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Ta @Ahhh Girl I have a book of Australian slang that dates back to the 1960's and well beyond, if I can find it I'll throw some slang in here. Every time I hear 'groovy' these days I get a vision of Paul Simon in fishnets (mashup of 59th Street Song and Sweet Transvestite) :P I do hear 'far-out' occasionally too. Remember Brylcream? My dad used to call it 'greasy kid's stuff', I have no idea why.

Heavy: Serious or very emotional. I'm pretty sure this is older beatnik slang, the Beatles liked to grab the hipster stuff. Some terms like bread are older hipster/beatnik slang and didn't originate in the 60's but the boomers pretend they invented them. This happens a lot.

Dig - Get it, understand. Another beatnik term. I'm not sure if these were specifically Californian or New York but they're one or the other.

Skank/Skag - Unattractive boy/girl. We used to use it for both boys and girls. We tended to use skaghead for the boys though. I think it's had a comeback due to hip hop.

Old Man/Old Lady - Your parents, ugh. I first heard kids using this when I was a nipper and thought it was incredibly rude, I loved it. And then Elton John used it on a song and it didn't seem as cool.

Birds: attractive young women. British slang common in Australia in the 60's/70's.

You're right about Aussie slang being Americanized, it's gotten very strong in the last 20 years. My slang does tend to be incredibly British, and I put that down to being an early Xer growing up in the 60's and 70's when British culture was still influential (particularly all the comedy shows we used to get in the 70's and things like Minder).

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I really dig British colloquialisms, Sixties slang, and British Sixties colloquial slang. Thanks to the Fabs a lot of those groovy words have entered my vocabulary full-time. Such as: 

  • I try not to say Fab and/or Gear unless I'm making fun of something, but it sneaks up on me.
  • Groovy is implacably in my lexicon and I can't get rid of it... even if I wanted to. There's something satisfying about saying "That's so flippin' GROOVY man!" especially when one is speaking of the Beatles. 
  • I never cared for far-out. And I'm surprised no one has yet mentioned:
  • being "keen on" something, or "dead keen" if you're.. well... dead keen on it. Still used today in England... that's keen... but it seems very fab-esque to me. Paul was and still is fond of that expression, as well as:
  • "It's a drag," which is also good...unless your best friend has been assassinated... ahdn_paul_01a-hard-days-night-john-7
  • Posh is a good one, if somewhat more modern. (Of course, they used it... 'the posh bird 'oo gets ev'rythin' wrong'.) 
  • Anything Liverpudlian-- Scouse-- is also groovy... I'm dead keen on it, it's fab.

 

Of course, along with my British and/or Sixties colloquialslangisms I also have a fondness for antiquated language, so my speeches are... most unorthodox. But nobody makes fun of me (and I wouldn't care if they did). a-hard-days-night-paul-11I'm homeschooled, and homeschoolers are, as a rule, unorthodox anyway. So nobody minds if you say the Fab Foursome are mind-blowingly groovy... BECAUSE THEY ARE. beatlemaniacs_02_gif 

A word of advice on speaking Scouse from ahdn_george_06George Harrison, Distinguished Scouser: It's all in your mind. 

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