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26 Beatnik Slang Words and Phrases We Should All Start Using
The Week ^ | Adrienne Crezo

Posted on 02/07/2013 1:44:03 PM PST by nickcarraway

On the weekends, it's fun to go to a red onion and get dixie-fried, but try not to run into a used-to-be

Plenty of phrases from the first self-described hipster generation remain a part of modern conversation: People still get bent out of shape, annoying people bug us and muscular guys are still built, just to scan the b-words. Here are 26 words and phrases that don't get much use today, but are worth sneaking into conversation.

1. A shape in a drape A well-dressed person. "Usually she just wears jeans, but she sure is a shape in a drape in that dress."

2. Bright disease To know too much. "He has bright disease. Make sure he doesn't rat us out."

3. Claws sharp Being well-informed on a number of subjects. "Reading Mental Floss keeps your claws sharp."

4. Dixie-fried Drunk. "It's Friday and the eagle flies tonight. Let's go get dixie-fried."

5. Everything plus Better than good-looking. "He wasn't just built, he was everything plus."

6. Focus your audio Listen carefully. "Shut your trap and focus your audio. This is important."

7. Gin mill cowboy A bar regular. (A gin mill is a bar.) "Cliff Clavin was the _flossiest gin mill cowboy of all time."

8. Hanging paper Paying with forged checks. "I hope that chick who stole my purse last week goes to jail for hanging paper."

9. Interviewing your brains Thinking. "I can see you're interviewing your brains, so I'll leave you alone."

10. Jungled up Having a place to live, or specific living arrangements. "All I know is that he's jungled up with that guy he met at the gin mill last month."

11. Know your groceries To be aware, or to do things well. (Similar to Douglas Adams' "know where your towel is.") "You can't give a TED Talk on something unless you really know your groceries."

12. Lead sled A car, specifically one that would now be considered a classic model. "His parents gave him their old lead sled for his 16th birthday."

13. Mason-Dixon line Anywhere out of bounds, especially regarding personal space. "Keep your hands above the Mason-Dixon line, thanks."

14. Noodle it out Think it through. "You don't have to make a decision right now. Noodle it out and call me back."

15. Off the cob Corny. "Okay, some of this old Beat slang is kinda off the cob."

16. Pearl diver A person who washes dishes. "I'm just a pearl diver at a greasy spoon, but it's a job."

17. Quail hunting Picking up women. "I'm going quail hunting and you're my wingman."

18. Red onion A hole in the wall; a really crappy bar. "I thought we were going somewhere nice but he just took me to the red onion on the corner."

19. Slated for crashville Out of control. "That girl's been in college for five minutes and is already slated for crashville."

20. Threw babies out of the balcony A big success; interchangeable with "went down a storm." "I was afraid the party would suck, but it threw babies out of the balcony."

21. Used-to-be An ex, a person you used to date. "I ran into my used-to-be in Kroger's and I looked terrible."

22. Varicose alley The runway in a strip club. "Stay in school or you'll be strutting varicose alley, girls."

23. Ways like a mowing machine An agricultural metaphor for impressive sexual technique, from the song "She's a Hum Dinger" by Buddy Jones. "She's long, she's tall / She's a handsome queen / She's got ways like a mowing machine." (Let us know if any of you ever successfully pull this one off in conversation.)

24. X-ray eyes To understand something, to see through confusion. "That guy is so smart. He's got x-ray eyes."

25. Yard A thousand dollars. "Yeah, it's nice, but rent is half a yard a week. Let's jungle up somewhere else."

26. Zonk on the head A bad thing. "It stormed all night and we lost power, but the real zonk on the head was when hail broke the bedroom window."


TOPICS: Books/Literature; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: language; slang

1 posted on 02/07/2013 1:44:07 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

If I start talking like this, people will probably look at me real strange, daddio.


