'60s Vocabulary Quiz


By: Talin Vartanian

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

'60s phrases like "groovy," "bug out" and "catch some rays" were popular phrases that expressed a variety of emotions. In this quiz, we'll take a look at some notable '60s phrases and slang words that you may be familiar with!

"Far out" was one of the most popular phrases in the 1960s, and was used to describe something that was cool in nature. For example, "This music is so far out!" Another phrase was "cherry." For instance, If I say "This car is cherry," it means that this car is "like new" or "mint" in condition.

"Catch some rays" was also a phrase that was used quite often, especially in beach settings. It means to go out in the sun, as the term "rays" denotes the rays of the sun. Some phrases were also used to express great enthusiasm about. "Pig out" and "scarf" were examples of these phrases. For instance, "He is totally pigging out on that plate of nachos."

This quiz will look at 35 '60s expressions that denotes a variety of feelings, emotions and analogies. Think you have what it takes to score at least an 85%? Try and test your wits on this groovy '60s quiz now!

The phrase "far out" is used to describe something that is ...

Something that is cool in nature was synonymous with the phrase "far out" back in the 1960s. For example, "This music is so far out!" You could also say, "Did you see her outfit yesterday? It was so far out!"


If someone is "bookin'," what does that mean?

If someone is bookin' in a vehicle, it means that they are driving fast. For example, "Dude, you're really bookin', slow down!" You could also say, "I was bookin' last night on the freeway at 2 a.m."


If someone is acting like an "ape," what do you think it means?

If someone is acting like an ape, it means that they are acting crazy or rambunctious in a situation. For example, "Dude, stop acting like a ridiculous ape, you're embarrassing me!"


Another word for someone who is "drunk" is ...

Someone who is drunk is also called "blitzed." For example, "Dude, you're acting blitzed. I think you drank too much." Another example would be, "Hey, you want to go get blitzed at the party tomorrow?"


Another way of saying "junk yard" is ...

A bone yard is also called a junk yard, and was prominently used in the '60s. For example, "I gotta get my car out of the bone yard today." You could also say, "Let's go find some tools at the bone yard tomorrow."


What is a boogie board?

A boogie board was a classic '60s term that was used to describe a surfboard that was small and short in length. For instance, "Hey, grab your boogie board so we can have some fun at the beach today!"


To "bug" someone is to ...

To "bug" someone is to bother or annoy them. For example, "Quit bugging me, you're being so annoying!" Another example would be, "Let's go bug our math teacher with a funny prank!"


To "bug out" from a party means to...

Another phrase for leaving a party or situation is to "bug out." For example, "Let's bug out of here, this party is going to end soon." You could also say, "Hey, you want to bug out of English class today?"


If this comic book is "cherry," it means that it's ...

If I say, "This comic book is like cherry," it means that the comic book is used, but is in "like new" or "mint" condition. This phrase can be used to describe a variety of used goods.


To "catch some rays" means to ...

To go out in the sun means to "catch some rays." An example sentence would be "Hey, we've been in the house all morning, let's go catch some rays!" You could also say, "I guess we can't catch some rays since it's going to rain today."


Someone who was bald in the '60s might have been called a ...

"Chrome dome" was the phrase that was used in the '60s to denote someone who was bald. This was often used in an insulting manner. For example, "Look at that chrome dome on that guy's head!"


To get "decked out" for a party means to ...

If you get "decked out" for a party, it means that you are putting time and effort in your appearance to look good. For example, "I can't talk, sorry, I gotta get decked out for this party."


To insult someone is to ...

To chop someone means to insult them via verbal threats. For example, "Hey, stop chopping Steve, it's not nice." You could also say, "Maria is really mad at you because of how you chopped her behind her back."


To call "dibs" on something means ...

If you call "dibs" on, let's say, sitting in the front seat of a car, it means that the front seat is now "yours." For example, "I call dibs on the chocolate ice cream when we get home."


Who was the "Fab Four" in the '60s?

The Beatles were called the "Fab Four" in the '60s. This was due to their immense popularity with their music and song-writing skills. An example sentence would be, "I've got tickets to see the Fab Four on Saturday!"


If something was "groovy," it means that it was ...

