#FBF: Fun Slang from the 1960s
The 1960s introduced some fun slang into the vernacular. Often, these words were already in use, but were given a new definition. While some of them endure today, others fell out of use.
Some of them need to make a comeback, my friends! Why? Because they’re fun. Let’s see how many of these words we can work into our conversations this week.
- Peachy keen: fine, great, satisfactory. I think you’re peachy keen, jelly bean!
- Cat: originated in the 1930s as a word for a jazz musician. In the 1960s it was more generally used for cool guys. You see that cool cat across the street?
- Truckin’: walking toward a specific destination, with purpose. I best get truckin’ or I’ll be late for work!
- Dig it: term of appreciation and acceptance. Did you hear about the new pizza place in town? I can dig it.
- Marvy: short for marvelous. I love your dress! It’s marvy!
- Far out: term of approval. You got accepted to Harvard? Far out, man!
- Bippy: hind end. I hope I don’t fall on my bippy while ice skating.
- Fooey: an exclamation that something is not right. He said that about me? Fooey on him!
- Hotdog: term of amazement. I got an A+. Hotdog!
- Nifty: cool, neat. Your new shoes are nifty.
- Outta sight: cooler than cool. My new washer and dryer set is outta sight!
- Spiffy: term used when something looks good, neat, or cool. I saw that you swept the floor. Now the kitchen looks spiffy.
Do you have any 1960s terms that you’d like to have come back? Be a cool cat and leave them in the comments. That sure would be nifty.