Slang N-Z

1950s Slang (N-Z)

NerdSame as now. Bill Gates without the money.
NestA hair-do
NodDrift off to sleep
NosebleedAs in hey, nosebleed – hey, stupid. Not a compliment!
No sweatNo problem
NowhereOpposite of cool. Nowheresville was a boring, bad place to be. (Beats)
NuggetsLoose change
Odd ballSomeone a bit off the norm
Off the lineStart of a drag race (hot-rodders)
On the stickPulled together. Bright, prepared…
Paper shakerCheerleader or Pom Pom girl
Party pooperNo fun at all
Passion PitDrive-in movie theatre
Peel OutTo accelerate hard and fast (hot-rodders)
Pile up Z’sGet some sleep
PooperNo fun at all
Pop the ClutchRelease the clutch pedal quickly so as to get a fast start
PoundBeat up
Punch itStep on the gas (hot-rodders)
Put downTo say bad things about someone
 Quentin quail Underage girl (San Quentin quail)
RadioactiveVery popular
Rag TopA convertible car
RapTo tattle on someone (Beats)
Rattle your cageGet upset
RaunchyMessy or gross in some other way
Razz my berriesExcite or impress me
Real goneVery much in love. Also unstable. Hmm, there’s a difference?
RedsThe Communists
RockA diamond
RocketA car (hot-rodders)
RodA car (hot-rodders)
Royal shaftBadly or unfairly treated
ScreamGo fast
ScreamerA hot rod
Shoot low,
they’re riding Shetlands
Be careful
Shot downFailed
Shuck, shucksterA deceiver, liar or cheat
SidesVinyl records
SingTo tattle or inform on someone (Beats)
Souped upA car modified to go fast
SpazSomeone who is uncoordinated. A clutz.
SquareA regular, normal person. A conformist.
StackedA woman with large er, ah…you know, well endowed.
Stack upTo wreck a car (hotrodder)
Submarine racesWhile waiting for the submarines to race, which might take quite awhile :>) couples found creative ways of killing the time.
SubterraneanA hipster. Used by both Ginsberg and Kerouac. (Beats)
TankA large sedan (usually driven by parents)
Tear assDrive (or go) very fast
That’s closeSomething wrong or not true
Think FastUsually said right before someone threw something at you
TightGood friends
TotalTo completely destroy, most often in reference to a car
WailGo fast
WazooYour rear end
WeedA cigarette
Wet ragSomeone who’s just no fun
Word from the birdThe truth (Beats)
What’s buzzin, cuzzinWhat’s new?
What’s you tale, nightingaleWhat’s the story?
WheelieLift the car’s front wheels off the ground by rapid acceleration