|Slang introduced during the 1970s.
This is a list of the slang words that were popular during the 1970s.
real deal or truth ex "let me give you the skinny on the deal"
- ' Can You Dig It'
Do you understand? " Can you dig it man?"
To trick someone. To B.S. someone. As if to psyche them out.
Used to describe something offensive or an unrealistic idea. "That's so Bogue" or "That's Bogue" or "Bogue, man..."
- The 'Crib' and going to the 'Gig'
The "crib" was going home or to someone else's house, and "gig" was work or job.
- 'Don't Be Such A 'spaz'
A 'spaz' was someone that was accident prone,clutsy, or just acting stupid.
- 'Dream On'
a term used to get someone down to earth, or tell them they are being unrealistic about something, e.g. when someone would say, "I'm getting a brand new car!" you'd respond, "Yeah, right; dream on man!"
- 'Far Out'
- 'Good night, John-boy.'
An annoying phrase popularized by the entire cast of "the Waltons" -- except by John-boy" himself.
- 'In Your Face!'
I have succeeded in embarrassing or up-staging you
- 'Lay A Gasser'
- 'May The Force Be With You'
The most popular line from one of the greatest movies of the 70s(and of all time) StarWars.
To describe an overbearing, "two faced", or deceitful person or thing. Also: "Phony Baloney" which then became: "Baloney" which is an active form, used to instantly dismiss the phony person or utterance.
- 'That's Sick!'
A Midwestern phrase in the late 70's. To describe something odd or unusual. Not necessarily an person or object of distaste, but something suspect but also intriguing. "Sick!"
- 'The Man'
the man to me means any authority, corporations, police, government, they're all the man tho first used in the 60's by the hippies it live through the 70's,80's,90's and still to this day
- 'To The Max'!
Take it to the maximum. The best it can be.
- 'You Know'
This was said at the end of nearly every sentence :)
- 'You're So Stunned'
Meaning the person acted or said something stupid, dumb.
- 'Your Mama'
"Your Mama" was said a lot of my school, with also "Joe Mama." With "Happy Days" that brought us the word "Nerd" which was VERY popular.
- 'book' Or 'booking'
To leave or run quickly, usually away from something.
a cute girl
- 'catch You On The Flip~side'
see you later
- 'chill' 'be Cool'
everything had "city" after it. That was cool-city.
same as fabulous. ex: "that movie was fab"
- 'feel Tha Funk'
feel the music. get down wit da boogie.
- 'fool That You Are'
it is like saying "dork" or "goofball". also like saying you know that you are a dork in a playing around tone or way.
- 'get Down,' Or, 'boogie'
- 'keep On Truckin'
go w/ the flow
Beginning every sentence with "like". "Like we went to the mall and like I saw him looking at me."
- 'looo-king Gooood!'
a phrase popularized by the late Freddie Prinz Sr. on the tv sitcom "Chico and the man."
Jewish slang for someone who a constant screw up or foul up or just being a jerk
- 'right On' !!
Right on--was a slang used for cool people when you agreed to something ex: Are you going to the club tonight--Right on!
- 'to The Max.'
Taken to an extreme. As in: That dude is so bitchen, to the max.
- 'what It Is, What It Is'
a greeting usually meaning,"hey", "What's up?"
Ending a question or sentence using the word "with" has been used in the scandinavian communities of the mid-west since the early 70's. I remember getting flack from people we visited out east, in Boston, during the bicentenial when I used it that way. The most common questions I remember asking are; "ya wanna go with?" or "can I go with?"
for sure, or for real
Just another groovy word for funky and awesome.
Reference to a stupid person, usually a woman, usually blond. Often someone pretending to be stupid in order to be considered attractive to the opposite sex. "Chrissy on Three's Company is such an airhead."
- All Right
that's da bomb
- Are You Decent?
Are you fully dressed?
