17 Groovy Slang Terms from the 70s Gen X Can’t Forget

Written By Jill Taylor

The 1970s was a time of colorful language that Gen X still remembers fondly. These slang terms were part of everyday conversation, and they probably played a big part in making this decade so unique and fun. Let’s take a trip down memory lane with these 17 unforgettable 70s lingo.


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Maybe the most popular one on this list, this word was everywhere in the 70s. If something was cool or excellent, it was groovy, and Owlcation says people used it to describe music, clothes, or just about anything they liked. “That new song is so groovy!” It was the go-to word for expressing your approval and good vibes.

Far Out

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When something was really impressive, it was far out. This phrase meant something was really amazing. “Did you see that concert last night? It was far out!” It often described experiences that were mind-blowing or beyond ordinary.


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On the other hand, if something was uncool or not good, it was bogue. This negative term was the complete opposite of groovy. “That party was totally bogue.” It could describe situations, people, or things that didn’t meet expectations or were just plain bad.


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If you wanted to say that you were just kidding, you’d say something, then yell, “Psyche!” to show you weren’t serious. “I got us tickets to the big game… psyche!” It was a fun way to trick friends and have a laugh.

Keep on Truckin’

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This phrase meant to keep going or persevere, even when things got tough. “School’s hard, but keep on truckin’!” It was an encouragement to push through difficulties and stay positive. The phrase often came with a unique walking pose.


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To boogie meant to dance, especially to funk or disco music. “Let’s boogie down at the club tonight!” It captured the energetic, carefree spirit of 70s dance culture. People would use it as an invitation to hit the dance floor.

Catch You on the Flip Side

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This phrase meant “see you later” or “goodbye.” It came from vinyl records, where you’d flip to the other side. “I gotta run, catch you on the flip side!” It was a cool way to end a conversation or leave a gathering.


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Calling someone foxy meant they were very attractive or sexy. “That guy is so foxy in his new jacket.” It was often used to describe someone who was not just good-looking, but you’d also think they were stylish and cool too.

Dig It

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If you understood or liked something, you’d say “dig it.” It showed approval or agreement. “That new album is awesome. Dig it?” It was a versatile phrase that could be a question or a statement, depending on how you used it.


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When a situation was serious or intense, people called it heavy. “We need to talk. It’s pretty heavy.” It could describe emotional conversations, complex ideas, or challenging situations. It added weight to whatever was being discussed.

Lay a Rubber

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This meant to accelerate quickly in a car, causing the tires to squeal. “Watch me lay a rubber when the light turns green!” It was all about showing off your car’s power and your driving skills, even if it wasn’t the safest move.

Book It

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When you needed to leave quickly, you’d say, “Let’s book it!” It meant to hurry up or run away fast. “The cops are coming. Book it!” This very popular phrase could be used in any situation where speed was needed.

Can You Dig It

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This question asked if someone understood or agreed with what was said. “I think we should go to the beach. Can you dig it?” It was a way to check in and make sure you made yourself clear, and everyone was on the same page.

What a Fry

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When someone did or said something stupid, you might say “What a fry.” It was like calling them a space cadet or airhead. “He forgot his own birthday. What a fry!” It was a playful way to point out someone’s silliness.


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This nonsense word was used in phrases like “You bet your sweet bippy!” It didn’t mean anything specific but added emphasis. “Is the party still on? You bet your sweet bippy it is!” It was a fun, family-friendly way to stress a point.

Chrome Dome

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This teasing term referred to a bald person. “Uncle Joe’s chrome dome is really shining today!” While it might seem a bit mean now, it was often used affectionately among friends. It highlighted the 70s’ more relaxed attitude about teasing.


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To bump meant to loan someone money or to dance closely with someone. “Can you bump me five bucks?” or “Let’s bump on the dance floor!” The context would make it clear which meaning was intended. It was a handy, multipurpose word.

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