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70s Lingo

In addition to having its own fashions, music, and dance crazes, the 70s had a lingo language all its own.

Many new slang terms and phrases, including some that have survived and are still used, were coined in the 70s era.

Though some of those are long gone or rarely used (except by those who grew up during that decade).

Many made it to the dictionary and have become a regular part of the American English language.

Here’s a list of the most popular 70s lingo and their meanings.

Cool – pretty great

Neat/Neato – almost as cool as cool

Groovy – really cool

Far out – also pretty cool

Outta sight – cool, neat, groovy, or far out

Can you dig it? – Do you understand?

Spaz – a clumsy individual

Keep on Truckin’ – encouragement to go with the flow

Right on! – I think that’s great!

Airhead – someone without a lot of brains or common sense

Boogie – to dance rhythmically

Bread – money

Bummer – bad news

Foxy – description of someone who’s really “hot”, usually a woman

It’s a gas – it’s a lot of fun

Cat – a really cool guy

Boss – great, cool

Jive Turkey – someone who doesn’t know what they’re talking about

Mellow out – to sit back and relax

Chill – take it easy

Funky – cool and unusual

Hip – yet another word for cool

Man – a word often used at the end of a sentence to make a point; i.e. “This is really cool, man!”

Pad – a place to live

Threads – clothing

May the Force be with You – From Star Warsmeaning good luck

Dude – a male pal

Hang Loose – relax

Your Old Man – this referred to your husband, father, boyfriend or any male with whom you were connected

Let it All Hang Out – tell everything

It’s My Bag (or Not My Bag) – I like doing it (or don’t like doing it)

While many of these particular terms were used regularly by the everyday American, there was also another popular language in the 70s from which many new slang terms were coined.

CB radio lingo that came from truckers who used “citizen band” radios to communicate with each other.

As a matter of fact, CB radios got so popular that car drivers were putting them in their vehicles as well and, eventually, everyone was adopting this language, which provided some shortcuts to regularly used phrases.

These included terms like “Do you copy?” (Do you understand what I’m saying?), “Ten-four, good buddy!” (message received, friend), and
“What’s your 20?” (Where are you?). It was all fun 70s Lingo!