Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Words & Phrases From The 1950s | '50s Slang
For some reason blog posts focused on old-school slang seem to get lots of hits. I've covered the '70s, '80s and '90s, so here are some fun phrases from the 1950s. Obviously the '50s era is before my time so I'm depending on web research for this list. Yes, some of these words are still commonly used today.
Bread: Cash, money, dough. Example: "Gimme some bread so I can buy the new Elvis album!"
Crumb: Jerk, creep, idiot. Example: "Stay away from that guy, he's a real crumb!"
Daddy-o: Hip way of addressing a male. Example: "What's shakin' Daddy-o?!"
Flip your lid: Go crazy or lose it. Example: "Dad, I'm only five minutes past curfew, don't flip your lid!"
Out of this world: Great, amazing. Example: "This apple pie is out of this world!"
Out to lunch: Not all there. Example: "The receptionist at my doctor's office is totally out to lunch."
Pad: House, home, place of residence. Example: "I just got a new pad downtown."
Sharp: Snazzy, fashionable. Example: "You're looking sharp!"
Take five: Take a break. Example: "Why not take five and we'll regroup in a bit."
Wig out: Same as Flip your lid.