Slang G-M

1950s Slang (G-M)

Get Bent!Disparaging remark as in “drop dead”
Get with itUnderstand
GigWork, job (Beats)
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
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.
GrodySloppy, messy or dirty
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.
HipSomeone who is cool, in the know. Very good.
HipsterSame as above
Hopped upA car modified for speed (hot-rodders)
HottieA very fast car (hot-rodders)
IlluminationsGood ideas, thoughts
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
Jelly RollMen’s hair combed up and forward on both sides, brought together in the middle of the forehead.
JetsSmarts, brains
KickA fun or good thing; Also, a fad
KillTo really impress
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 onTo give (Beats)
LighterA crew cut
Like crazy; like wowReally good, better than cool
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.
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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