The Top 12 Slang Words of the 60’s

The 60’s brought with it bell bottom pants, The Beatles, the “sit-in” movement and the festival of all festival’s… Woodstock. In a decade of peace, love and understanding, the 60’s had some slang words and terms that are still used to this day.

1. Ankle Biter – This 60’s slang term was used to describe a young child referring to not only their short stature, but their desire to sometimes bite the ankles of adults. I.e. “Toddlers are notorious ankle biters.”

2. Drag – Used to express disappointment in someone of something. “That night was such a drag.”

3. Cruising – This slang was used to describe a pass time of teenagers in the 60’s to cruise up and down a singular street in their car to find car races, girls, guys or other forms of entertainment. I.e. “Jenny and I went cruising with the boys last Friday night.”

4. Gimme Some Skin – This 60’s slang term was used to ask to shake hands in hello, goodbye or as a way of arranging a deal. I.e. “Hey man, how’s it going… gimme some skin.”

5. Hang Loose – A term used to describe relaxing, taking it easy, etc. I.e. “I decided to just hang loose today instead of going out on the town.”

6. Jam/Let’s Jam – This 60’s term was used in two different ways: 1) to describe a group of musicians playing music together or 2) to describe leaving a place very quickly. I.e. 1) “I was jamming with The Beatles in the music studio today.” 2) “That’s the cops, let’s jam!”

7. Keen – Used to describe being excited about something or to describe a person who is great, awesome, etc. I.e. “That Lucy was pretty keen, wasn’t she?”

8. Outta Sight – This slang term was used when someone wanted to express amazement, excitement, etc. I.e. “This new car is outta sight, man!”

9. Primo – The 60’s slang word was used when someone wanted to say that something or someone was the best, awesome, first class, high quality, etc. I.e. “That new song from the Beach Boys was primo!”

10. Going Steady – As a slang term, this was used to describe two people who were dating exclusively. I.e. “Mary and Johnny are going steady.”

11. Lay It On Me – This slang term from the 60’s was used to ask someone to tell them something or to speak their peace. I.e. “I know you want to talk to me, so lay it on me.”

12. Split – This 60’s slang word was used to leave the scene or area, to cut out, etc. I.e. “As soon as they heard the cops coming they split.”

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4 thoughts to “The Top 12 Slang Words of the 60’s”

  1. Well dig, I was 10 years old in 1968. Ten years later I had a 1969 Green Dodge Charger. That car would pass anything except a gas station. Its a downer that I don’t have that car anymore.

    1. I can dig you. Man, we’ve been there. The kids never drove a real car, and it would most likely scare the hell out of them to even try to drive something without a computer, a bluetooth, a navigation system and/or a back up camera. I do appreciate those niceties now, but I’m a creaky these days.

      My story is much the same, except it was a 1970 Ford Fairlane with an road illegal racing package and the biggest 8 cylinder they could drop into the frame. Lead blocks on the axle and a truly funky transmission. My old lady (still with her btw and she was beautiful enough to serious mess my head up then, and she is just as beautiful today) bought it from a gravel lot used car dealer in small town Georgia. We were able to establish it was a totaled stock car with a salvage title. This was after a fight with TX DOT to get plates for it (after driving it 1300 miles running away from her family.)

      Granted, it was ugly. The paint had oxidized and was this godawful spinach color. If you stood in front of it and looked carefully you could see that the frame was slightly twisted. But it was fast (someplace in Mississippi, where the highway is flat and laid down with a ruler, she floored it and hit 130mph. She decided to chicken out at that point, but later, in an emergency situation she passed 160.

      Good mileage for a car at that time, but it needed leaded gas. She named the car Molly Pitcher. That baby never ever had an issue when we were broke, although my lady carried a big heavy key chain to rap the solenoid with time to time when it acted up.

      My girl’s biggest rush back then was to cruise the Interstate, locate some GI (Army town) driving a brand new Firebird or Mustang, waited until he revved his engine and then leave him eating her dust.

      Good car, real good car. Some years down the line we gave the car to my brother because we were moving. He treated that baby like a queen, restored in, and drove it for five years. He had a fight with his piece of the day, and the little idiot grabbed the keys and took off. Radiator hose, and she was too stupid to stop. Cracked the block. He kicked her out.

      Ah, rest in peace, sweet Molly. She was one hell of a car.

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