Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Thursday Thirteen - Slang Words From The 50's



The past few Thursday Thirteens I did slang words from different time era's. Since I had a theme started, I decided to keep it going. Hope you enjoy this Thursday Thirteen.



  • Cat - a "hip" person

  • Circled - married

  • Cut the gas - Be quiet!

  • Duck Butt or D.A. - Hairstyle of greasers where hair in back is combed to the middle

  • Fake out - a bad date

  • Fat City - a great thing or place; Happy

  • Greaser - a guy with tons of grease in his hair, which later came to describe an entire group of people. (yes, John Travolta in Grease.)

  • Jacketed - going steady, dating

  • Kookie - nuts, in the nicest possible way

  • Lighter - a crew cut

  • Nosebleed - an insult

  • Paper shaker - cheerleader

  • Pile up Z's - get some sleep

34 comments:

  1. Cut the gas is funny.

    I also liked Fake out and jacketed.

    Quite a different set of slng than now a days, but they are all so interesting how people pick up on words and start new slang huh?

    Here is my TT list:

    http://gnosticminx.blogspot.com/2008/09/13-things-about-fosterpartners.html

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  2. Nice one for TT! Mine's up too hope you can drop by...

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  3. These reflect the times! A Fake Out is a great one.

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  4. What a great idea! It is remarkable how slang does change over the years.

    SJR
    The Pink Flamingo

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  5. Cool catch for TT! Mine's up too... Hope you can drop by!

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  6. I'm delighted to add Nosebleed to my arsenal of insults!

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  7. Some interesting ones there. And they are all perfectly logical.

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  8. It looks like most of these died along with the 50s. Many of these are new to me... I haven't even heard them in old movies or TV series. I do like "circled" and "paper shaker". By the way, thanks for stopping by my T13.

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  9. Too early for me, but these are all pretty cool :) Happy TT and thanks for stopping in! :)

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  10. Reminds me of my fav show as a kid. Happy Days! Groovy list.

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  11. oh my some of those are almost opposites now

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  12. wow - there's a couple of these that mean something totally different to me.... yikes! :)

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  13. I had not heard of most of those...what a fun look at the past.

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  14. Funny how every generation has to have their own!

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  15. Did you know that "hip" dates back to about 1904? Happy TT.

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  16. Nifty idea - Fun list to think about …
    Hugs and blessings,

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  17. Greasers is the only one I heard...and that was from "Happy Days"...lol. Now, I know that was way before your time. Where did you get those?? Happy TT:)

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  18. I've never heard "Pile up Z's". I learned something.

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  19. I love slang. These are great! I think I'm going to start using "Fat City."

    Happy TT!

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  20. Whoa, you've just added 12 new ones to my vocabulary. the only one i was familiar with was Kookie :)

    Great TT! :)

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  21. This is an awesome list, and great idea for T13! I learned a few new words today. :)

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  22. These words are a little before my time. I have heard them in the movies. Fun list. Happy TT!

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  23. These are fun! I'm tempted to add a couple to my vocabulary, but I'm sure I'll never remember. Still, it might be entertaining to tell my kids to "cut the gas," particularly if they're arguing. The resulting laughter would stop the argument anyway.

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  24. Great list. I love reading stuff like this, but I'm glad teenagers today don't still talk like this. Of course, they have their own slang - just like we did.

    Happy TT!

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  25. Oh my gosh, what a fun post. Before my time but fun. :)

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  26. That is hysterical, but even I do not remember them. Great find if you were not a 50s teen!

    My TT this is week is about the 13 Myths of Sarah Palin

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  27. I'm happy to say I don't remember most of those. Is that a good thing?

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  28. Thanks for sharing, I like those very much. As a student of the english language and an ESL-teacher I find them very useful. My pupils find it funny to get to know some slang words ;)
    Thanks for your visit
    Julia

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  29. How about:

    Cruisin' for Bruisin' (asking for a fight)

    Goin' for Pinks (racing for pink slips)

    Watching The Submarine Races (necking in a car)

    Yes, I'm dating myself.

    I did my TT before breakfast and hunger inspired my posting of Links to 13 of my favorite Tiny Food Recipes and free recipe cards - Tiny Food is my name for appetizers and finger foods!

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  30. I'm not so good in these slang thing, but I'm glad to learn a few...

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