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Nigel the good dog
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6 February 2011 - 2.11am

I use groovy and far-out all the time, but nobody has really made fun of me, yet. I bet somebody will, but I don't care. I just let it go.

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Ahhh Girl
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26 January 2015 - 2.04pm

@ewe2, while reading the thread babout The Beatles most dated song, I had the thought you might like this thread.

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26 January 2015 - 2.38pm

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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26 January 2015 - 3.38pm

"My old lady/man" was also how many hippie-types referred to their significant others

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Into the Sky with Diamonds
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26 January 2015 - 7.04pm

@ewe2 

Brillcream? Sure - every American kid used it (or something like it) to keep their hair in place - at least until the Beatles came around, at which point the 'dry look' became the fashion.

"A little dab'll do you" was the advertisement (for one of those creams)

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27 January 2015 - 5.38am

I'm surprised nick (steal) wasn't on the list.

Or in here.

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27 January 2015 - 8.22am

I always liked that slang "scrumping" and how specific it is to apples. Is it just West Country slang or is it applicable elsewhere? Nick has been used for "steal" since the 19th century but its Australian slang for jail from back then too!

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27 January 2015 - 1.18pm

Into the Sky with Diamonds said

@ewe2 

Brillcream? Sure - every American kid used it (or something like it) to keep their hair in place - at least until the Beatles came around, at which point the 'dry look' became the fashion.

"A little dab'll do you" was the advertisement (for one of those creams)

Brylcreem ad from the 1950's

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=o6F4GtyRfto

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27 January 2015 - 1.26pm

ahdn_paul_06 That kinda ad is timeless since ads now for men's hair/body are very similar.

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27 January 2015 - 1.35pm

Tale as old as time. Song as old as rhyme.

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27 January 2015 - 2.09pm

A word that seemed to be invented in the sixties although it was probably just an old one re-born . . .

Hassle

"No hassle, man".

I seem to recall the Beatles using this one, and if I had to cite one particular Beatle who used it, I'd go for George.

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27 January 2015 - 3.10pm

@Ahhh Girl  Yes, the Brylcreem add - 'a little dab'll do you'

That would be in my top ten advertising tag lines.

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27 January 2015 - 7.40pm

I'd contend "Hip" is 50's slang but I should get out more. Derives from Hit - Hep - Hep Cat I believe.

Threads, meaning clothes, is a word I still use and certain Mod slang also referring to clothing. For example "Watch the Cloth - Moth"

Also "Ticket" one who doesn't own a scooter and "Face". Right - I'm off before I blow my mind!

 

NB "Man" as a sentence ending was how we spoke like a hippy but they also used "The Man" to refer to anyone in authority.

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27 January 2015 - 7.48pm

Did the term "skirt" (meaning a woman) originate in the 60's? 

"Watching the skirts you start to flirt now you're in gear."

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27 January 2015 - 11.54pm

Interesting thought. I bet the guys were watching the hemlines of skirts get shorter and shorter during the 60s.

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28 January 2015 - 10.38am

Ahhh Girl said
Interesting thought. I bet the guys were watching the hemlines of skirts get shorter and shorter during the 60s.

It soon became Watching The Hair beatlemaniacs_02_gif

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28 January 2015 - 2.44pm

chrisredditch said

Ahhh Girl said
Interesting thought. I bet the guys were watching the hemlines of skirts get shorter and shorter during the 60s.

It soon became Watching The Hair beatlemaniacs_02_gif

We certainly were.

I remember seeing someone on television saying that the new fashion was for skirts to be four inches above the knee, however it didn't take long for mini-skirts to get considerably shorter than that.

Our dads had fought in a war and now their sons were growing up in an era where women's legs were on display as never before. Girls seemed to be competing with each other to see who could have the shortest skirt. Our dads were astonished but they looked on just as enthusiastically as the rest of us.

What a great era it was to be growing up.

And the no-bra look was coming . . .

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27 February 2015 - 5.01pm

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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27 February 2015 - 5.34pm

@Silly Girl said
Paul was and is still fond of...

  • "It's a drag," which is also good...unless your best friend has been assassinated... ahdn_paul_01a-hard-days-night-john-7

I know I shouldn't, one of Paul's most awkward moments ever, but LOL! Very dry!

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27 February 2015 - 6.05pm

Ron Nasty said

@Silly Girl said
Paul was and is still fond of...

  • "It's a drag," which is also good...unless your best friend has been assassinated... ahdn_paul_01a-hard-days-night-john-7

I know I shouldn't, one of Paul's most awkward moments ever, but LOL! Very dry!

Well, he's only a Northern Man. a-hard-days-night-paul-11

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