Slang D-H

D

Day-glo a florescent paint used to give a psychedelic effect
Dead Head a fan of the Grateful Dead
Defoliant not new to the 60’s but widely discussed because of Vietnam and Agent Orange
Deuce 1932 Ford “deuce” coupe or to go number 2 in the bathroom or to hold up 2 fingers, peace sign (thanks to Ellie K.)
Dick replaced “jerk” as meaning bad or stupid (Richard – dick – Nixon)
Dig to understand or agree ie: “can you dig it?” (thanks to Leslie Williams for this one)
Do Your Own Thing just what it says, usually had a social implication
Dove anti war, a pacifist
Drag depressing or tiresome (thanks to Jim Yurkovich)
Drop to do drugs specifically LSD (thanks to Cheri Jones)
Dude each generation defined it a little different, in the 60’s it was a guy friend
Duh! a sarcastic exclamation in response to an obvious statement

E

Easy Rider a film about the 1960s counter culture (thanks to Cheri Jones)
Egg Head a very intelligent or studious person, sometimes used sarcastically (thanks to Giorgos Kakoutis)
Electric used as an adjective to describe something that was psychedelic
Establishment parents and anyone who was part of the status quo (thanks to Cheri Jones)
Exactamundo exactly with a Latin ending for emphasis
Experience Jimi Hendrix took this word to a whole new level in 1967

F

Far Out very popular phrase meaning wonderful, amazing or just simple approval (used much more frequently than in the 50s)
Fat signifies something good or best
Fickle Finger of Fate from Rowan and Martin ‘s Laugh-in
Finger (verb) to betray or turn someone in to the authorities
Five-O means police or law enforcement (from the 1968 TV show Hawaii Five-O)
Flashback any sudden memory (not necessarily drug related)
Flip Out to loose your cool, getting over emotional
Flippin something that is fun or cool (thanks to Sophia Shupe for this one)
Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee a phrase by Muhammad Ali to intimidate his boxing opponents
Flower Child a hippie
Flower Power the power of peaceful, natural and free lifestyle
Fragging a Vietnam War term involving a fragmentation hand grenade
Freaked Out scared or crazy
Free Love making love (sex) freely – whenever, wherever and with whom one wishes
Friggin used as an adjective in front of almost everything in the sixties
Full of It someone who is incorrect or outright lying
Fuzz the police (thanks to Quinn Adams for this one)

G

Gassed drunk, high or generally out of it
Generation Gap although not new it was much more acute during the 1960’s
Get a Grip to take control of your emotions
Get Real get serious, don’t fool yourself
Go Ape to do something crazy or out of the ordinary
Go-Go dancing, nightclubs and perceived decadence
Granny Glasses round or octagonal either wire rimmed or rimless
Groovy good, pleasing, pleasant – something that is right

H

Hacker exceptional computer programmer, the first hackers were good guys
Haight-Ashbury an intersection in San Francisco associated with the hippie movement
Hair – the Musical a Broadway play about the 1960’s hippie culture
Hang Out spending time with someone, or at a place (courtesy of Cheri Jones)
Hanoi Jane name given to Jane Fonda after visiting N. Vietnam
Hassle to bother, disturb or persecute someone
Have a Nice Day a satirical way to indicate mindless thoughts
Head a person who does drugs
Head Rush the first feelings of perceived pleasure after doing whatever drugs (Thanks to Leslie Williams for this one also)
Head Shop store that sold drug paraphernalia and counter culture items
Heat refers to the police or any law enforcement
Heavy serious, profound or thought provoking
“Hell no, we won’t go” the most used anti-war chant and slogan
“Here come the Judge” comical line from TV show “Laugh In(thanks to Jim Yurkovich)
Hemp term for marijuana (thanks to Monique Brown for the clarification)
High one could feel euphoria through experiencing life or by using drugs
Hip to be in the know, to be cool, good, with it, happening
Hippie members of the counter culture who were thrust into the spotlight primarily because of their anti-war activism
Hit a drag off of a marijuana cigarette

 

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