Slang S-Z

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


Sack Outgo to sleep or go to bed
Scamthe act of swindling or cheating someone, also a scheme to swindle or cheat
Scarfto eat great quantities or to eat really fast (can apply to any indulgence)
Scenesomeplace where it’s happening, like a party or a gathering
Scope Outto check out, watch or study something
Scoreto obtain something, also meant getting sex or drugs [used frequently in 1960s slang]
Scratchcurrency, money
Scrounge (verb)to beg, borrow, steal or arrange to get something
Scrounge (noun)a person who begs, borrows or arranges to get something
Scuzzydirty, or looking bad (courtesy of Ron Greene)
Search Memeans I don’t know
Sell Outsomeone who gave into something that was considered bad ie: he sold out and went home to live with his parents
Sexual Revolutiona change in attitudes about sex due in large part because of the birth control pill
Shaft (ed)to be taken advantage of
Shaga British term for sex
Shake That Thingdance, have fun, shake your bootie
Shine (someone) onto deceive with a smile on your face (courtesy of Jefferson Hawkins)
Shotgunin 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
Shrinka head shrinker – psychiatrist
Sick Puppysomeone who is crazy or objectionable
Silent Majorityused by President Nixon in a speech, meant the vast majority of Americans who didn’t protest the war
Sisterreferring to a black female
Sit Ina form of non violent protest
Skaga woman who was considered unattractive (thanks to Alex Cichy for this)
Skina handshake ie: give me some skin
Slam Dunka winner, any successful endeavor, started as a basketball term
Slideto leave a place also to ignore a comment or action
Sleazysomeone that is contemptible, cheap, unkempt or promiscuous
Snooze You Looseif you wait it will be too late
Soap Operasomeone 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
Solid (Solid Jackson)an exclamation of approval eg:cool (thanks to Orinoco for this) also, I understand (thanks to Caitlyn P)
Soula form of inner knowledge, it encompasses sincerity, honesty and inner peace
Spacein the 60s meant emotional atmosphere in which to think or just feel comfortable
Spaced outnot thinking straight because of drugs or alcohol (courtesy of Jo Diamond)
Spiffya 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)
Squarea person who is uncool, not contemporary, not with current thinking
Stasha place where you hide something (usually drugs)
Stokedexcited or happy about a particular event
Stonedintoxicated, high or influenced by drugs
Stonera frequent user of drugs
Strictly from hungera negative comment relating to taste, style or fashion (courtesy of Lenny Chenot-Gibeault)
Submarine Racesa line used to lure a date to the beach for some making out
Supersomething great, the best or top(contributed by Kathy Cooper)
Sweat Hogoverweight or slovenly person (thanks to Caitlyn P) also from the TV show “Welcome Back Kotter”
Sweet(not about taste or flavor) something very good, often an object or a girl
Sweet Cheeksan attractive girl (thanks to Dennis MacDonald for this one)


Take Fiveto take a rest, literally take a few minutes off from what you’re doing
Take Outpick up fast food (this was the first generation that could easily do this)
Talking Headtv news anchor person (they are usually seen from the shoulders up)
Tap Citybroke, has no money (thanks to John Lynch)
Tapped Outsame as Tap City
Tee’d Offmad or upset
Ted “He’s a Ted”a weird kid (courtesy of Leigh Kirsten)
Tenniestennis shoes (courtesy of Caitlyn P)
Threadsclothes (originally a 1940’s term it was revisited heavily in the 1960s)
Tie-Dyea process of dying done to clothing to create random circular patterns
Tightclose 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
Toadsunderclassmen especially freshmen (thanks to Tom Bentley for this one)
Tokea puff or drag off of a marijuana cigarette
Toolingdriving around or cruising (courtesy of Caitlyn P)
Totally different heada new way of looking at something (courtesy of Steve Schroer)
Toughattractive or sexy girl (courtesy of Alex Cichy and Caitlyn P)
Tripunder the influence of a psychedelic drug, can also mean a unique fun experience
Tubetelevision (also called Boob Tube)
Tuffgood, okay, cool, great (courtesy of Lydia Gorinas, thanks Lydia and Caitlyn P)
Tune Outto ignore, not listen to (thanks to Caitlyn P for this one)
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 Zonea situation that seems a little unreal in which time and reality aren’t necessarily apparent


Uncoolused a lot to indicate anything that was inappropriate or unacceptable to the group that was using the term
Unrealalso used a lot to indicate something abnormal, strange or unbelievable
Upchuck and die (also eat sh** and die)said to someone you really hate (thanks again to Kerrimoon)
Uptighton edge, tightly wound (thanks again to Jim Yurkovich)


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


Wailto beat up on someone (thanks Burt Weil for this one)
Wallflowersomeone who is shy [used in the ’60s] (thanks Stephanie Purdy for this one)
Wastedextremely intoxicated or high
Watergatea hotel/office complex in Washington DC where there was a break-in which eventually led to the downfall of a President
What a gassomething that was fun or very funny (courtesy of Jim Yurkovich)
Wig Outto freak out or space out (courtesy of Frances England)
Wild Thing, thesex
Wiped Outoriginally a surfers term in the 60s it meant depleted or exhausted either mentally or physically
Wiredhigh, also naturally energized or excited
With Itknowledgeable, appropriate or in the know
Wownot a new expression but certainly one of the most used during the sixties


Yippienickname given to members of the Youth International Party a anti war organization
Yuppienickname given to young upwardly mobile professionals


Zonea mental place where things are going well and are happy
Zonkedout of it, due either to fatigue, alcohol or drugs
Zoonot 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)