Slang G-M

1950s Slang (G-M)

Germ a pest or annoying person (thanks to Jim Hip for this)
Get Bent! Disparaging remark as in “drop dead”
Get with it Understand
Gig Work, job (Beats)
Give me a bell Call me on the phone (courtesy of Jim Hip)
Ginchiest) Cool, hip, admired by others(courtesy of Lucien)
Go ape Get very excited
Go for pinks A drag race where the stakes are the car’s pink slip (hot-rodders)
Gone He’s a real gone cat: knowledgeable about hip stuff (courtesy of Fred Bluford)
Goof Someone who makes mistakes
Goopy Messy
Goose it Accelerate the car fully (hot-rodders)
Greaser A guy with tons of grease in his hair, which later came to describe an entire group of people. Yes, John Travolta in Grease.
Gringles Worries (courtesy of Jim Hip)
Grody Sloppy, messy or dirty
Grundy A decision, neither good nor bad (courtesy of Jim Hip)
Hang As in “hang out” which means to do very little
Haul ass Drive very fast (hot-rodders)
Heat Police (Beats)
Heater a gun, a hold over from ’40s gangster movies (thanks to Priscilla Farnell)
Hep With it, cool. Someone who knows the situation.
Hey bean Hello! (courtesy of Jim Hip)
Hip Someone who is cool, in the know. Very good.
Hipster Same as above
Hood Bad boys, rode motorcycles, wore leather jackets (courtesy of Richard Busch)
Hopped up A car modified for speed (hot-rodders)
Horn Telephone
Hottie A very fast car (hot-rodders)
Hunk of junk Broken down car
Ice it Forget it or don’t do it
Illuminations Good ideas, thoughts
I’ll clue you I’ll fill you in (courtesy of Jim Hip)
In a jiffy in a hurry, I’ll do it now (courtesy of Dana Weiss)
Ivy Leaguer Pants style. Also any person who attended an Ivy League college
Jacked Up Car with raised rear end. (hot-rodders)
Jacketed Going steady
Jazzed Happy about something, excited
Jelly Roll Men’s hair combed up and forward on both sides, brought together in the middle of the forehead.
Jets Smarts, brains
Joe Doe Male blind date (courtesy of Jim Hip)
Keen Good, cool, great
Keeper Parent or good friend you keep (courtesy of Jim Hip)
Kick A fun or good thing; Also, a fad
Kicks Another name for shoes (courtesy of Poppa John)
Kill To really impress
Kitten Young and inexperienced girl (courtesy of Kimberly Claiborne)
Knowin Something understood (thanks James H. for this one)
Knuckle sandwich A fist in the face
Kookie Nuts, in the nicest possible way
Later, also later, gator Goodbye. See ya later, alligator. Response: after while crocodile.
Lay a patch To accelerate so rapidly that you leave a patch of rubber on the road.
Lay dead To wait or pause (thanks to Jim Hip)
Lay on To give (Beats)
Lid Hat (courtesy of Jim Hip)
Lighter A crew cut
Lighting up the tilt sign Someone gets caught lying (courtesy of Jim Hip)
Like crazy; like wow Really good, better than cool
Little monsters Kids or siblings [before Lady Gaga] (courtesy of Jim Hip)
Lousy (adjective) lots of ‘she was lousy with diamonds’ (thanks to Karla Starkenberg for this)
Low Sad or depressed (courtesy of Jim Hip)
Lumpy mediocre (courtesy of Jim Hip)
Machine A car (hot-rodders)
Made in the shade Success guaranteed
Make out A kissing session
Make the scene To attend an event or activity
Meanwhile, back at the ranch From TV Westerns. Usually used to get a storyteller back on track.
Mickey Mouse Something dumb
Mirror warmer A piece of pastel fabric (often cashmere) tied around the rear view mirror. A 50s version of the Medieval wearing your lady’s colors.
Most A in “the most” – high praise usually of the opposite sex

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