ey dudes, you know what’s totally awesome – like, beyond rad? Slang terms!
These days, we have words like “woke” and “snatched,” we tend to think everything is “lit” – unless, of course, it’s “canceled.” But the 1970s and ’80s had their own slang terms as well.
Here are the most popular ones from those two totally tubular decades.
In the 70’s and 80’s, everyone was either a nerd or a jock. “Dork”, and its adjective form “dorky” were just alternative descriptions of the word “nerd,” which describes a socially awkward person of high intelligence.
Californian rock band the Grateful Dead had been around since 1965, but the late ’60s and ’70s was when they really took off, and by 1971, their loyal fans were referring to themselves as deadheads.
1972: Guilt Trip
The 1970s were boom times for the field of psychotherapy, and one of the big concepts to emerge was the idea of guilt tripping, or “induc[ing] guilty feelings in a target, in an effort to control their behavior.”
Short for carbohydrate. Made popular by the Atkins diet, which hit the mainstream in 1972.
Motorcycles were super popular in the 1970s, hence the emergence of this term describing the people who loved them. Another meaning of the term, however, is less wholesome. It denotes a speed freak, i.e., someone who enjoys the use of amphetamines.
It’s also the name of an awesome band.
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