The '70s had a lot going on. The era of disco and hot pants left its mark on culture. The hippie movement of the '60s carried over into fashion, and bell-bottoms and flower prints were still the rage. Classics of music, film, and television were born during this time.
Bands like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin rose as the Beatles parted ways. The early years of hip-hop began with "Rapper's Delight" and DJs like Afrika Bambaataa. "The Godfather," "Rocky," and "Grease" became major blockbusters. Modern shows like "All in the Family," "Soap," and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" all changed television and made their contributions to culture.
Everything together affected language and the way the cool kids talked in school. Unforgettable movie lines like "May the force be with you," and "I'll make him an offer he can't refuse" made their way into everyday conversation. The DJs' language became the language of people in the clubs, then turned into the language on the street. When Jimi Hendrix sang about a "Foxy Lady," the suburban high schooler used the word, "foxy" to talk about his neighborhood crush. Funk spawned words like "funky," and "funkadelic," and it was all cool.
Test your '70s lingo and see how far back and far out you can go! Have fun!
Your friends could check you out at the crib after school or on a Friday night. Your crib is the place where, hopefully, you sleep like a baby. It's the place you're most comfortable and where the heart is, too!
The word Man capitalized has a stern feel to it, doesn't it? Who wants to deal with The Man, anyway? Whether it's school or the police, stay on the straight and narrow, young bloods!
When you flip through a book, the pages fly, as should you in certain situations. When you see The Man, be ready to do this! If you have to book, you better hope your feet don't fail you!
Listen to Kool and the Gang! When you're on the dance floor, if you're feeling the beat and letting it move you, that's what you're doing. Let yourself get on down and feel the groove!
The Grateful Dead's song said it all. What a long, strange trip life can be! Like a truck that just keeps plowing ahead, no matter what happens, keep moving forward. Listen to Jerry Garcia!
All the cool kids and anybody who's anybody will be at this particular shinding or happening event. You want to be in with the "in" crowd and not be a square. Don't be shy! Get your boogie down!
With some of your friends, you were close like blood, so that's what some of your homies called you! In the '70s, they didn't just use tame words like pal or buddy. Whatever they said had flash!
All the cool cats had their ways of talking. You had to keep up with their flow! When you dig, you have to get deep. When you understand something that's deep, you're the bees' knees!
Outta sight! Excitement is in the air! When things are just groovy, fine, fantastic, peachy keen, life is good! Like Stevie Wonder said, "Everything is alright, uptight, out of sight!"
"Parting is such sweet sorrow." When you have to leave, you have to leave. But I can always get back with you another day, like tomorrow. "Tomorrow. Tomorrow. I love ya ... tomorrow!"
JK. Just kidding! Some people love a good prank or joke! When someone is not serious and just pulling your leg, they psyched you out. We all have that one friend who loves to be tricky!
OH, YEAH! Your friends won't be saying that if you're being nosy. Just like people take their Kool-Aid seriously, they also take their personal business the same way. Stay out of it!
When you're out of the loop, you need to know what's going on. You need the info! When someone gives you the "skinny," they give you the "real deal." Hey, know you can handle the truth!
Jazz musicians called their shows engagements. That got shortened to gigs. Since jazz musicians are the coolest, the regular folk called their jobs gigs. Gig sounds so much cooler than job, anyway!
When something is cool and fun, it's the best. It's a gas. When something is a "gas," you're having a blast. Make sure that wherever you go, "it's a gas, gas, gas!"
Don't be a drag and bring everyone down, man! Be laid-back, calm, easygoing. Let everything roll like the river. Just be casual!
When you have a jones, you have an itch for something. Nothing easy breezy about it! You want it, and you want it now! When you jones, you don't think about anything else! You're all in!
You're out somewhere, and you are bored. It's not happening! It's not cool. You want to go! You want to get gone! That’s when you look around and say, “Let’s blow this taco stand!”
Narc is actually short for narcotics officer. Think "21 Jump Street!" A narc is someone who blends in with the crowd, then informs the authorities of bad things people do. Tattletales are never popular, are they?
If you drive 75 in a 25 mph zone, you could get pulled over and get a speeding ticket. That won't be fun for you, not to mention expensive. So slow down! Duh! Thanks, Captain Obvious.
When something is supreme, sublime, stupendous, it's primo. When something is really rockin', it's primo. Nothing but "primo" for me!
Moolah, cashola, dough, bread. It all means the same thing. Cold, hard cash! Money makes the world go round and round! Just like you need bread to survive, you got to have the cash, too!
What is one of the first things you say to someone when you see them? "How are you?" If they're alright, they're good. They're hunky dory, copacetic, alright. Everybody's good to go!
When you're in with the cool kids, you know what's groovin', rockin', or hip. You definitely know what's dope! When you know, you know! You're not a dope if you know what's dope!
You can avoid a lot of nonsense if people tell you what's what at the get-go, if they tell you at the start. But some people are unclear from the get-go! Things become a problem from the get-go!
Grody doesn't even sound like a nice word, does it? It's like icky, creepy, or gross. Not even remotely cool. Grody really is grody, dude. Ugh! Who wants to feel grody or grossed out?
When things get serious, that's when it all goes down. You actually have to slow down because things can get heavy. When something's heavy, it's deep. You may want to sit down. Whoa!
Hello, McFly! When you're out to lunch, you're out of it Your head’s not in the game. You’re in la la land. You just don't know what's happening. Good luck with that when that happens!
When you were full of it or just plain not telling the truth, other people knew it. They had no problems calling you out! If somebody thought you were a Jive turkey, you weren't jiving!
It's all about the shoes. When you had the right gear, you had all the right moves! Your kicks came in the room before you and announced your presence! The best kicks for the coolest kids!
You know when you're having a conversation with someone, and you're in tune with them? You flow and you vibe. When you're right, they'll tell you! When you're right, you're right on!
Sometimes, you just can't believe what you're hearing. You have to take a minute, step back, and make sure you heard what you think you just heard. Then comes: Are you serious? Say what?
Someone who's a charmer knows how to be slick. They know how to hustle. They know how to play the game. You can schmooze with the best of them! You have to be slick and have some moves in life!
Sometimes, you're so excited that you just want to jump and down. You're pumped! Being the cool person you are, you keep it cool. Instead, you stoked! Better to be stoked than struck!
Sometimes, some things are so cool, they are off the charts. It is the thing that everybody wants. It's what's on trend, right here, right now! When you have "the joint," you have what's "it!"