In the 1970s, American culture was still in recovery mode from the hyperventilated craziness of the 1960s. In many parts of the country, life started to slow down a bit, as new cultural norms and calmer waters began to prevail. The slang of the day started to change, too, although many holdovers from the ‘60s were still common. For this funky quiz, see if you can remember the casual lingo of the 1970s.
It’s time to get “righteous” in this groovy 1970s slang quiz. Say what? You heard me right. We’re going way, way back to veg out with this test of your old-school lingo, from the days when Burt Reynolds was the next big thing, and the ‘80s and all of their gaudy neon goodness were still just a glimmer in the future. Get wired on this crazy test of cultural knowledge so that when your elderly friends ask, “what’s the buzz?” you’ll know exactly what they’re talking about.
Grow out those mutton chops and break out the paisley leisure suit. You’re going to be extra zomba for the disco tonight, and if not, we’ll blow that taco stand and get funky somewhere else. Dive into this ‘70s slang quiz now!
"Can you dig it, man?" In the '70s, that meant, "do you understand?" As in, "can you dig why I'm growing out my sideburns? The women at Woodstock loved it!"
"Gee whiz" has been around for decades and it was popular in the '70s, too. It essentially means, "wow" and it is often an expression of enthusiasm.
After the tumult of the late '60s, "good vibes" made their way into some corners of America during the '70s. Good vibes, of course, are positive energy.
"I'll catch you on the flip side. Maybe tomorrow around three?" "I'll catch you on the flip side" means "see you later."
It's prime time again… time to flip on the boob tube (television) and watch some "All in the Family" and "Happy Days." But after we rest, it's time to get down at the disco.
In the '70s, as now, friends always helped friends. And in the '70s, doing a favor meant "doing someone a solid." And if you did them a solid, a good friend might return the favor down the road.
"Ow, baby, it's time to get your groove on! Let's hit that dance floor and get funky!" "Funky" often meant cool, hip, or fun.
"Peace out, man, gotta go." "Peace out" is a way to offer your acquaintances a warm goodbye. "Peace out, man, maybe I'll see over you at our '80s slang quiz!"
Because "bogus" is entirely too many syllables. "Man, I can't believe you gave up and joined The Man. What a bogue deal."
"Up your nose with a rubber hose!" In the '70s, nonsensical insults like this one were effective in defusing social foes. It still works today, and will likely draw a puzzled expression or two from the kids in the room.
"Max" was simply short for "maximum." "Wow, you didn't mess around, Jill! You really took that disco theme in your bedroom to the max!"
Cut out the fat and "give me the skinny." It means that you really want the full truth, no matter how your friends try to spare your feelings.
They're the spaced-out folks. "Man, you've turned into a total space cadet since Woodstock. You gotta let the old days go and grow up for once!"
Freaking out is still very much a thing in contemporary terms. "Dude, you gotta get a grip, don't worry so much, this Nixon thing will blow over. Don't freak out all time!"
You're confused and "out to lunch." "Man, you must be out to lunch today. How many times do I have to ask you to close the front door when you come inside?"
Man, those mutton chops really fill out your face nicely. Those bushy things are far out! "Far out" means, of course, "cool."
Some wannabe jokesters used this one until they wore it out. It's a mental trick, see? "Psyche!" It was a way to show someone that you fooled them.
You've been acting like a crazed Woodstock hippie all day. It's time to take a "chill pill" and calm down once and for all, you lunatic.
"Gimme some skin, man!" Like today's high five, "gimme some skin" was a greeting that involved a slap of the hands.
"Cool beans" is a '70s term for approval. "Cool beans, thanks for the lift, man! We'll catch you on the flip side. Don't forget to bring Jello salad!"
Time to cut it out. "You've been bugging your sister all day long. It's time for you to sit on it before I lose my temper!"
"Man, I know this running fad thing will die someday, but for now, just keep on truckin'!" And that, of course, meant that one should keep going no matter what.
"Hip" was a thing long before the hipsters came along. "Wow, that paisley blouse is so hip! Could I please borrow it for the concert tonight? It'll go perfectly with my bell bottoms!"
Oh wow, you're late for the hundredth time already. You'd better book it man, or your teacher is going to flip out!
"Right on!" It was - and is - a way of saying that you affirm someone's statement or feelings. It's still in prodigious use around the world.
Never trust "The Man"! That was especially true in the wake of the '60s, when authorities of all kinds were clamping down on wild youth culture and rebelliousness.
This is another term that's no longer in widespread use. "What a fry!" In the '70s, this meant that something was a bit loopy, weird, or out of control.
"No way, Jose!" But it has nothing to do with a guy named Jose… it's a just a way of adamantly saying "no."
You want to score a date with the hunky quarterback from the football team? Dream on, girl, that's not going to happen until you put away your unwashed tie-dye shirts.
There were a multitude of ways to ask your friends what they were up to in the 1970s. "What's the skinny, my friend?" In the '70s, this was slang for simply asking, "what's going on?"
In the '70s, "primo" meant you were riding high. That new primo El Camino? You're going to paint it bright purple. And that will make it primo to the max.
"Stop dipping in my Kool-Aid, man! I said I didn't want to talk about it!" This phrase basically means you're tired of someone pestering you about something.
"Go and get your groove on!" It's time to dance, and hurry, before the '80s arrive and bring along a strange new type of electronic music!
It's a term no one wanted directed at them in the '70s. "Man, you fell for that old scam? I can't believe you'd be such a chump!"
Back in the '70s you had the energy of three kids. "Man, I just love hanging out with my pals at the disco. We're gonna boogie all night long!"