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The 60’s. It was a time of political controversy, rebellion, protest marches, bras and draft cards burning, bare feet, and flower power. From the dust of the 60’s turmoil rose a new cultural lifestyle with a new breed of people: We called them Hippies.

They were children of peace who criticized middle class values, rebelled against established institutions and were dead against the Vietnam War. They were a new and liberated class of people who gave preference to freedom, love, and peace. They were set apart from others by the way they looked, how they thought, and how they spoke.

There emerged a language that they alone understood and this too helped set them apart from the rest of society. Below is a list of unique words that made the language of the Hippy their very own:

·  Pad: Your pad was where you lived. “Let’s head over to Pete’s place and hang out.”

·  Crash: To crash meant to go to sleep, usually right where you were. “I think I’ll crash on the floor.”

·  Bread: Money “Hey man you got some bread to lend me.”

·  Boogie: To bogie means “Let get out of here” Lets boogie!

·  Teenie Boppers: Girls under the age of 14!

·  Chick: A girl or a woman.

·  Far Out: Excellent or cool!

·  Scarf: To eat something very quickly. “I had a gas scarfing down pizza before I crashed at Pete’s pad.”

·  A Drag:  Something that is boring or un enlightening.

·  Old Man: Your Father   (your parents were in their forties)

·  Old Lady: Your Mother

·  Pig: A cop

·  Pig out: Over eating

·  Split: To split meant to leave. “I split Pete’s pad the next morning.

·  Scene: The place where you are is the scene. A scene is where something is happening.   

· Loaded: Intoxicated.. Drunk as a skunk!

·  Happening: To be in a fun place where everyone is having a good time is a happening place. 

·  Right on: I agree

·  Flake Off: Get outta here!

·  Groovy: When something is referred to as groovy it was cool. “Pete has a groovy pad.”

·  Threads: Your cloths. “Pete’s brother’s threads are far out for a dude.”

·  Hang Loose: Don’t get your tail in a knot, relax.

·  Brother: Any good person or a friend was your brother. “That brother’s no drag.”

·  Gut Wadding: Fast food was called gut wadding. “Come on Pete, let’s scarf some gut wadding at the burger joint.”


Ah, the 60’s. If you were cool, you were hip. Bellbottom jeans were in, torn and frayed jeans, tie dye shirts, love beads, head bands, granny dresses, granny glasses, sandals, crocheted hats and belts, ankle bells, and bare feet were all part of the Hippy life style. Where are they now?

Many went to collage, grew up, got married while a few held fast to the Hippie life and brought it along with them into the 21st century. It’s a little harder to recognize them now but if you get a chance to hear them speak, you’ll figure it out.

Peace out brother and stay cool man and have a nice day!











New Concerns For The Boomer Generation!

Then: Long hair
Now: Longing for hair

Then: A keg
Now: A ekg

Then: Acid rock
Now: Acid reflux

Then: Moving to California because it's cool.
Now: Moving to California because it's hot.

Then: Watching John Glenn's historic flight with your parents
Now: Watching John Glenn's historic flight with your kids

Then: Trying to look like Marlon Brando or Elizabeth Taylor
Now: Trying not to look like Marlon Brando or Elizabeth Taylor

Then: Seeds and stems
Now: Roughage

Then: Popping pills, smoking joints
Now: Popping joints

Then: The President's struggle with Fidel
Now: The President's struggle with fidelity

Then: Paar

Then: Killer weed
Now: Weed killer

Then: Hoping for a BMW
Now: Hoping for a BM

Then: The Grateful Dead
Now: Dr. Kevorkian

Then: Getting out to a new, hip joint
Now: Getting a new hip joint