How Well Do You Know Your '60s Slang?


By: Isadora Teich

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Ready to get groovy? Then grab your bell bottoms and get ready to rock n' roll! The Swinging '60s were an innovative era, where youth culture was in and the old way of doing things was out. Hair got longer, skirts got shorter and love got a whole lot freer. Between the London mods and the American hippies who overtook San Francisco, everything changed during this influential decade. British music invaded America, America invaded Vietnam and powerful social movements shook the world. Beatlemania swept the world, and everyone was buying Led Zeppelin records, rocking to "Stairway to Heaven."

Activists marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. American Vietnam War protesters stuck flowers in the guns of riot cops and even gathered to attempt to levitate the Pentagon with their minds in protest.

In the 1960s, LSD flowed freely, and people genuinely believed that anything was possible. People attended Woodstock, identified as spiritual and wore flowers in their hair. East-meets-West music influences overtook the sound waves while colorful prints and patterns dominated fashion.

It's no surprise that along with all of these big shifts, the language changed, too. In fact, a lot of '60s slang is regularly used by people of all ages as it's reintroduced to younger generations. Grab your rosiest-tinted sunglasses, and see if you can talk your way through this groovy 1960s slang quiz!

What was "chick" slang for?

Girls or women were called this back in the day. Many people consider it derogatory now.


What is a "flick?"

Movies were often referred to as flicks. They still are to this day.


What does it mean to "crash?"

In the '60s, to crash meant to go to sleep. The phrase is still used to this day.


Someone who has "screwed up" has made a _________.

This phrase dates back to the '60s. It can mean that you made a mistake, you're messed up in the head or you are intoxicated.


If someone is "knocked up," they are:

This '60s slang term for pregnancy is still commonly used today. It is a slightly vulgar way of saying someone is pregnant.


Someone who is a "pig" works as a __________.

People still refer to police in this derogatory way to this day. It goes back to the 1960s.


If you tell someone "Don't have a cow," what are you telling them to do?

This is one of several slang ways of the era to tell someone to calm down. Others include "Don't flip your wig" and "Don't sweat it."


Something described as "boss" is:

This meant something was cool or excellent. It could be applied to anything from records to clothes to cars.


Something that is "outta sight" is:

While this phrase is a little outdated, everyone still knows what it means. Something that is outta sight is fantastic and cool.


A "pad" is where you:

Pad was a slang word for "place" or "house." You might say: "We went to Jim's pad after the flick."


Back in the day, "bread" was slang for _________.

Bread was slang for money. To this day, money is still sometimes referred to as dough.


To "bug" someone means to do what?

This '60s slang is still commonly used. Siblings bug each other all the time.


What does it mean to "moon" someone?

In the '60s, rebellious youths would surprise people by dropping their pants and showing them their bare behinds.


If something is "choice," it is __________.

This meant top notch. This could be used for both people and objects.


How does someone who is "jazzed" feel?

To be jazzed about something is to be excited about it. You could say: "I'm jazzed about going to this concert."


Something that is "a gas" is:

In the '60s, this phrase was used to describe things that were a lot of fun. Someone back then might have said: "That party was a gas!"


To "go steady" with a person meant what?

This old romantic term meant a lot during the '60s. It mean to date only one special someone.


"Threads" referred to _______.

Back in the day, threads meant clothes. It is still used, especially by clothing brands, to this day.


If someone is "thicker than a $5.00 malt," they are:

Malts only cost 30 cents a piece back in the '60s. Someone said to be thicker than such an expensive malt was considered stupid.


An "ankle biter" is a:

Babies and small children are still occasionally referred to as ankle biters to this day.


Someone who is "blitzed" is _____________.

A blitzed person would have been incredibly drunk. For example: "Frank got blitzed at the bar last night."


Something "far out" is:

This is one of the most well-known '60s slang phrases. It can describe anything especially cool.


If someone calls you a "bozo," what are they calling you?

This is a very old school insult. It's the same as calling someone an idiot.


A man described as a "chrome dome" is:

This was a funny way of referring to bald men. It did not outlast the decade.


If something is "solid," it's:

Something that's solid is OK or all right. This can apply to people, situations and objects.


Someone who is "on the make" is looking for a new ___________.

This described someone who had recently been broken up with and was looking intently for a new mate. It could refer to both romantic and sexual intentions.


A "flower child" was another name for what?

Hippies were also known as flower children. They favored free love and more natural lifestyles.


People "scarf" ____________.

This means to eat very fast. You might say: "I'm going to scarf this spaghetti."


"Racing for pinks" involves:

This meant that two people would race in their cars, putting up the pink slips as a prize. The winner would get to keep the loser's car.


"Cat" was slang for:

The '60s were the days when people referred to men as cool cats. Cat was another slang word for guy.


To "bag" something is to:

In the '60s, an office worker might have asked: "Hey, who bagged my chips?" It meant to steal.


To "boogie" meant what?

When it was time to leave, young people might have said: "Let's boogie."


If everything is "copacetic," then everything is:

This was a way of saying that everything was good. If everything is copacetic, then there are no problems.


If someone is a "panty waist," they are a:

This was another term to describe someone who wasn't cool. It could also be used to describe a mama's boy.


In the '60s, a car referred to as "daddy's car" was:

This was used to refer to a car that was outdated and conservative. It was something someone's parents would drive.


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