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20 March 2010

McLerristarr said:

The Who said "gear" at a concert I went to last year so I don't think it was isolated to Liverpool, although it's possible it originated there.


Hmmm, I stand corrected. What a drag!  a-hard-days-night-paul-1 Anyway, Urban Dictionary backs up your claim (http://www.urbandictionary.com.....?term=gear)... though it's not what one would call the ultimate authority.

Okay, more '60s terms:

split ("Let's split. This scene is a drag.")

bogart ("Don't bogart that joint, man... spread the love.")

bread ("Gotta get a job, man. I need the bread.")


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Joe said:

Gear: I think this was particularly common around 63-65, and meant 'great'. I'm not sure how widely it was used, but it appeared in many Beatles interviews.

Heavy: general 60s slang. Tony Bramwell tried to take credit for this in his memoir of questionable accuracy (review coming when I get round to writing it).

Grotty's an interesting one. Alun Owen invented it for A Hard Day's Night (to mean grotesque), but George Harrison really didn't want to say it. It's still in use today, though I suspect most people don't realise the origin.


I remember reading that about grotty too Joe and i was really surprised because everyone in Liverpool uses it even to this day. 'Its dead grotty' When i was in Australia, i was saying it and they were asking what grotty meant and why i said dead before it. Its funny how you don't think about how you talk or what you say until you're taken out of your natural habitat.




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This site cites 60's sang.


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Zig said:

This site cites 60's sang.


This is great! It's so weird to see some of the slang that came about in the 60s is still going strong today.

And I thought Toys in The Attic was just an Aerosmith song.

I love etymology. I could make this post a mile long commenting on everything on that page that strikes my interest.

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