2 posted on 02/07/2013 1:49:23 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers ("I'm not anti-anything, I just wanna be free." - Mike Muir)
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To: nickcarraway

I believe Lead Sled would only be used for full sized automobiles (e.g. C-Body Chryslers like the Newport, 300 and New Yorker, Caddilac Fleetwood, Lincoln Continental).

A VW Beetle, MG, Sunbeam Tiger, Corvette, Corvair, Mustng, Comet or Valiant would never be called a LEad Sled.


3 posted on 02/07/2013 1:50:25 PM PST by Dr. Sivana ("C'est la vie" say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell. -- Chuck Berry)
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To: nickcarraway

Wow. Reading that list, I just received a Snapper Carr flashback. Real Gonesville, Daddy-O.


4 posted on 02/07/2013 1:52:08 PM PST by Dr. Sivana ("C'est la vie" say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell. -- Chuck Berry)
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To: nickcarraway

I just don’t understand how those people communicated back then. Oh, well, TTFN, GTG!


5 posted on 02/07/2013 1:57:13 PM PST by MeganC (“Free Men Need Not Ask Permission!”)
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To: nickcarraway

“Snap snap snap snap snap....” (beatnik clapping)


6 posted on 02/07/2013 1:59:24 PM PST by NewCenturions
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To: nickcarraway

I’ve never heard of any of those.


7 posted on 02/07/2013 2:01:02 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

Don’t know how it started but my kids have always called me daddyo.


8 posted on 02/07/2013 2:06:47 PM PST by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: nickcarraway

# 5 is doubleplus good.


9 posted on 02/07/2013 2:12:01 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

Gravy and out-of-state, dude.


10 posted on 02/07/2013 2:13:00 PM PST by stboz
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To: nickcarraway; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows
Man, that's so...


11 posted on 02/07/2013 2:14:25 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: nickcarraway

Noodle it out is still used. Actually wasn’t it Neal Boortz that used it or a variant?


12 posted on 02/07/2013 2:18:05 PM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers; nickcarraway
If I start talking like this, people will probably look at me real strange, daddio.

Don't just talk it, like preach it, man!

Tell them about Daddio, Laddio and The Spook!

13 posted on 02/07/2013 2:19:29 PM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: nickcarraway

Did Maynard G. Krebs use any of these?


14 posted on 02/07/2013 2:22:52 PM PST by stayathomemom (Beware of kittens modifying your posts.)
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To: nickcarraway

One thing I remember about the fifties were all the beatnik joke. Unfortunately, I don’t remember any of the jokes. Dig me daddy-o?


15 posted on 02/07/2013 2:23:43 PM PST by driftless2
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To: stboz

strictly squaresville clyde.


16 posted on 02/07/2013 2:24:50 PM PST by driftless2
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To: Dr. Sivana

For me, the term “Lead Sled” usually conjures up images of an early-’50s Mercury.


17 posted on 02/07/2013 2:31:01 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers ("I'm not anti-anything, I just wanna be free." - Mike Muir)
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To: stayathomemom

I think, all of them. Look where it got him. He ended up stranded on a desert isle with an old guy who called him “Little Butty”...


18 posted on 02/07/2013 2:32:31 PM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: nickcarraway
Wow, straight from the fridge, man!


19 posted on 02/07/2013 2:44:34 PM PST by Old Sarge (We are officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet...)
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To: nickcarraway

Like... cosmic, man.


20 posted on 02/07/2013 2:56:53 PM PST by OKSooner ("Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell No!!")
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To: nickcarraway

***7. Gin mill cowboy A bar regular.***

We always call them “Barflies”. Including the women.


21 posted on 02/07/2013 3:06:05 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name! See new paintings!)
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To: nickcarraway; mikrofon; martin_fierro

Copasetic, mon frere.


22 posted on 02/07/2013 3:10:09 PM PST by Charles Henrickson (Dig it.)
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To: nickcarraway

23 posted on 02/07/2013 3:43:12 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: nickcarraway

24 posted on 02/07/2013 3:47:29 PM PST by Slyfox (The key to Marxism is medicine - Vladimir Lenin)
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To: nickcarraway

HEY YOU KIDS!


