The Top 15 Slang Words of the 70’s

In the 70’s disco was hot, lava lamps were the latest “cool” invention and Charlie’s Angels was a hit new TV show. The decade brought on some interesting times as the Vietnam War was waged overseas… so what slang words was that generation using?

1. Psyche! – This 70’s slang word was used when tricking someone. I.e. “I told the joke and she thought it was real, it really psyched her out.”

2. Far Out! – Used when the person wanted to show that something was cool, awesome, unbelievable, etc. I.e. “Did you see that new movie? It was far out!”

3. Dream On – This slang term was used to show someone that they were being unrealistic. I.e. “He asked me out like he thought he really had a chance, I told him to dream on.”

4. Book/Booking – Used to talk about moving fast, being speedy, etc. I.e. “I saw the principal booking it down the hall towards the fight this morning.”

5. Catch You on the Flip-side – The 70’s slang term was used to say goodbye, see you later, etc. I.e. “I’m going to go home, catch you on the flip-side, John.”

6. Boogie – This slang word was used as a description for dancing, having fun, etc. I.e. “We went to the new disco club and boogied all night long.”

7. Right On! – Used to show agreement with something or someone in the extreme. I.e. “You’re got into college, right on!”

8. Brick House – A term used to describe someone who is physically built well with an attractive body. I.e. “She’s got a body like a brick house!”

9. Can You Dig It? – A 70’s slang term used to see if someone agreed with you or they understand you. I.e. “We’re going to go to the beach, can you dig it man?”

10. Cat – Used to describe someone who was cool, great, awesome, etc. I.e. “I met your boyfriend today, he’s a real cool cat.”

11. Chump – This 70’s slang was used to describe someone who was a loser, an idiot, a fool, etc. I.e. “Did you see what he was wearing? The chump!”

12. Cool Beans – Used to show agreement with or to reply in the positive. I.e. “You want to head out, cool beans.”

13. Do Me a Solid – The slang term was used to ask a favor of someone. I.e. “Will you do me a solid and not tell mom I’m going out?”

14. Groovy – This 70’s slang word was used to describe someone or something as cool, neat, great, etc. I.e. “That girl is really groovy!”

15. What a Fry – Used to describe something or someone that blows your mind, that is weird or crazy. I.e. “Did you see Toby walking down the road all spaced out, what a fry man!”


The term," My Bad!"

Ok, you kids got it wrong! Originally, the brothers used to say, "My Bag" as in James Brown's song , "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" or when asking someone what they're into or line of work, etc., you'd ask,"What's your bag?" It referred to your stuff, or anything having to do with you and yours. So, when you made a mistake, you claimed it by saying,"that's my bag"... , that situation, mistake or error belongs to me;is On me! Crudely substituted some would say," My sh@T or That's my Sh@t" Personally, I think there was a lull in its use between generations and those that began to use it not knowing the true pronunciation substituted and justified "bad" as in,"My Bad Move." Especially for white culture, with out an old school black guy to explain it to them, it perpetuated. The rest is history. I could be wrong though!!

My Bag

I was a 69er so teen years were in the 80"s my bag is really nOt my bad??!!!()..... seems 90s. Generation my son's age groupl more so than the 80s or I just don't remember the 90s.Really used i!!!! Stil are using to this day...Good Lord( My Bag) I love it. I'll tell my son....:-)

My Bag/ My Bad

TY! I grew up saying "My Bag" and people now correct me but we use to say it that way. Finally, I know I'm not crazy. :)

Another one

Bomb= really good That was the bomb.

Using bomb

in highschool instead of acing an exam we'd say man I bombed it.

My fav


Groovey is from the '60s

I thought "Groovey" was more popular in the '60s. The actors who played the kids in the TV show The Brady Bunch (1969-1974) said that the term "groovy" was already out of style but the writers, directors, and producers kept wanting them to say it, much to their embarrassment!

Groovy obsolete

I agree. Groovy was pretty much gone by the 70s except when used ironically or to indicate that you're talking about the '60.


I can't believe you did that. That was really bogue. How come you got to be such a boggart?


Describing something that is false or ridiculous or inappropriate or BULLS#1T!
It was not called BOGUE.

Can you dig it!

Shaq's famous championship words in the 2000's.



im a cow

im a cow


I remember using "fox" for a cute guy. "He's such a fox!" "He's a real fox!" (laughs)

Cool words

Girls were Fox, foxes, foxy and if not pretty they were dogs
Guys were hunks


50's, early 60's -- Definitely not 70's

kat, depends what region you

kat, depends what region you live in. We were using it back in 60/70 in western MI

Thanks for the help!!!!

thanks for making this website i used it for my language arts project(we had to choose a time and write a mystery) anyways you guys are really groovy!!!!!!!

Foxy ( attractive female or

Foxy ( attractive female or male)
Hot to Trot (looking for a hook up)
Right on (agreement or approval)
Get down (boogie or make love)

forgot "right on"

Used To Show Approval Or Agreement. Very,Very Popular Phrase.

using it for my project

wow thanks guys, this page is super helpful, i am using it for my history priject about the 70s lifestyle :) This is far out, man!


Haha we have to use it for our history project on the 1970s lifestyle too, what a coincidence!

new slang

hi and you fillies are something out of this bean plant

Wow! That was awesome! Now I

Wow! That was awesome! Now I get to understand the real meaning of some of the terms that I hear from my dad! I showed this site to him and he was really glad that someone had made a log of all these words.



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