Cool: That's totally awesome Man!
sexy, groovy person or someone you love
Very cool or very good. As a rule, "Bad" was applied most readily to songs and outfits that you liked.
- Be There Or Be Square
Means Be at the party or place or be boring.
- Bear or Smokey
Since they wore the standard uniform with a "Smokey the Bear" hat, mobile police officers were referred to as "Smokey Bears" or, as it was quickly shortened to, "Smokies",a "smokey" or "Bear(s)". As time went on the term naturally got picked up and applied to any mobile law officer or any officer in general. The movies were quick to pick up on this slang and popularized it in the movie Smokey and the Bandit.
- Beat The Drag
driving up and down the 'loop' or the designated driving area as defined by the cool kids with cars!!!
- Black Saber
like on fire (totally) hip or hot.
Used for like a greeting to a friend used for ex: What'sgoing on BLOOD.
- Blow Off/blew Off
to skip, avoid or ignore someone or something. "I blew off that class." or "He was such a jerk, I just blew him off."
To hog something. Like, "Hey man, don't Bogart that smoke. Pass it down!"
Bad, like "That food was really bogue tonight.
Dang it! To be annoyed with something. Also means fake.
adj. to be hip, cool. ex. That guy has a bomb Chevelle.
- Bomb Dude
that's sweet. Awesome, something very cool.
- Boob Tube
to get your groove on; to dance.
To leave or move in a hurry. "I've gotta book. I'll catch you later"
To engage in a heavy fight, often to the death.
Money; Cash. "Do you have any bread?"
- Brick House
a brick house is when someone is well built.
Mate, buddy, good friend
Physically well built.
- Buggin Out, Bugged Out
Meant something freaked you out or "what a trip", how wild
bad news, not good,
Low quality stash or anything felt to be cheap or untrue.
- Burn Out
a regular user of drugs
Someone who has been caught doing something wrong.
- Buzz Off
- C.B. Radio
The most memorable fads of the 70's 10-4 Good Buddy!
- Can You Dig It?
means "Do you understand?"
Boys who were unusually smooth operators with the girls.
- Catch My Drift?
- Catch You on the Rebound
like see you on the flipside
- Check You Later
I will see you later
Used in the Bronx; Little kids called other kids this if you sucked up to grown ups.
a loser, a fool, a rube.
Someone or something that is very smooth or nice.
- Cool Dude!
- Cool Man!
equivalent to right on or sweet
Something really cool
means prison or jail
cool, or something that's cool.
Your 'crib' meant your 'house', where you lived.
- Cut The Cheese
- Cut out
When someone is leaving they 'cut out'.
- Cya Later Alligator
'Cya Later Alligator' is a cheeky term and it usually means cya round.
a grateful dead fan
Very cool, something you are excited about.
- Dig It
Means "I understand." Sentence Form: That's cool, I can dig it.
really cool or something that resembles coolness, That shirt is totally Disco.
- Do It/score
- Do You Copy?
Do You Copy? Understanding what someone is saying.
- Don't Bogart
Don't be selfish
A joint, marijuana cigarette
An individual who is dim-witted and or socially inept.
Drugs or a Doofus.
- Dork Or Dorky
a dull or slow-witted person
as in, "What a drag!" meaning, "man, that's lousy." also, to "Take a drag", aka a "hit".
"Man" "Guy" person.
A way to address someone: Dude, that's totally awesome
- Dude, Dudet
man and girl
Inspired by JJ Walker when he was on Good Times in the early to mid 70's. It meant that something was terrific.
- Fake Me Out
To be deceived or tricked.
- Far Out
really cool; "righteous"
- Far Out Man
"so cool" "Awesome"
- Flash Back
Sudden memory of a past time or event. Feeling high /acid flash back.
- Flower Power
Rather choose peace over war
"something that is just plain rubbish"
- For Sure
Usually pronounced "fer shure"; synonym for the gazillion other things meaning, you are correct, such as, right on, I'm hip, I dig, etc.
