How Well Do You Know Hippie Slang?

EDUCATION

Kennita Leon

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Hippies were a subculture of free-spirited people - mostly under 30 - who took over the sixties and seventies. They rejected everyday values and embraced their own, which included using hallucinogenic drugs and foods. And like most movements, they created their own words, expressing themselves in basically their own dialect. Their language, especially their slang, was seen as comical to most, but to them, it was a way of life and something to embrace. We want to pay tribute to that special hippie language today, with this quiz. 

So, we're going to ask you all sorts of questions about the things hippies said back in the day; we'll ask you what certain words mean. We will give you some definitions and ask you to choose the slang words that match. Some of this will be easy, we admit, because many of these words are still used today. But there are those odd renegade words that you may have a hard time with, and that's exactly why we're testing you.

So, prove to us that you know what hippies were talking about when their culture reigned. Prove to us that you could hang with all the bros, with this groovy hippy language test. 

What does "far out" mean?

"Far out" is a phrase used by hippies - a non-conformist group of people that emerged in the '60s. "Far out" is an expression of approval, meaning "great" or "thanks" or that something is cool.

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Which of these slang words or terms means "pleasing or wonderful"?

When something is called "groovy," this means that it is very pleasing, wonderful. If "groovy" is used to describe someone, it has the same meaning - the person is a "cool" individual.

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Can you tell us which of these terms is an expression of disappointment?

"Bummer" is used to refer to a bad thing or something unfortunate that has happened. It is an expression of disappointment. For example, someone might say "What a bummer!" after finding out a concert they would like to attend has been canceled.

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What does "outta sight" mean?

"Outta sight" is a hippie's way of expressing their approval of something, a way of saying "That's awesome" or "That's fantastic." Example: That new hair color is outta sight.

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Which of these definitions corresponds with the word "jonesing"?

"Jonesing" is used to say that you are craving something or need it as soon as possible, such as desperately needing to get your drugs. This term was used as far back as the 1960s.

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What does "blow" mean?

The word "blow" is used in many different contexts. In this instance, to "blow" something means to waste it or use it carelessly. Example: Don't blow all your money.

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Can you tell us which of these terms means "a profound experience"?

"Trip" refers to an amazing, intense or unusual experience. However, it usually refers to a profound mental experience, like one that might occur after taking hallucinogenic drugs or marijuana.

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Which of these definitions corresponds with the phrase "hung up"?

To be "hung up" is to be preoccupied with the idea of something, particularly something that is a matter of concern to you. Example: She's still hung up about her health after the diagnosis.

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What does "killer" mean?

"Killer" refers to something that is incredible or amazing and leaves a great impression on someone. Example: That's a killer performance! You were amazing!

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Which of these slang words or terms means "to leave"?

To "split" is to leave the scene - a particular venue or event - usually prior to the expected time. Example: I gotta split, or else I'll be late for work.

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Can you tell us which of these terms means "a feeling brought on by the influence of drugs"?

To be "fried" is to experience yourself being very "high" after smoking or using drugs for a long period, such as a couple of hours. Example: My brain is fried after all that weed we smoked.

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What does "cop out" mean?

To "cop out" is to evade your obligations and responsibilities, or to provide someone with an excuse to escape them. Example: He said he would be going to the reunion but copped out last minute.

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Which of these definitions corresponds with the phrase "right on"?

To say "right on" is to give a strong approval or commitment to something; to agree. The person may further express their approval by pumping a clenched fist.

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Can you tell us which of these terms means "unbelievable"?

"Unreal" refers to something unbelievable, an idea event or concept that leaves you dumbfounded or in amazement and you can't grasp it. Example: His mom's sudden death seems so unreal.

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Which of these definitions corresponds with the word "gig"?

To "have a gig" or "go to a gig" means to go to work or a job. It refers to something to do, which may or may not be part-time work. Musicians often use this term when referring to an upcoming live performance.

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What does "fuzz" mean?

"Fuzz" is a slang term used by hippies to refer to the police. Theorists suggest that the slang originated among criminal groups and others say it is derived from the word" fuss." It was a jab at the police for being "fussy" over small matters.

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What does "mellow out" mean?

If someone tells you to "mellow out," they are really asking you to calm down or "chill." This is usually said to someone who is speaking loudly or appears to be apprehensive or stressed.

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Which of these slang words or terms means "positive or negative energy"?

The word “vibes” is the shortened form of "vibrations." It refers to the mood or atmosphere of a place or person and can be negative or positive.

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Can you tell us which of these terms means "have a nice trip"?

The term "happy trails" can be taken in its literal sense - think about a relaxing ride on a majestic horse. This hippie slang is used to wish someone a nice trip.

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What does "primo" mean?

Not to be confused with the Spanish word for "cousin," the hippie slang "primo" means to be of the first quality.

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Which of these definitions corresponds with the word "stoned"?

A popular term, now used by smokers and not just hippies, "stoned" is used to refer to the mental effects and influence of a drug. The drug, in this case, is most often marijuana.

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Which of these slang words or terms means "friend or brother"?

A shortened form of the word "brother," "bro" in most cases refers to an individual who is not blood-related but is as close as family. The term is used for male friends.

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What does "wicked" mean?

"Wicked," when used in hippie slang, does not mean something is evil or cruel. Instead, the term means quite the opposite and is used to refer to something as being really good.

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Can you tell us which of these terms is derived from "tripping out"?

Derived from and near in meaning to the terms "tripping," "trip out" and "trip," "trippy" is used to refer to something as being unusual and psychedelic.

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What does "hip" mean?

The term "hip" has two meanings. Its first meaning is being aware of or in the know about something. The second meaning is to be cool or groovy.

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Can you tell us which of these terms means "a lucky break"?

An expression of good chance or catching a lucky break, to "score" means to attain a long desired item or goal.

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Which of these slang words or terms means "to be exhausted"?

As can be inferred from the term, someone is said to be "wiped out" when they are completely wasted, due to drugs, or exhausted.

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What does "drag" mean?

This term is unrelated to drag queens. "Drag" in this case is used to refer to something as being a disappointment or bummer.

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What does "strung out" mean?

The term "strung out" is used by hippies to describe the resulting negative feeling in the absence of a drug or craving. It is described as being a mental stress.

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Can you tell us which of these terms means "to be broke"?

A more poetic way of expressing one's financial deficiency or lack of money, the term "tapped out" is equivalent to "broke." That's not groovy.

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Which of these definitions corresponds with the word "wasted"?

A popular term used in the United States amongst teens and socialites, "wasted" refers to the physical immobility caused by the high intake of drugs and/or alcohol.

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What does "rip off" mean?

Not to be confused with the hippie term "ripped," "rip off" means "to steal." If you're the victim of a theft, you've been "ripped off."

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Which of these slang words or terms means "to be in a state of hyperactivity"?

The term "wired" is used to refer to a mental state of hyperactivity and tension. This overstimulation or mania is usually due to drugs.

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What does "way out" mean?

In hippie slang, "way out" means "way out there," but in a figurative sense. The term is used to describe something as being far-fetched and beyond belief.

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Which of these definitions corresponds with the word "stoked"?

The hippie meaning of the term "stoked" is quite similar if not the same in ordinary English. To be stoked is merely to be ecstatic.

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