Slang S-Z

1960s Slang – Words and phrases that were a part of our lingo in the 60s

S

Sack Out go to sleep or go to bed
Scam the act of swindling or cheating someone, also a scheme to swindle or cheat
Scarf to eat great quantities or to eat really fast (can apply to any indulgence)
Scene someplace where it’s happening, like a party or a gathering
Scope Out to check out, watch or study something
Score to obtain something, also meant getting sex or drugs [used frequently in 1960s slang]
Scratch currency, money
Scrounge (verb) to beg, borrow, steal or arrange to get something
Scrounge (noun) a person who begs, borrows or arranges to get something
Search Me means I don’t know
Sell Out someone who gave into something that was considered bad ie: he sold out and went home to live with his parents
Sexual Revolution a change in attitudes about sex due in large part because of the birth control pill
Shades sunglasses
Shaft (ed) to be taken advantage of
Shag a British term for sex
Shake That Thing dance, have fun, shake your bootie
Shine (someone) on to deceive with a smile on your face (courtesy of Jefferson Hawkins)
Shotgun in the 1950s it meant to ride in the front seat of a car, in the 60s it meant blowing through the wrong end of a marijuana cigarette
Shrink a head shrinker – psychiatrist
Sick Puppy someone who is crazy or objectionable
Silent Majority used by President Nixon in a speech, meant the vast majority of Americans who didn’t protest the war
Sister referring to a black female
Sit In a form of non violent protest
Skag a woman who was considered unattractive (thanks to Alex Cichy for this)
Skin a handshake ie: give me some skin
Slam Dunk a winner, any successful endeavor, started as a basketball term
Slide to leave a place also to ignore a comment or action
Sleazy someone that is contemptible, cheap, unkempt or promiscuous
Snooze You Loose if you wait it will be too late
Soap Opera someone who’s life is mixed up, confusing and strange (named after the daytime dramas)
“sock it to me” humorous for let me have it or lay it on me, from Rowan and Martin ‘s Laugh-in
Soul a form of inner knowledge, it encompasses sincerity, honesty and inner peace
Space in the 60s meant emotional atmosphere in which to think or just feel comfortable
Spiffy a 50s term meaning nicely dressed, changed to sarcasm in the 60s meaning too well dressed made up
Split [used frequently in 1960s slang] to leave where you are eg. ‘Let’s split this scene.’ (Thank you Leslie Williams for this addition)
Square a person who is uncool, not contemporary, not with current thinking
Stash a place where you hide something (usually drugs)
Stoked excited or happy about a particular event
Stoned intoxicated, high or influenced by drugs
Stoner a frequent user of drugs
Submarine Races a line used to lure a date to the beach for some making out
Super something great, the best or top(contributed by Kathy Cooper)
Sweet (not about taste or flavor) something very good, often an object or a girl
Sweet Cheeks an attractive girl (thanks to Dennis MacDonald for this one)

T

Take Five to take a rest, literally take a few minutes off from what you’re doing
Take Out pick up fast food (this was the first generation that could easily do this)
Talking Head tv news anchor person (they are usually seen from the shoulders up)
Tapped Out broke, has no money
Tee’d Off mad or upset
Ted “He’s a Ted” a weird kid (courtesy of Leigh Kirsten)
Threads clothes (originally a 1940’s term it was revisited heavily in the 1960s)
Tie-Dye a process of dying done to clothing to create random circular patterns
Tight close friends, can also mean drinking too much (thanks to Peter Fuller)
“Tip-Toe Thru the Tulips” lyrics to a Tiny Tim song, always said in sarcasm and meaning nothing
Toke a puff or drag off of a marijuana cigarette
Tough attractive or sexy girl (courtesy of Alex Cichy)
Trip under the influence of a psychedelic drug, can also mean a unique fun experience
Tube television (also called Boob Tube)
Tuff good, okay, cool, great (courtesy of Lydia Gorinas, thanks Lydia)
Turn (you) On [used frequently in 1960s slang] to share something ie: cigarettes, drugs, soda pop, etc. (thanks to Paul Howard for this one)
Twilight Zone a situation that seems a little unreal in which time and reality aren’t necessarily apparent

U

Uncool used a lot to indicate anything that was inappropriate or unacceptable to the group that was using the term
Unreal also used a lot to indicate something abnormal, strange or unbelievable
Uptight on edge, tightly wound (thanks again to Jim Yurkovich)

V

VC Viet Cong, the military guerrilla forces of N. Vietnam (this term was burned into our vocabulary by war reports)
Vibes feelings emanating from a person or situation

W

Wail to beat up on someone (thanks Burt Weil for this one)u
Wasted extremely intoxicated or high
Watergate a hotel/office complex in Washington DC where there was a break-in which eventually led to the downfall of a President
Weed marijuana
What a gas something that was fun or very funny (courtesy of Jim Yurkovich)
Wig Out to freak out or space out (courtesy of Frances England)
Wild Thing, the sex
Wiped Out originally a surfers term in the 60s it meant depleted or exhausted either mentally or physically
Wired high, also naturally energized or excited
With It knowledgeable, appropriate or in the know
Wow not a new expression but certainly one of the most used during the sixties

Y

Yippie nickname given to members of the Youth International Party a anti war organization
Yuppie nickname given to young upwardly mobile professionals

Z

Zone a mental place where things are going well and are happy
Zonked out of it, due either to fatigue, alcohol or drugs
Zoo not the animal place but rather a strange, crazy or extremely busy place

Think of one I missed? Email it to me and I’ll credit the addition to you!
(Please mention if you think it would fit better in 1960s Slang or 1950s Slang)

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