Noun, good looking dude or chick. "John Travolta is such a fox!"
- Foxy Mama
hot chick, hot girl
Means : that really surprised me!
An event at which the participants do psychedelic drugs and "freak out."
- Freak weed
Pot or a drug user of Marijuana. Also the Pot plant itself.
adjective; something that is stupid or excessively nerdy; "I hate David Cassidy. He's so fruit."
Awsome, Cool: "Man,that dance was funkadelic!"
Weird or cool.
Cops,- police,- law enforcement
- Gag Me with a Spoon
something weird or disgusting, a chick who's ugly
person interested in cars
- Gee Wiz
a nerdy/loser breed of person, socially inept and some may even go as far as saying tragic.
- Get Bent
Get messed up.
- Get Real
means to simply get a life or get out of site
from the beginning
Job. e.g. I start my new gig today.
- Gimme Five
Slap hands (one palm over the other, then in reverse) with another person, as in agreement with you, or something you really like
- Gimme Some Skin
This means to shake someone's hand. It lasted from the 60's into the 70's.
cool, awesome, very good
lots of something
- Going Around
Two people that are dating each other
- Good Vibes
Sweet, cool, excellent or easy.
Gross, disgusting "That was grody!"
Cool,hip or wicked
to exist with a person or in a place;
- Hard Core
Not something that lightweights would do.
commonly referred to as the pot heads in the 70's.
- Heads And Jocks And Nerds
Heads were drug users , jocks played sports and nerds were book smart.
Something serious or important or really cool.
- Here's The Skinny
It means ok here's the lowdown or here's the catch
- Hertz Donut
A painful joke. A bully asks the nerd, "Do you want a nice Hertz donut?" When the nerd answered in the positive, the bully twists the nerd's nipple or punches them in the arm(either one) and exclaims, "Hurts, don-ut?"
Hip was used just as we use "cool" in today's family
language. It's an expression of stating something is groovy.
Cool. "That song was very hip"
- Hip To The Grove
down with the music
A term (usu. derogatory) of a white man. Most known by George Jefferson of "The Jeffersons" TV series.
A bad boy (one your mama wouldn't approve of!)
- Hot Pants
hot pants means look at her she is very cute or she is a hooty
When you are amazed at something or a person showing off.
- How's It Hangin'
Hi how are you, what'sup?
- Hubba Hubba
Used when an attractive person walked near by.
Girls' term for a handsome or otherwise attractive boy. "Ooh, he's such a hunk!"
- I Am Out To Lunch
I am confused
- I Dig It!
that's awesome...good idea
- I Hear That.
I accept your decision.
- I'll Call You Out
- I'm Bad
meaning really cool slick top person.
- I'm Hip
I agree with you
- I'm On A High
Some body on a high
- I'm Trippin
going nuts on drugs or something.
- It's Casual
meaning things are okay, instead of saying "don't worry about it" you'd say "it's casual"
- Jack Squat
- Jeepers Creepers
Oh my God or another way of saying far out
to hang out and get stoned or someone who was wasted all the time was a jell head
- Jelly Brain
Someone who is slow from excessive drug use, particularly LSD
- Jesus Freak
Young, usually longhaired Evangelical Christian.
dance in a funky way
Sign of surprise, "Oh my god!"
- Jive Turkey
full of it, crazy
- Jive or Jiving
Jive can mean to talk or chat. Jiving means to talk nonsense, to be deceptive, or nonsensical. "You ain't Jiving man?" That would be the same as, "Is that the truth?"
very popular guy like a football player
- The Joint
Something that is way cool or outta sight.
you gotta be joshing me like you are kidding.
a ladies' man
- Jump Back!
meaning, "are you serious? Wow!
- Jump Your Bones
Jump (someones) bones meaning to want to have sex with that person.
Another word for Cool.
- Keep On Keepin On
have a good day or hang in there
- Keepin' It Real
it means you are keeping it cool.
shoes, running shoes "hey, I like those new kicks you got there"
A way of saying very cool
- La La
Stupid idiot.... That guy is so La La!
