Slang G-M

1950s Slang (G-M)

Germa pest or annoying person (thanks to Jim Hip for this)
Get Bent!Disparaging remark as in “drop dead”
Get with itUnderstand
GigWork, job (Beats)
Give me a bellCall me on the phone (courtesy of Jim Hip)
Go apeGet very excited
Go for pinksA drag race where the stakes are the car’s pink slip (hot-rodders)
GoneHe’s a real gone cat: knowledgeable about hip stuff (courtesy of Fred Bluford)
GoofSomeone who makes mistakes
GoopyMessy
Goose itAccelerate the car fully (hot-rodders)
GreaserA guy with tons of grease in his hair, which later came to describe an entire group of people. Yes, John Travolta in Grease.
GringlesWorries (courtesy of Jim Hip)
GrodySloppy, messy or dirty
GrundyA decision, neither good nor bad (courtesy of Jim Hip)
HangAs in “hang out” which means to do very little
Haul assDrive very fast (hot-rodders)
HeatPolice (Beats)
HepWith it, cool. Someone who knows the situation.
Hey beanHello! (courtesy of Jim Hip)
HipSomeone who is cool, in the know. Very good.
HipsterSame as above
HoodBad boys, rode motorcycles, wore leather jackets (courtesy of Richard Busch)
Hopped upA car modified for speed (hot-rodders)
HornTelephone
HottieA very fast car (hot-rodders)
Hunk of junkBroken down car
Ice itForget it or don’t do it
IlluminationsGood ideas, thoughts
I’ll clue youI’ll fill you in (courtesy of Jim Hip)
In orbitIn the know
Ivy LeaguerPants style. Also any person who attended an Ivy League college
Jacked UpCar with raised rear end. (hot-rodders)
JacketedGoing steady
JazzedHappy about something, excited
Jelly RollMen’s hair combed up and forward on both sides, brought together in the middle of the forehead.
JetsSmarts, brains
Joe DoeMale blind date (courtesy of Jim Hip)
KeenGood, cool, great
Keeperparent or good friend you keep (courtesy of Jim Hip)
KickA fun or good thing; Also, a fad
KillTo really impress
KittenYoung and inexperienced girl (courtesy of Kimberly Claiborne)
KnowinSomething understood (thanks James H. for this one)
Knuckle sandwichA fist in the face
KookieNuts, in the nicest possible way
Later, also later, gatorGoodbye. See ya later, alligator. Response: after while crocodile.
Lay a patchTo accelerate so rapidly that you leave a patch of rubber on the road.
Lay deadTo wait or pause (thanks to Jim Hip)
Lay onTo give (Beats)
LidHat (courtesy of Jim Hip)
LighterA crew cut
Lighting up the tilt signSomeone gets caught lying (courtesy of Jim Hip)
Like crazy; like wowReally good, better than cool
Little monstersKids or siblings [before Lady Gaga] (courtesy of Jim Hip)
LowSad or depressed (courtesy of Jim Hip)
Lumpymediocre (courtesy of Jim Hip)
MachineA car (hot-rodders)
Made in the shadeSuccess guaranteed
Make outA kissing session
Make the sceneTo attend an event or activity
Meanwhile, back at the ranchFrom TV Westerns. Usually used to get a storyteller back on track.
Mickey MouseSomething dumb
Mirror warmerA piece of pastel fabric (often cashmere) tied around the rear view mirror. A 50s version of the Medieval wearing your lady’s colors.
MostA in “the most” – high praise usually of the opposite sex

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