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60s slang!
27 February 2015
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 I’m kind of surprised how many of these terms I use, having been a teenager in the 90s. I dig things on a regular basis. If one of my friends says something I agree with, I frequently respond “Right on, man.” After a few drinks I might even drop a far-out or two. One time I found a pen in my pocket that I didn’t recognize, and commented that I must have nicked it from work. I blame the last one on watching too many British tv shows though. a-hard-days-night-paul-4


I save groovy for when I’m being sarcastic. If someone is rambling about nothing or gets off topic too long, I’ll wait until they’re finished and respond with “Groovy. So anyway….” and move the conversation back on topic.

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Yeah, I’ve been self-consciously using many of those terms myself since the ’80s, when I was in high school and had a ’60s/hippie fixation. (Never “groovy” though, you’re right about it being impossible to use that one other than ironically.) And of course there’s words specific to the era that have never really gone away, like “bummer” and “freak out”. (But nobody says “ball” meaning sex anymore.) 

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I’ve started saying “fab” a lot more than “groovy” lately– I save the latter for when I’m making fun of something, as @4or5Magicians said. 

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Hey, @Wigwam, I thought you might dig this thread if you haven’t laid eyes on it yet.

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7 July 2015
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Yes…… thank you.

I lived through the 60s but didn’t really use a lot of these words. Being born in 52 perhaps a little young to be a full on hippy.


‘Posh’ isn’t really 60’s slang. Long before I knew it stood for, ‘port side out, starboard home’. P.O.S.H. it was the word I used to describe the people that went to church on a Sunday.


Interestingly, I read as perhaps others here did….. on  ‘Beatles’ Rarities’ he explained what a ‘Road Hogg’ is.

You will recall the part on the Apple roof top where John’s singing I Dig A Pony ‘ and George creases up and goes down on one knee in front of John who obligingly does his Rock God impression.

George is laughing because John is saying just who you can penetrate…..on a tour bus.


All these years and I didn’t get the joke. 

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I know this thread is old, but I’d just like to advocate for gen z for a moment… because that’s not how language works. I’m gen z and I may adore the 60s and agree we should bring back the slang, but we’ll never be thin of language. Language is always changing and growing.

My generation has especially brought in lots of words because of the internet, where words spread quicker than they ever have before. I’m also in Australia and I say swaggy, slay, blorbo, ate, banger, based, cap, mid, oof, and so much more.

Language is alive. We’re always adding words, losing words, changing the meanings of words. And I think that’s groovy

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perma60s said

Language is alive. We’re always adding words, losing words, changing the meanings of words. And I think that’s groovy

Adding words is one thing, and that’s fine; but speaking as an early Gen X oldster (who was actually born in the 60s), I really get irritated when long-existing words get used incorrectly – speaking specifically here about the word “cringe“, which is a verb. An uncomfortable or embarrassing situation can be described as “cringe-inducing”, or “cringeworthy”, or you can say “it made me cringe”. But to say “her self-made dress was cringe” is just wrong. It’s a misuse similar to viewing a sad movie and describing it as “it was very cry”.

“Her dress made me cringe” would be an example of the proper way of using the word to convey one’s meaning.paul-mccartney-thumb_gif apple01

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