See you at another time.
- Let It All Hang Out!
Go for it!
- Let's Blow This Taco Stand.
- Let's Boogie
Lets get going, or Let's dance
- Let's Book
Lets leave this place
- Lets Boogie On Down
dance....like drop it likes it hot.
Something that is not hard core or someone who can't handle large quantities of substance.
- The Lowdown
The truth, inside info, unadulterated facts; or dirty, mean. "I got the lowdown." "That was a lowdown trick, man."
an abundant phrase it has been replaced by the more common "dude"
- The Man
- Mary Jane is a different name for Marijuana or Pot
What a really good looking chick walks by or when a really good looking guy walks buy you would say this.
- Mellow Out
Chill out; Calm Down: Take a pill; Relax kid.
- Mind Your Potatoes
to mind your own business
- Mondo Cool
- Mr. Natural
Mr. Natural was a cartoon creation by R. Crumb, pictured with a long beard and a long stride and with the words "Keep On Truckin'" (had nothing at all to do with trucks). He showed up in Head Comix and other underground mags and also on T-shirts and other counter cultural gear.
- Nanoo, Nanoo
The greeting phrase from Mork and Mindy--when I was in high school it was all the rage to greet each other with it.
Narc: Tattler. Someone who turns other people in for anything, especially drug use.
to be incredibly cool
this is cool
Neat, interesting, making fun of something involved with a nerd...
- No Duh
A response to use when someone states the obvious
- No Fake
term similar to no foolin'
- No Way, Jose
this means a person disagrees about something.
Meaning various things, e.g. "That's/You're nowhere, man!" meaning that something or someone is boring, uncreative, clueless, foolish, or otherwise "out of it."
- Off The Hook
cooler then cool
A guy who knows how to get the lady's and cheat with them without getting caught
- Outta Sight
Like far-out. Very cool, good.
Piece of work. Used to degrade someone. Check out that chick in the red dress, what a P.O.W.
Sissy. A coward.
- Pardy, Hardy
to party until dawn
- Pass the J
to pass the marijuana cigarette
peace and don't forget the two fingers
- Peace Out
it means gotta go
- Peace, Man!
Meaning "Hello." Or "Good-bye." Although, it's associated with Hippies of the 60's, there were plenty of us hippies in the 70's using this term a lot. It always came with the two-fingers up "V" "peace sign" as a required accompaniment.
- Peel Out
to leave quickly or in a hurry, usually on your bike or other vehicle.
Fake, Phony - Not real.
- Pop a Wheelie
When driving a bike when you lift front wheel and keep rear wheel on the ground
that's was strong, amazing or awesome!
High quality stash, or anything considered to be of excellent quality.
- Psyche Out
Astonished, intense experience. That was a real psyche out, whoa what a trip.
Excited. "Hey I am so psyched about this concert."
awesome; That is one psychedelic fad!
- Que pasa
- The Rabbit Died
a way of saying someone is NOT pregnant. It refers to the old test of injecting a rabbit with a woman's urine. If the rabbit didn't live, the woman wasn't pregnant; if it did, she was.
radical, cool, wicked
It means cool
- Radical Dude or Radical
Means that it was something cool.
- Raggin' or Rag On
first became popular in the 60's and means putting someone down, to cut them down.
Cool, hip, with it. Also, "It's been real", said either genuinely or sarcastically at the end of an event or a rendezvous.
A verbal or physical beating.
- Right Arm/ Farm Out
slang making fun of slang
- Right On
cool man or correct
Meaning Groovy or real cool
something that was less than the promised value..."what a rip-off"
- Ripped Off Or Rip Off
Having something (could be a material item or an idea)stolen from you. "I got ripped off." Or the idea of purchasing something and not getting your money's worth being a "rip off"
- Rite Quick
really quick and or right now
- Rock On!
it would mean awesome cool, and totally far out dude
- Say What?