The word "groovy" was synonymous with "awesome." For instance, "This party is so groovy!" You could also say, "Look at that guy over there! He's got some pretty groovy dance moves!"


If someone tells you to "hang tough," what does that mean?

If someone tells you to "hang tough," it means that they want you to keep going when things get hard. For example, "I know you just lost your job, but hang tough, it'll get better."


If I tell you to "hang loose," what am I trying to say?

Another way of telling someone to relax or "rest up" is by using the phrase "hang loose." For instance, "I know you haven't been feeling well lately, so just hang loose for a few days."


If I'm feeling "jazzed" for the party, I am feeling ...

To show enthusiasm for an event or an object is to be "jazzed" about it. For instance, "I am so jazzed that I have tomorrow off from work!" You could also say, "I can't wait for the party tomorrow, I'm so jazzed about it!"


A "hunk" is someone who is ...

A hunk is someone who is physically attractive in appearance. For example, "Did you see that guy just now? He was such a hunk!" You could also say, "Channing Tatum is such a hunk!"


If you want to rudely tell someone to go away, you might tell them ...

To tell someone to go away, you might use the phrase "kiss off." For example, "Kiss off man, you're being annoying" or "I'll give you $5 if you tell our English teacher to 'kiss off.'"


To "scarf" a plate of food means to ...

To "scarf" a plate of food means to eat it quickly and eagerly. For example, "He was so hungry, he scarfed his whole plate of lasagna!" You could also say, "I could easily scarf this entire Thanksgiving turkey."


A "pad" refers to someone's ...

A home was called a "pad" back in the '60s. For instance, "Hey, can I crash at your pad tonight?" You could also say, "My pad is filled with giant spiders, I think I need to move soon."


If I say "right on," it means that I ...

"Right on" is a phrase that is typically used at the end of a sentence, and shows positive agreement and acknowledgment. For example, "Hey I just landed a job!" "Oh nice, right on!"


If someone is "ticked off," it means that they are ...

To be annoyed at someone is to be "ticked off" by them. For instance, "I don't want to talk to my boyfriend anymore, he ticked me off yesterday," or "My mom has been ticking me off lately."


If you are "tight" with someone, it means that you ...

To be "tight" with someone is to be really good friends with that person, or to be on really good terms. For instance, "I'm tight with my friend Jason; we've been friends for 10 years."


If you are "tuning out" someone, you are ...

"Tuning someone out" means that you are uninterested in what they are saying, and thus, you're not listening to them anymore. For instance, "I've been tuning my boyfriend out all day, he's being annoying."


If something is "unreal," what does that mean?

If a situation or object is "unreal," it means that it is amazing. This is usually met with feelings of disbelief as well. For example, "Did you see the moon last night? It was totally unreal, wasn't it?"


Another word for "zero" is ...

A "zilch" is another way of saying "zero." For instance, "Hey, how much food do you have in your fridge?" "Zilch!" You could also say, "Hey, how much homework do you have to do?" "Zilch!"


Someone who is uncool might be called a _______.

A square doesn't refer to a shape in this context, but to a person who is uncool in nature. For example, "He never wants to go anywhere, what a square," or "Did you see that ugly car Matt was driving? He's such a square."


To "split" from an event means to ...

To leave an event, like a party, means to "split" from it. For instance, "Hey, I'm gonna split, I have to work early tomorrow," or "Hey, where's Kevin? Oh, he just split from the party."


Someone who was "shot down" by someone else was ...

Someone who was turned down might have been referred to as "shot down." For instance, "Kate was shot down by the guy she asked out," or "I asked my mom if I could go to the mall, but she shot me down."


What does the phrase "pig out" mean in the context of food?

To consume a lot of food means to "pig out." For example, "Sam is totally pigging out at this party; I guess he hasn't eaten all day." You could also say, "I'm definitely going to pig out at that buffet!"


"No sweat" is another way of saying ...

"No sweat" is a phrase that is synonymous with "no worries." For example, "Hey, thanks for fixing my car." "Yeah, no sweat!" Or you could also say, "Hey, don't sweat about that test tomorrow, you're going to do great!"


Someone who is "nifty" is someone who ...

Someone who has a good sense of style may also be called "nifty." For instance, "You should see my friend's closet, she's really nifty," or "Wow girl, you're looking pretty nifty this evening!"


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