Slang I-M


“If the van’s rockin don’t come knockin”originally found on a bumper sticker for Volkswagen buses
I’m HipI understand, I agree
Instant Karmabeing immediately rewarded or penalized for a good or bad deed
“it’s been real”it has been nice, usually used sarcastically


Jacka 60s twist on the word, it meant “nothing”
Jamto leave a place, to go
Jammin(g)an unstructured music event, or musicians playing off each others impromptu composing
Jesus Sandalsleather sandals worn by hippies (although flip flops were the norm) (courtesy of Cheri Jones)
Jetto move quickly or to leave quickly
Jointa marijuana cigarette


Keep the Faithstay true to your beliefs, keep up the fight against the war and the establishment
Ken Dollguys who cared too much about their looks and appearance
Killeran adjective about something that’s great
Kiss Offtelling someone to stop or to leave
Kiss Upto flatter, flirt or always agree with


Laid Backrelaxed, easy going, not easily ruffled
La La Landeither drunk, stoned or just naturally crazy
Latergoodbye, short for see you ….
Lay a Tripto mess with someone’s head, to create confusion or conflict
Lay It On Melet someone know something, to give someone something
Let It All Hang Outto act without restraint, to let go of inhibitions
Libbera female who supports the women’s liberation, sometimes said derogatorily
Light Showpsychedelic lights at a rock concert
Lithigh, loaded or intoxicated (thanks to Donna Dingle)
Loada heavy burden or A lie, or questionable story (thanks to Kerrimoon)
Loadedhigh or drunk, out of it (thanks to Kerrimoon)
Longhairshippies, used by straight society as an insult
Looney Tunescrazy or mentally disturbed (courtesy of Kerrimoon)
Loosey gooseyA car that handles poorly (thanks to Ron Greene for this)
Lost itbecoming hysterical,out of control (courtesy of Ron Greene)
Lousy (adjective)lots of ‘she was lousy with diamonds’ (thanks to Karla Starkenberg for this)
Love beadsyou had to wear them to be a cool hippie
Love Ina gathering of people to be close and spiritual (sexual or not)
“love it or leave it”America, either accept what is going on or leave the Country
LSDa hallucinogenic drug
Lucked Outto get “lucky” with a girl (Courtesy of Debbe Bowser Smith)
Lump Itlearn to live with it


Main Squeezeboyfriend or girlfriend
Make a Move Onto flirt or seduce someone
Make It (Makin It)to have sex
Manmost popular way to address either sex (thanks to Jim Yurkovich)
Marijuanathe leaf and flower of the cannabis plant, smoked to give a euphoric effect
Mean Machinea good looking, fast or otherwise cool car
MeshugaYiddish for (of a person) crazy; idiotic (courtesy of William Darnell)
Mess Aroundto be playful in a general or in a sexual way
Middle Americasignified mainstream, middle class conservative Americans
Midnight auto supplystolen car parts (courtesy of Caitlyn P)
Militantold term which was used a lot in the 60s, means someone who advocates violence to achieve political goals
Mintclean, like new, groovy (courtesy of Dennis Rimmer)
Mirror warmerwoman who spends extraordinary time looking in the mirror (courtesy of Caitlyn P)
Mister (adjective)used sarcastically to indicate an extreme or the opposite ie: Mister Clean, Mister Manners
Modshort for modern, it pertained to fashion and design
Mojolibido or sex appeal
Mop Topa hair style worn by the Beatles when they first came to the U.S. in 1964
Motherused to accentuate a word to give it a larger meaning
Munchiesthe hunger for snack type food that accompanies marijuana smoking
My old man (lady)refers to a very steady boyfriend / girlfriend or spouse (thanks again to Cheri Jones)


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