Slang N-Z

1950s Slang (N-Z)

Neat or Neato Really cool or good, sometimes used with “keeno” (courtesy of Janet Lucas)
Necker Knob A knob on the steering wheel that allowed for one handed steering… (courtesy of Carolyn Tomlins)
Nerd Same as now. Bill Gates without the money.
Nest A hair-do
Nifty good, cool or great (thanks to Dana Weiss for this one)
Nod Drift off to sleep
Nosebleed As in hey, nosebleed – hey, stupid. Not a compliment!
No sweat No problem
Nowhere Opposite of cool. Nowheresville was a boring, bad place to be. (Beats)
Nuggets Loose change
Odd ball Someone a bit off the norm
On pills Dieting or in need of dieting (courtesy of Jim Hip)
On the hook In love (courtesy of Jim Hip)
Off the line Start of a drag race (hot-rodders)
On a trip for biscuits out of luck or “up the creek without a paddle” (courtesy of Liz Seeger)
On the stick Pulled together. Bright, prepared…
Packardbaker When Packard and Studebaker merged this is what the new cars were called (courtesy of Steve Roberts)
Pad Home
Paper shaker Cheerleader or Pom Pom girl
Party pooper No fun at all
Passion Pit Drive-in movie theatre
Peachy (Peachy Keen) unusually good or fine (courtesy of Kaitlynn Leary)
Peel Out To accelerate hard and fast (hot-rodders)
Peepers Glasses
Pile up Z’s Get some sleep
Pinned in grade school “going steady” in college more serious (courtesy of Lexi)
Pissah Mostly in Massachusetts means great or awesome (courtesy of CharlieOFD)
Pooper No fun at all
Pop the Clutch Release the clutch pedal quickly so as to get a fast start
Pound Beat up
Power Slide 1949-53 Chevy auto transmissions slipped a lot (courtesy of Glenn Chapman)
Punch it Step on the gas (hot-rodders)
Put down To say bad things about someone
Queen A popular girl (courtesy of Jim Hip)
Quentin quail  Underage girl [San Quentin quail]
Quote it To repeat yourself (thanks to Jim Hip again)
Radioactive Very popular
Rag Top A convertible car
Rap To tattle on someone (Beats)
Rattle your cage Get upset
Raunchy Messy or gross in some other way
Razz my berries Excite or impress me
Real gone Very much in love. Also unstable. Hmm, there’s a difference?
Reds The Communists
Right-o Okay
Rock A diamond
Rocket A car (hot-rodders)
Rod A car (hot-rodders)
Round Heels An easy woman (heels rounded by tipping backward into bed) [courtesy of anonymous]
Royal shaft Badly or unfairly treated
Rug Rats small children (thanks again Kerrimoon)
Scream Go fast
Screamer A hot rod
Shades sun glasses (courtesy of Kerrimoon)
Shoot low,
they’re riding Shetlands
Be careful
Shot down Failed
Shuck, shuckster A deceiver, liar or cheat
Sides Vinyl records
Sing To tattle or inform on someone (Beats)
Sit on it loosely means “up your keister” popularized by the TV show “Happy Days” (courtesy of Wim Leen)
Snogging Kissing.. And only Kissing! (thanks to Kevin Phillips)
Socs short for ‘socials’ the “in” crowd opposite of ‘greasers’ (thanks to Gary Scott)
Sounds Music
Souped up A car modified to go fast
Spaz Someone who is uncoordinated. A clutz.
Split Leave
Split a wig To beat someone up (thanks to Kerrimoon for this one)
Square A regular, normal person. A conformist.
Stacked A woman with large er, ah…you know, well endowed.
Stack up To wreck a car (hotrodder)
Steady Continuous, knowledge or doing something (thanks to James H. for this addition)
Stomps a social group that dressed in western wear (thanks to Dennis Cox for this addition)
Submarine races While waiting for the submarines to race, which might take quite awhile :>) couples found creative ways of killing the time.
Subterranean A hipster. Used by both Ginsberg and Kerouac. (Beats)
Suicide Knob A knob on the steering wheel to make turning easier (thank you Carolyn Tomlins for this one)
Swell Great, good or wonderful. Can also be used sarcastically (courtesy of Korrine Olsen)
Take a picture to someone who is staring at you (courtesy of Kerrimoon)
Tank A large sedan (usually driven by parents)
Tear ass Drive (or go) very fast
That’s close Something wrong or not true
Thin one Dime [where “one thin dime” comes from] (courtesy of Jim Hip)
Think Fast Usually said right before someone threw something at you
Threads Clothes
Tight Good friends or drinking too much (thanks to Peter Fuller)
Total To completely destroy, most often in reference to a car
Unborn Naive (courtesy of Jim Hip)
Unreal Exceptional
Upchuck Vomit or throw up (courtesy of Kerrimoon)
Vacant Uncertain or a really dumb person (courtesy of Jim Hip)
Wail Go fast
Wazoo Your rear end
Weed A cigarette
Wet rag Someone who’s just no fun
Word from the bird The truth (Beats)
What’s buzzin, cuzzin What’s new?
What’s the story, morning glory What’s happening? (courtesy of Kerrimoon)
What’s your tale, nightingale What’s the story?
Wheelie Lift the car’s front wheels off the ground by rapid acceleration
Wicked accentuates a word like wicked cool or wicked pissah (thanks again CharlieOFD)
Yoot A young sibling [older then a ankle biter] (courtesy of Jim Hip)
You make the king’s jive Your English is very good
You can’t win ’em all a sporting term meaning win some lose some (thanks to Penny)
Zorros To have the jitters (courtesy of Jim Hip)

Think of one I missed? Email it to me and I’ll credit the addition to you!
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