Can You Identify All Of These 70s Slang Words?

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Were you around in the grooviest decade going? Perhaps you're just a fan? How well do you know your slang terms? Is your knowledge outta sight? Can you really feel the funk? There's only one way to find out. It's time to get off the hook!

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1. Hey dude, can you dig it?

  1. Do you understand?
  2. Do you have one?
  3. Are you feeling OK?
  4. Where's my shovel?
The use of “digging,” as in for knowledge which is not easily found, goes back centuries.
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2. Time to head back to my...

  1. Shed
  2. Home
  3. Work
  4. Park
The word makes an appearance in ‘Henry IV’ when Shakespeare asks “Why rather, sleep, liest thou in smoky cribs, Upon uneasy pallets stretching thee…”
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3. Oh, baby…

  1. When you want to humble someone
  2. To show that you're hungry
  3. To yawn
  4. To fall asleep
The European word “dream” is derived from the Sanskrit word, “brahm.”
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4. That was totally…

  1. Scary
  2. Confusing
  3. Impressive
  4. Lost
This term was first believed to be used in the 1950s jazz scene alongside 'hot' and 'cool.'
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5. It’s time to hit the hay…

  1. Annoying phrase used in ‘The Waltons’
  2. A James Bond quote
  3. A traditional country greeting
  4. A pop song reference
'The Waltons' ran for nine years with a total 221 episodes being aired.
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6. Well, well, well…

  1. A brand of acne cream
  2. A type of pie
  3. To compliment a friend
  4. When succeeding to upstage someone
Did you know that there are 43 muscles in the human face? You do now!
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7. Did you just…

  1. To fart
  2. To fly internationally
  3. Turn the oven on
  4. Eat marshmallows
Farts are faster than you think. They've clocked in at 3.05 meters per second, which is about 7 miles per hour!
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8. Remember…

  1. A 'Star Wars' reference
  2. A Nixon quote
  3. A science term
  4. A car slogan
'Star Wars' was released in theatres in the United States on May 25, 1977. It earned $461 million in the U.S. and $314 million overseas, totaling $775 million.
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9. Ha, ha, ha...

  1. To dance crazy
  2. To eat loudly
  3. To be scared
  4. To trick someone
A shortened version of the slang "I just psyched you out," which can mean "to put someone off" or to say it another way, to steer someone off course.
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10. Don’t be such a…

  1. A type of hat
  2. A good person
  3. An old telephone
  4. Someone two-faced
Americans tell an average of seven lies per day in January, compared to the usual standard of four.
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11. I’ll report you to…

  1. Corporations, bosses or authority
  2. Best friend
  3. A lead actor
  4. Wife
As a phrase meaning "the boss," it dates from at least 1918. From about the 1950s, the phrase was also an underworld code word for police.
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12. Let’s take it...

  1. Maximum
  2. Slower
  3. To cry
  4. To get married
In 1901 Connecticut passed the first U.S. state law governing motor vehicles, setting a speed limit of 12 mph in cities!
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13. Hey! I'll...

  1. Teach me
  2. Let's watch a film
  3. To play ball
  4. See you later
Radio DJs adapted the phrase “catch you later” to “catch you on the flip side” when ending their shows.
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14. That's a real...

  1. Old ship
  2. Cute girl
  3. Nice car
  4. Cute pet
Did you know that rabbits have always been a symbol of prosperity, abundance, and fertility?
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15. Dude, just...

  1. Don't stop
  2. Relax
  3. Hurry
  4. Buy more
Another great slang term we can thank jazz culture for!
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16. Dude, oh my god…

  1. Cheesy
  2. Harsh
  3. Odd, intriguing or good
  4. You're ill
Some believe the term sick as slang originated in Trinidad & Tobago in the late '70s.
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17. It's totally time to...

  1. Run
  2. Hide
  3. Eat
  4. Dance
James Brown released his seminal "Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine" in July, 1970. A song to get down to.
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18. Can you...

  1. To understand
  2. To enjoy the music
  3. To eat quickly
  4. To lose your temper
Some iconic funk artists include George Clinton, Stevie Wonder, and Earth.
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19. That is really...

  1. Sad
  2. Hip
  3. Harsh
  4. Expensive
Another counter culture classic from the era of cool.
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20. Never forget, just...

  1. To go with the flow
  2. To speed
  3. Buy new shoes
  4. Sleep
With large goods trucks driving for many hours across states, drivers would keep this helpful motto in mind.
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21. Oh yeah, that's...