What are you talking about?
- Say, Jack?
Excuse me, phrase used to get ones attention
means, what's up/what's going on
To eat with great appetite and gusto. Example : "I scarfed down the entire bag of chips."
don't be so clumsy. Don't be a Scooby
- Scoping (scope On)
To be working your crush on someone; they don't necessarily know you're doing it.
- See ya on the flipside
See ya later
To be very hot or sexy.
- Shaggin' Wagon
A customized van with mags, an elaborate paint job, opera windows and a bed in the back. Said van often had window stickers that read "If this van's rockin', don't bother knockin'"
As in "hot". Dude, that girl is shick.
Laying claim to the front seat
- Shrimp Farming
Shuck-means to fool someone or make a fool out of someone.
- Signed, Sealed, And Delivered
been there.... done that....
- Sit On It
Made popular by "Happy Days," it means basically "shut up," "go to hell," or some other exasperated expression. "Up your nose with a rubber hose" was a similar expression, but popularized by "Welcome Back, Kotter."
- Slam Dunk
A close-range, empathatic score in a basketball game. Started in 1972 and popularized in the mid-seventies by the likes of Julius Erving (Dr. J) of the ABA.
like cool, or awesome
- Slap Me Some Skin
Give me a five man
used as a noun, refers to marijuanna; "got any smoke?"
- Smoke It Or Hand It
Meaning to smoke the joint and get high or hand it over to me!
used in the C.B language to define a cop. Ex: Hey, there is a smokey on our tail.
- Smooth Play Shakespeare
Said or did something really stupid
- So Radical
that is like so sweet
Solid- A gracious, friendly, or obliging act;(as in) favor: Please do me a solid.
a word used to describe something that's looks or sounds good.
To Leave. "I'm gonna split".
Your personal supply of contraband.
Nonsense, as in "man, quit talking all that static."
A rude connotation for a 'disco' chick.
Feeling happy with something.
- Stone Fox
A "fox" was a really cute guy, but a "stone fox" was the ultimate cute guy!
High on dope
To run in public in the nude. Very popular in 1974.
someone who just got hustled. Dummy or stupid.
- Sup Babie
hey sexy ,you look good
- Sweet Man
that's awesome or very cool
so awesomely cool, dude.
Something cool, fun, or awesome.
having a good time
- Take A Chill Pill
Calm down, cool out. You're too hysterical.
- Talking Jive
making no sense when speaking
beat really bad
- Ten-four Good Buddy
Borrowed from CB slang; probably not used as much by kids as adults. "Ten-Four" means "I got your message" and "good buddy" was what CB'ers called each other.
- That's Bogus.
That's a raw deal, That's not fair.
- That's Cool
sure why not or no thanks.
- That's Old School
That means it is an old style of being.
- That's The Joint!
if something was cool, or what's happening, or by todays term "hot" in the 70's it was "the joint"
- That's Tight, Man.
Maybe it was a Northwest thing, but when we said, "Oooh, that's tight, man." It meant, "Okay, that was a low blow" or not very nice at all, a real cut down.
- That's Wacked
that's screwed up, that's weird, theres something wrong with that, ex: "that dude was wacked"
- That's Jive Man
Somthin that aint cool. Usually when someone did somthin uncool to someone else.
- That's Smashing
that is awesome, cool, and great. "That show was smashing baby yeah!"
- This Is Wicked, Man
awesome, cool, being excited.
- Tighten Up.
A phrase used by a "dumb" student in acknowledging to the "smarter" student that he/she was wrong.
- To Go Bananas
To go crazy!
- To The Bone
totally; completely; to the max. He is scopin' on her to the bone (or TTB)
take a hit off a joint
- Token Up
The act of smoking weed.
definitely as in "that's right"
- Totally Hot
Usually referring to someone's good looks.
- Totally Man
It's like saying that is so cool man!
