Quiz: Can You Translate These Slang Words From the '60s?
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Can You Translate These Slang Words From the '60s?
By: Allison Lips
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About This Quiz

Slang enters our language ever yday. Some terms, such as "kiss up" forever enter our language. Others, such as "groovy," are forever cemented in time as a relic of when flower power reigned and the U.S. struggled  in the quagmire that was the Vietnam War.


At this time, almost half of the U.S. population was 18 years old. Color TV was new. Black and white TV was on its way out. Ninety-five percent of U.S. households had at least one TV . The British Invasion kicked off with the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show.

This decade was also a time of great cultural upheaval. President John F. Kennedy was shot in Dallas. The Civil Rights Movement was still working hard for equal rights. By the end of the decade, hippies just wanted to celebrate peace and love at Woodstock.

The youth of the 1960s had a significant impact on the language used. Even though a word may have been coined significantly earlier, it stay may have gained wide use in this era. Since the U.S. population was so young, odds are if teens were using a word, it probably caught on.

Now, let's go back to a time when the Fab Four had mop-tops and everybody hung loose. Will you be able to keep up with this 1960s slang? Find out if you remember the 1960s or if this reads like gibberish to you!

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If you're stressed and someone says, "Don't have a cow," what do they mean?
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When someone "goes ape," what do they become?
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What is someone doing if they bug you?
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What does a man with a "chrome dome" have?
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After a long day, what are you about to do if you "crash?"
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If some knows zilch about something, how much do they know?
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If someone's a fan of the Fab Four, which band to they listen to?
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What is calling "dibs?"
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If someone exclaims, "What a bummer!," what do they mean?
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What would you be doing if you were "catching some rays?"
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When someone refers to a car as being "cherry," what do they mean?
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If someone is "blitzed" after a party, what are they?
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What is something that's "boss?"
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What would you find in a boneyard?
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What does it mean to "Bogart" something?
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What kind of condition is a grungy item in?
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What does it mean to "hang loose?"
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If you scarf something, what are you doing?
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If someone tells you "right-on," what do they mean?
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If you "tune out" something, you are doing what to it?
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What are you fighting against, if you're sticking it to the man?
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Why wouldn't you want to be around a "skuzzbucket?"
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What is the "boob tube?"
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What did Marcia Brady mean when she described something as "groovy?"
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Why wouldn't you like something grody?
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What does someone do to receive a "five-finger discount?"
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What does it mean to be "decked out?"
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