12 March 2015
Every decade people change. They either change the way they dress, act or say or sometimes a combination of all three. The technology that we have today has helped in changing our society tremendously over the years. They way of communication has gone from writing letters in the mail, to landline house phones, to text messaging on cell phones and various social network sites.
What were the 1950’s like? Now that we are in a new century and millennium, 1950 sounds so very long ago. During the 50’s decade, a lot of people used slang language that they got from the big screen. They often used the sayings from the movies that it got interpreted into our everyday life such as “I have lots of bread” for having lots of money, “he is cruisn’ for a bruisin’” for someone that looking for trouble, and “cut the gas” to tell someone to be quiet. If someone might use these terms today everyone would probably look at them confused because either no one has hers those phrases said or it is just out of place.
The Sixties like any other decade had its own unique problems, concerns and good times. And like any other decade it had its own lingo and cultural slang. Social unrest, an unpopular war, civil rights abuses, growing drug usage and a general distrust of Government provided plenty to draw from for slang lingo. Many of the phrases used in the 60’s are actually still used today. Nevertheless, I will show you a few words that are not commonly heard in today’s era such as “What’s your bag” meaning What’s your problem, or “Those shoes are so queer” meaning Those shoes are dorky. Those were some phrases that are not used today but here are a few that are still used in todays society. “ I’m going cruising”, “ He pigged out the other night” and “Are we solid?’ Even though you might think the 60’s was ages ago, we sill kept on a few words from here and there. In the 70’s disco was hot, lava lamps...
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