Slang G-M

1950s Slang (G-M)

Gangbusters outstandingly excellent or successful (thanks to William McCabe for this)
Gas (it was a gas)fun, a good time (thanks to Mario Sosa for this)
Germa pest or annoying person (thanks to Jim Hip for this)
Get Bent!Disparaging remark as in “drop dead”
Get with itUnderstand
GigWork, job (Beats)
Give me a bellCall me on the phone (courtesy of Jim Hip)
Ginchiest)Cool, hip, admired by others(courtesy of Lucien)
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)
Got the zorrosFeeling nervous (courtesy of Jasmine Lindholm)
GreaserA guy with tons of grease in his hair, which later came to describe an entire group of people. Yes, John Travolta in Grease.
GringlesWorries (courtesy of Jim Hip)
GrodySloppy, messy or dirty
Grousea surfer (thanks to Caitlyn P for this one)
GrundyA decision, neither good nor bad (courtesy of Jim Hip) also gross or disgusting (courtesy of Kerrimoon)
HangAs in “hang out” which means to do very little
Haul assDrive very fast (hot-rodders)
HeatPolice (Beats)
Heatera gun, a hold over from ’40s gangster movies (thanks to Priscilla Farnell)
HepWith it, cool. Someone who knows the situation.
Hey beanHello! (courtesy of Jim Hip)
HipSomeone who is cool, in the know. Very good.
HipsterSame as above
Hissy fitan angry outburst, losing it (courtesy of Ellen Robertson)
Hit the roadtime to leave (courtesy of Kerrimoon)
HoodBad boys, rode motorcycles, wore leather jackets (courtesy of Richard Busch)
Hoopie knobA knob on the steering wheel that allowed for one handed steering… (courtesy of Harol Marshall)
Hopped upA car modified for speed (hot-rodders)
Hot Mamacute or sexy girl (courtesy of Kerrimoon)
HottieA very fast car (hot-rodders)
Hunk of junkBroken down car
Ice itForget it or don’t do it
IlluminationsGood ideas, thoughts
I’ll clue youI’ll fill you in (courtesy of Jim Hip)
Itchin’ or a switchin’threatening a fight (courtesy of James Gresham)
In a jiffyin a hurry, I’ll do it now (courtesy of Dana Weiss)
Ivy LeaguerPants style. Also any person who attended an Ivy League college
Jacked UpCar with raised rear end. (hot-rodders)
JacketedGoing steady
JazzedHappy about something, excited
Jelly RollMen’s hair combed up and forward on both sides, brought together in the middle of the forehead.
JetsSmarts, brains
Joe DoeMale blind date (courtesy of Jim Hip)
KeenGood, cool, great
KeeperParent or good friend you keep (courtesy of Jim Hip)
Kiboshstopped (courtesy of Dee Sesler)
KickA fun or good thing; Also, a fad
KicksAnother name for shoes (courtesy of Poppa John)
KillTo really impress
KittenYoung and inexperienced girl (courtesy of Kimberly Claiborne)
Knock-outA really good looking girl (thanks Ray Cartier for this one)
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 deadTo wait or pause (thanks to Jim Hip)
Lay onTo give (Beats)
LidHat (courtesy of Jim Hip)
LighterA crew cut
Lighting up the tilt signSomeone gets caught lying (courtesy of Jim Hip)
Like crazy; like wowReally good, better than cool
Little monstersKids or siblings [before Lady Gaga] (courtesy of Jim Hip)
Loadeddrunk (courtesy of Kerrimoon)
Lousy (adjective)lots of ‘she was lousy with diamonds’ (thanks to Karla Starkenberg for this)
LowSad or depressed (courtesy of Jim Hip)
Lumpymediocre (courtesy of Jim Hip)
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.
Mickey MouseSomething dumb
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.
MoldyA bad or mean teacher (courtesy of Jasmine Lindholm)
MostA in “the most” – high praise usually of the opposite sex

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