  1. An exclamation of agreement
  2. A song
  3. A shout of anger
  4. A type of aftershave
The exact origins are debated - but some think it is a shortening of right on target, used by military airmen.
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22. Totally...

  1. Last week
  2. For show
  3. For sure
  4. To own
Even 'for sure' has the ability to get shortened!
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23. Don't be such a...

  1. An astrologist
  2. A stupid person
  3. A lawyer
  4. A genius
The formal definition is very different. 'Airhead' is a military name for a base inside hostile territory where supplies and troops can be kept.
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24. Hey!

  1. You too
  2. Never again
  3. Be quiet
  4. Here's hoping
Of course, it's a shortening of 'right back at you.' Simple.
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25. OK, you better...

  1. Time to book a holiday
  2. Be at the party or be boring
  3. Do some math
  4. See you later
To be a 'square' was a positive thing in earlier times, later it meant being out of touch with musical trends and fashions.
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26. Make sure you don't...

  1. To eat something
  2. To break something
  3. To scream
  4. To hog something
While filming ‘The African Queen’ in the Congo, everybody on the crew became extremely ill with dysentery from drinking the water. Everybody, except Humphrey Bogart, who only drank whiskey.
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27. Did you...

  1. Do you like it?
  2. Have you got my stuff?
  3. Let's go sailing!
  4. Do you understand it?
A perfect term when you're trying to avoid being too obvious!
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28. Don't be such a...

  1. A winner
  2. A dog
  3. A loser
  4. A small axe
A combination of the words chunk and lump - associated with wood.
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29. Don't be such a...

  1. A liar
  2. Two lakes
  3. A town in Norway
  4. Dim witted person
Some believe this term derives from the French 'goffe' to mean awkward/stupid.
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30. Well, that is just...

  1. Weird or cool
  2. Angry or crazy
  3. Lost and sad
  4. Honest and true
Alongside disco, funk music ruled the airwaves in the 70s thanks to likes of Sly & the Family Stone.
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31. Don't make me call the...

  1. The police
  2. Government
  3. The doctor
  4. Your mom
The origin of this term is not clear, but one theory is it might have come from the beards early police officers wore!
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32. Don't leave me hanging...

  1. To kiss
  2. To owe money
  3. To sing
  4. To slap hands
Five fingers per hand. It's not rocket science! Otherwise known as a 'high five'.
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33. Do you wanna...

  1. To exercise
  2. Spend time with a friend
  3. Avoid responsibility
  4. Eat cheese
Did you get it? A shortened version of to 'hang out.'
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34. Man...

  1. I'm broken
  2. I'm confused
  3. I'm alert
  4. I'm sore
A tricky one! To be 'temporarily not in command of one's mental faculties.'
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35. Yeah, I'm totally...

  1. Stupid
  2. Cool
  3. Itchy
  4. Terrifying
If you're keen on something, you are really, really into it! So... that's cool.
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36. I'm just...

  1. Asking loudly
  2. Being realistic
  3. Acting crazy
  4. A popular lyric
How'd you do? To keep things realistic is also to be authentic to yourself.
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37. Man, that was...

  1. Tempting
  2. Very exciting
  3. A bad time
  4. Half Price
The origin of 'off the hook' can be found in fishing; a fish on the hook has been caught and is considered to be out of options and not free.
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38. Freeze! You...

  1. A best friend
  2. A lucky guess
  3. A person who is unreliable
  4. A tasty meal
In 1974 the funk band the Ohio Players released the song “Jive Turkey,” which uses the phrase repeatedly in the lyrics.
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39. OK, it's time to get...

  1. A concert ticket
  2. The goose
  3. The truth
  4. A new car
A variant of the age-old saying 'to get to the bottom' of something; i.e. to get to the root of the matter.
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40. How about you just...

  1. Eat your vegetables
  2. Mind your business
  3. Dance yourself dry
  4. Beg for forgiveness
Did you know that potatoes have almost all the nutrients humans need to survive?
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41. That was...

  1. Rotten
  2. Expensive
  3. Cool
  4. Scary
Did you know that due to dust, water vapor and pollution in the air will rarely see more than 20 kilometers (12 miles) in the distance?
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42. Brother, that was totally...

  1. Rich or poor
  2. Worried or uptight
  3. Groovy or cool
  4. Lonely or lost
Over the years righteous, which refers to acting according to divine or moral law, morphed into broadly meaning 'good' or 'excellent.'
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43. How about you just...