25 posted on 02/07/2013 3:55:00 PM PST by muleskinner
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

Ditto. Extra points if it’s chopped. I use three or four of those but had no idea they were hip related. For instance I’m pretty sure yard as slang for a grand predates the beats by a lot time.


26 posted on 02/07/2013 3:57:27 PM PST by Proud_texan
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To: Slyfox

I’m hep...Like, I dig man.


27 posted on 02/07/2013 4:03:41 PM PST by Idaho_Cowboy (Ride for the Brand. Joshua 24:15)
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To: Idaho_Cowboy

I was a little kid and I asked my mother what a beatnik was and she told me that a beatnik was a person who refused to wear clothes that matched.


28 posted on 02/07/2013 4:13:54 PM PST by Slyfox (The key to Marxism is medicine - Vladimir Lenin)
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To: nickcarraway

My grandparents lived in Venice, CA.
I loved going to the beach and seeing the coffee houses and those people dressed in all black with the original skinny pants.
My Gran bought me some jewelry from one of the shops, it is still as beautiful today as 1955.
I still remember my Gran saying “damn beatniks”, they always let their kids run around the beach naked.


29 posted on 02/07/2013 4:23:53 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: nickcarraway
"Usually she just wears jeans, but she sure is a shape in a drape in that dress."

Hey cats, how about a new you for '42? Want to look keen, sharp and hep? Get yourself a zoot suit with a reet pleat, a drape shape and a stuff cuff!

A Zoot Suit--Kay Kyser (1942)

30 posted on 02/07/2013 4:29:19 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: nickcarraway
This thread is nothing without the beatniks' worst nightmare:


31 posted on 02/07/2013 4:40:22 PM PST by Darnright ("I don't trust liberals, I trust conservatives." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
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To: Proud_texan
Ditto. Extra points if it’s chopped,

channeled, smoothed, and filled with mooncaps ...

I use three or four of those but had no idea they were hip related.

Went away on my honeymoon with my brother-in-law's big Linc bad enough without changing anything -- except the jugs, headers, and glasspaks ...

For instance I’m pretty sure yard as slang for a grand predates the beats by a lot time.

100-->C(note)-->yard, 1000-->G(rand)-->large

Philologists say slang comes from criminal or fringe subcultures, which used publicly long enough becomes popularized, hence passe. You probably don't know the current terms unless you're "with it." I don't.

But as a Texan, you know "big one" = $1000 and "Big Money" = Beaumont. TX = oil, right?

32 posted on 02/07/2013 5:45:40 PM PST by imardmd1
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To: nickcarraway

It’s all copacetic, man.


33 posted on 02/07/2013 6:26:42 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: Proud_texan; ZirconEncrustedTweezers; Idaho_Cowboy
I'm hip
34 posted on 02/07/2013 6:55:56 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Dr. Sivana
I believe Lead Sled would only be used for full sized automobiles (e.g. C-Body Chryslers like the Newport, 300 and New Yorker, Caddilac Fleetwood, Lincoln Continental).

Actualy I think that would be a boat. A sled would be an uncool car that lacks performance. A leadsled is a custom car with significant body mods (seams used to be filled with lead rather than bondo)

35 posted on 02/07/2013 8:13:41 PM PST by Cowman (How can the IRS seize property without a warrant if the 4th amendment still stands?)
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To: Charles Henrickson; mikrofon; nickcarraway

36 posted on 02/07/2013 8:27:22 PM PST by martin_fierro (Oobly-Ooo!)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

Yeah daddio they’d say Oh man, you’re bringing me down, you’re like on a trip to Squaresville!’’


37 posted on 02/08/2013 2:20:43 AM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: nickcarraway

Maynard G. Crebbs lives!!!!!!!!


38 posted on 02/08/2013 7:18:19 AM PST by petro45acp (No good endeavour survives an excess of adult supervision)
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