- Totally Awesome
Cool or impressive. "That's a tough car!"
great! Terrific! Really cool. "That's a tough looking car." "Those new shoes are tough"
A term used to describe a deemed insane action or comment by others. i.e. The teacher wants us to read 10 chapters tonight, They are tripping if they think we can read this much tonight.
Means 'Cool'. Also used when someone is drinking or smoking, or listening to acid rock. "That music is so trippy."
To Leave Move or Go. Let's Truck, Man - later man gotta truck. Keep on Truckin'
Moving along, taking off, splittin'
Cool or sharp
Synonymous with "jerk" or "idiot". Often used in conjunction with "jive" an in "jive turkey".
A slightly more polite form of bitchin': "That's twitchin'!" ; Awesome; cool; far out
Strange, odd, unique in a weird way, e.g. "That's unreal, man!" Similar in meaning to "far out."
- Up Your Nose With A Rubber Hose!
No way, or I'm ticked off by what you did. From "Welcome Back, Kotter." Also, In your ear!
- Veg Out
appeared at the end of notes you passed in high school. Write Back Soon
cool, sweet. That car is so wango.
- Way Cool
Way Cool: very cool, like wow man. "That was a Way Cool move"
- Waz Up
what is going on
- Well Excu-u-use Me!
Another Steve Martin-ism,often heard when he hosted Saturday Night Live, and often abused by would-be comedians at parties, etc. by people who thought they sounded as funny as he did, but who usually didn't.
- What A Fry!
Something so freaky, wild or weird that it fried your brain thinking about it. Often exclaimed when high.
- What A Goof
Bizarre, wacky, unusual
- What a Grueler!
A grueler is an obnoxious person who gruels (stresses)others. Also a hard test in school.
- What A Nightmare!
When something was wrong in life, it was defined this way. Used a lot in the Midwest.
- What Is Hip!
An expression of agreement with something cool.
- What It Iz?
Used as a greeting. " What's happenin' bro. What it iz?"
- What It Was, What It Is, What It Will Be....
What it was, what it is, What it will be gonna change for me, gonna set me free- chant- means things are going to work out for the best, and are gonna change
- What's Happenin'
see What's Up, Dude? What are you doing?
- What's Shakin'?
Casual greeting; equivalent to "What's Happening?", "How's it going?"
- What's The Buzz?
What's going on? What's happening?
- What's Up, Dude
what are you doing, how are you doing, or just Hey!
- What's Your 20?
Derivation of the CB radio term "10-20"--meaning one's present location. In common usage, the phrase "What's your 20?" is someone asking where you are or live.
you don't care
- What's Hanging
that's cool & what's up
- What's Poppin
what's going on with you
- What's the Skinny
What's up? what's going on?
- Where Ever You Go, There You Are
A statement showing revelation at a situation or result of an event
Something so very cool or awesome, usually expressed as like "That's so wicked cool!"
Surfing term; when you are separated from your surfboard by a big wave, eg. "Did you see that wipeout!"
another word for cool, or awesome.
It means, that you agree with the person.
- Ya Baby
Of course, sure
- Ya Ya
That's right, I understand.
- Yank My Chain
To mislead someone. To waste their time. To be dishonest. "Don't yank my chain buddy."
- Yea Right
A response to use when someone says something totally bogus
- Yeah, Baby!
oh yeah; great.
- Yo 'sup?
Hi, what is going on?
- Yo All Stop Jivin'!
Quit, now, this is serious!
It means young man/young boy
- Your Groovy
- Your Mother
refers to someone telling someone else that they had sex with someone elses mother. the statement is of course not meant to be taken seriously, but is used as a bad comeback.
When someone is acting crazy.
means at peace, totally cool with one self.
Guys with short hair, usually into disco music.
to go Fast. ex. dang you are zippy. or. you are zip!
scared, horrified or shocked.
something is really cool
For something to go flailing outwards, usually shouted as like "ZOOT!"