  1. To go to the pharmacy
  2. To calm down
  3. To cool down
  4. To cook something
The origin of the phrase "Take a Chill Pill" was from when ADHD was first identified, and ADHD pills were beginning to be distributed.
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44. Hey friend...

  1. What's the time?
  2. What's your name?
  3. What are you doing next weekend?
  4. What's happening?
The phrase "What's Shakin" is Afro-American in origin, and dates back to the 1950s.
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45. Check it out, that's so...

  1. Scary
  2. Cool/Awesome
  3. Delicious
  4. Stupid
The word "wizard" derives from the Old English word, "wise." It's use shot up during the '70s when it was adopted as a synonym for "cool", and "awesome!"
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46. Hey!

  1. That's not butter
  2. That's not fair
  3. That's amazing
  4. That's last month
This word has a long history, first being used as an underworld term for counterfeit coins in the 18th century.
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47. I can't believe it, that's

  1. Disgusting
  2. Tasty
  3. Strange/Wonderful
  4. Sexy
Originally meaning "impractical, visionary," the word "unreal" was first recorded as slang in 1965.
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48. C'mon man, don't...

  1. ...kiss me
  2. ...hurt me
  3. ...mislead me
  4. ...divorce me
The phrase "yank my chain" originates from old mining communities, who would carry lengths of chain with them to secure their "honey wagons" (carts).
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49. That dude made me shout...

  1. Exclamation of Loneliness
  2. Exclamation of Trust
  3. Exclamation of Hunger
  4. Exclamation of Fear
The earliest and most commonly known use of "zoinks" comes from the American cartoon Scooby-Doo!
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50. Wow, he is built like a...

  1. Strong & Mighty
  2. Scared & Lonely
  3. Loving & Sweet
  4. Smart & Sexy
The phrase "built like a brick house" has a debated origin! It either dates back to the days of outdoor toilets or to when slaves would sing about strong women; "...she's a brick 'house. She's mighty, mighty..."
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51. Do you believe in...

  1. Hunger & Hatred
  2. Peace & Love
  3. Sleep & Silence
  4. War & Anger
The phrase "flower power" was coined by the American beat poet Allen Ginsberg in 1965 in opposition to the Vietnam War.
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52. Woah, they're some fresh...

  1. Socks
  2. Shoes
  3. Gloves
  4. Pants
"Kicks", a slang term for "shoes", appears to have originated from hobo slang (circa 1900s - 1930s) and jazz slang (1920s - 1970s).
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53. Hey man, I know...

  1. A guy called Jack
  2. Everything
  3. How to do squats
  4. Nothing
The phrase "jack squat" has a muddled history, but it probably originates as a more palatable version of a cuss/swear word!
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54. Let's go out and...

  1. Visit the parents
  2. Have a quiet night
  3. Have a crazy party night
  4. Play some pool
Did you know that Manchester (UK), Amsterdam (The Netherlands), and Berlin (Germany) are the three biggest party cities in the world!
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55. It was a total...

  1. Stolen cake
  2. Accident or crash
  3. Loss of money
  4. Hidden shoes
Classic surfer slang here! As anyone who has ever been knocked out (wiped) by a huge wave knows.
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56. This party is lame...

  1. Let’s eat
  2. Let’s sing
  3. Let’s dance
  4. Let’s leave
Both to "book it", and "let’s book", originate from "bookity-book" meaning to run fast, or to move quickly. This verb has roots as far back as the 1930s.
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57. Look over there! Is that...

  1. A candy bar
  2. Jack Nicholson
  3. President Richard Nixon
  4. A 1976 comedy movie
In 1960 the John Kennedy campaign incorporated this phrase as well as posters of a devious looking Nixon with the caption, “Would You Buy a Used Car from This Man?”
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58. After today's shift, I'm just gonna...

  1. To join the army
  2. A type of car
  3. A famous electrical appliance
  4. To relax
A medical origin here, this comes from the term 'vegetative state,' an absence of responsiveness and awareness.
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59. Dude, I'm being...

  1. A popular burger
  2. A dance craze
  3. Injured
  4. Completely serious
One theory is that this expression partly originates from the practice of using bones to polish leather. So, to 'bone up' on a subject was to improve one's knowledge.
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60. So, we've gotta ask you...

  1. How long until you arrive?
  2. Can I borrow some money?
  3. What date is it?
  4. A 70s prog rock song
It's short for 10-20, meaning location. This everyday term originated from CB radio slang that truckers used.
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