’s bra with Kleenexes. Refer to the movie “Animal House” for an example.
Grass – Still used as an acronym for marijuana.
Heavy – Today this could be an ad for Jenny Craig, but it really meant emotional weight.
Submarine races – Describing two people being intimate in a parked car in the dark, as in “Let’s go to the shore and watch the submarine races.”
Bread – Money. Cash. Greenbacks. Fundage.
Split – As in “I’m outta here, man!”
Surprisingly absent from the list were groovy, cool, Doobie, and get it on. I wonder how people 50 years from now will regard our current slang usage? I can just see it now—a couple of philosophers reading an old copy of a magazine and pontificating on the meaning of things like bling, Po-po, PNP, and “Where all da freaks at?”
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Tim Smith is an award-winning, bestselling author of romantic mystery/thrillers and contemporary erotic romance. His website is www.timsmithauthor.com.