In addition to having its own fashions, music, and dance crazes, the 70s had a lingo language all its own.
Many new slang terms and phrases, including some that have survived and are still used, were coined in the 70s era.
Though some of those are long gone or rarely used (except by those who grew up during that decade).
Many made it to the dictionary and have become a regular part of the American English language.
Here’s a list of the most popular 70s lingo and their meanings.
Cool – pretty great
Neat/Neato – almost as cool as cool
Groovy – really cool
Far out – also pretty cool
Outta sight – cool, neat, groovy, or far out
Can you dig it? – Do you understand?
Spaz – a clumsy individual
Keep on Truckin’ – encouragement to go with the flow
Right on! – I think that’s great!
Airhead – someone without a lot of brains or common sense
Boogie – to dance rhythmically
Bread – money
Bummer – bad news
Foxy – description of someone who’s really “hot”, usually a woman
It’s a gas – it’s a lot of fun
Cat – a really cool guy
Boss – great, cool
Jive Turkey – someone who doesn’t know what they’re talking about
Mellow out – to sit back and relax
Chill – take it easy
Funky – cool and unusual
Hip – yet another word for cool
Man – a word often used at the end of a sentence to make a point; i.e. “This is really cool, man!”
Pad – a place to live
Threads – clothing
May the Force be with You – From Star Warsmeaning good luck
Dude – a male pal
Hang Loose – relax
Your Old Man – this referred to your husband, father, boyfriend or any male with whom you were connected
Let it All Hang Out – tell everything
It’s My Bag (or Not My Bag) – I like doing it (or don’t like doing it)
While many of these particular terms were used regularly by the everyday American, there was also another popular language in the 70s from which many new slang terms were coined.
CB radio lingo that came from truckers who used “citizen band” radios to communicate with each other.
As a matter of fact, CB radios got so popular that car drivers were putting them in their vehicles as well and, eventually, everyone was adopting this language, which provided some shortcuts to regularly used phrases.
These included terms like “Do you copy?” (Do you understand what I’m saying?), “Ten-four, good buddy!” (message received, friend), and
“What’s your 20?” (Where are you?). It was all fun 70s Lingo!