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70s Slang Words

The 70s were the decade when everything was laid back and relaxed, and the attitude spilled over into the slang of the day.

From the hippies to the disco divas, people in the 70s had unique ways of expressing themselves.

Feelin’ groovy.

You can’t think about the 70s without fighting the urge to say “Groovy, man!”

The era’s favorite word for anything fun, cool, or interesting began with the long-haired hippies and spread across the nation.

It was joined in popularity by two other staples of the 70s vocabulary – “Far out!” and “Outta sight!” were both common ways to respond to something that was beyond groovy.

“Right on!” could both mean you agreed with someone, or that something was good, depending on how it was used. Some other groovy terms of the 70s include “solid”, and “hip”.

Trucker talk

"Keep on truckin!" In the 70s the jargon used by truckers over their CB radios became part of the mainstream.

The popularity of CB radio among the general public helped to spread expressions like “Ten-four, good buddy”, “Do you copy?” and “What’s your twenty?”

Can you dig it?

The hippest smooth talkers of the 70s had a lingo all their own. They were the “cool cats” who borrowed slang from the African-American jazz musicians of the day.

If you weren’t in the know, you might be called a “jive turkey” – or something who believes they are a lot cooler than everyone else thinks they are.

The term “jive talking” encompassed the entire subset of slang, but within the jive vocabulary, it meant you were spouting nonsense.

A Bee Gees song by the title “Jive Talking” cemented the phrase in popular slang, and “jive” as a dialect of its own was immortalized in a scene from the movie “Airplane!”

70s slang terms

Disco fever

In the latter half of the 70s, disco ruled the clubs, and launched some famous slang into the popular vocabulary.

The most commonly known are the terms “boogie” or “get down” to describe dancing. Dancing queens of the 70s hit the floor to “shake their groove thing”, or simply to “groove” to the music.

No wonder groovy was such a popular word, it covered a lot of ground! The term “funky” also evolved out of the music scene, but came to mean something cool and different rather than its original musical connotation.

People in the 70s picked up a lot of slang from movies and television. After the release of Star Wars in 1977 the phrase “May the force be with you” was one of many lines from the movie that became part of the popular vocabulary.

The hit TV show Good Times gave us the catchy and very popular “Dyno-mite!” Saturday Night Live star Steve Martin had everyone using the very exaggerated “Well Excuuuuse me!”.

Catch you on the flipside!

Greetings and taking your leave in the 70s were never as simple as hello and goodbye. On your way out the door you might say “Check you later”, “Catch you on the rebound (or flipside)” or the popular “Peace out”.

Greetings were equally colorful, such as, “What’s crackin’?” “What it is?” or “What’s shakin’?” Dropping the “g” at the end of “ing” words was very common.

70s slang was all about being cool, hip, and in the know. The 70s were all about taking things easy, relaxing and getting down with your bad self – a scene that created a vocabulary all its own.