Life in the 70’s
What started in the 60’s was carried over into the 70’s.
The world was changing, so too was what used to be “normal.” It was a decade that brought about new thoughts and ideas; feminism, the antiwar movement, and environmentalism. Politically, it was also marked by a “silent majority” or the “new right,” a quiet conservative movement that defended conservatism. But even our leaders were disillusioned and skeptical, as President Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal took center stage toward the middle of the decade.
The 1970’s was full of new technology, the beginning of video games and computers, new movies like Star Wars, and culturally relevant TV like The Brady Bunch and All In The Family. It was the end of the Boomer generation and the beginning of “Generation X.”
Slang Terms of the Seventies
What new slang was introduced during the 70’s that you can think of? This is a list of
all the words that were in popular usage during the 70s.
real deal or truth ex “let me give you the slinney on the deal”
- Can You Dig It
Do you understand? ” Can you dig it man?”
To trick someone. To b.s. someone. As if to psyche them out.
Used to describe something offensive or an unrealistic idea. “That’s so Bogue” or “That’s Bogue” or “Bogue, man…”
as in; Are you going Bootin? “I’m going Roller Bootin” or rollerskating
- The ‘Crib’ and going to the ‘Gig’
The “crib” was going home or to someone else’s house, and “gig” was work or job.
- Don’t Be Such A ‘spaz’
A ‘spaz’ was someone that was accident prone,clutsy, or just acting stupid.
- Dream On
a term used to get someone down to earth, or tell them they are being unrealistic about something, e.g. when someone would say, “I’m getting a brand new car!” you’d respond, “Yeah, right; dream on man!”
- Far Out
- ‘Good night, John-boy.’
An annoying phrase popularized by the entire cast of “the Waltons” — except by John-boy” (Richard Thomas) himself.
- In Your Face! (or simply, ‘Face!’)
I have succeeded in embarrassing or up-staging you (usually as through an exceptional play in basketball).
- Lay A Gasser
- May The Force Be With You
The most popular line from one of the greatest movies of the 70’s (and of all time) StarWars.
To describe an overbearing, “two faced”, or deceitful person or thing. Also: “Phony Baloney” which then became: “Baloney” which is an active form, used to instantly dismiss the phony person or utterance.
- That’s Sick!
A Midwestern phrase in the late 70’s. To describe something odd or unusual. Not necessarily an person or object of distaste, but something suspect but also intriguing. “Sick!”
- The Man
the man to me means any authority, corporations, police, government, they’re all the man tho first used in the 60’s by the hippies it live through the 70’s,80’s,90’s and still to this day
- To The Max!
Take it to the maximum. The best it can be.
- You Know
This was said at the end of nearly every sentence :)
- You’re So Stunned
Meaning the person acted or said something stupid, dumb.
- Your Mama
“Your Mama” was said a lot of my school, with also “Joe Mama.” With “Happy Days” that brought us the word “Nerd” which was VERY popular.
- book, Or, booking
to run quickly, usually away from something. (ie The cops were after hi so he was booking down the street.)
a cute girl
- catch You On The Flip~side
see you later
definition for a brown-noser – “cheesier” – is in fact supposed to be “cheese-eater.” Cheese-eater used numerous times as a synonym for a suck-up, but never cheesier. Is it possible that someone mis-heard “cheese-eater” and just always heard it as “cheesier”?
- chill or be Cool
everything had “city” after it. That was cool-city.
same as fabulous. ex: “that movie was fab”
- feel Tha Funk
feel the music. get down wit da boogie.
- fool That You Are
it is like saying “dork” or “goofball”. also like saying you know that you are a dork in a playing around tone or way.
- get Down, Or, boogie
- The izz
This term was created in the late 1970s and made it’s way through the 2000s. The use of “izz” is still popular. c”izz”ash= cash fo’ sh”izz”le= for sure b”izz”o= bitch b”izz”nitch= bitch r”izz”ide= ride(car) sm”izz”oke= smoke “izz”ass= ass ……and so one. It’s like pig latin, really fun, you should try it out.
10 Facts About the 70’s
- VCR’s were released to the public. Now television viewers could record their favorite shows and watch them later.
- The first MRI image was published in 1973.
- Economically, “stagflation” was a new reality. Unemployment and inflation increased at the same time, and the result was a stagnant economy.
- In 1973 Johnny Carson joked that there was a toilet paper shortage. As a result stores were emptied causing a shortage that lasted for weeks.
- Rock stars Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison all died in the 1970’s at the age of 27. Also lost was crooner Bing Crosby and rock legend Elvis Presley.
- The World Trade Center towers in New York City were built, and became some of the worlds tallest buildings.
- The Vietnam War came to an end in 1975.
- Richard Nixon
- 37th President
- 1969 – 1974
- Wife: Pat Nixon
- Gerald Ford
- 38th President
- 1974 – 1977
- Wife: “Betty” Ford
- Jimmy Carter
- 39th President
- 1977 – 1981
- Wife: Eleanor Rosalynn Carter
Things Invented in the 70’s
Disco music was an interesting musical mix influenced by funk, soul and latin styles. If you were headed to the club in the 70’s you would be listening to disco and you would probably dance like John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever.
Would you like a pet that doesn’t eat, doesn’t mess up the house or do much of anything? In 1975 you were in luck! For a short period of time, millions of “pet rocks” were sold to people around America. T
he pet rock was the brainchild of advertising executive Gary Dahl.
Citizen Band radio came into popularity in the late 1970’s. CB’s were used by truckers to save on gas during the fuel shortages of the 70’s and they also helped avoid speed traps. Many movies and TV shows featured CB radios and it caught on. Even the first lady otherwise known in CB radio-land as “First Mama” Betty Ford was using a CB radio.
Even though these suits were invented about 40 years before they were at their height in popularity, the leisure suit was a suit that you could wear out for a night on the town, and still be comfortable. They fell out of style toward the end of the decade.
Feathered hair became very popular in the 70’s, as the beautiful movie star Farrah Fawcett wore the style. Many women followed suit, and feathered their hair.
Role of women in society
The role of women in society was profoundly altered with growing feminism across the world and with the presence and rise of a significant number of women as heads of state outside monarchies and heads of government in a number of countries across the world during the 1970s, many being the first women to hold such positions. Non-monarch women heads of state and heads of government in this period included Isabel Martínez de Perón as the first woman President in Argentina and the first woman non-monarch head of state in the Western hemisphere in 1974 until being deposed in 1976, Elisabeth Domitien becomes the first woman Prime Minister of the Central African Republic, Indira Gandhi continuing as Prime Minister of India until 1977 (and taking office again in 1980), Prime Minister Golda Meir of Israel and acting Chairman Soong Ching-ling of the People’s Republic of China continuing their leadership from the sixties, Lidia Gueiler Tejada becoming the interim President of Bolivia beginning from 1979 to 1980, Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo becoming the first woman Prime Minister of Portugal in 1979, and Margaret Thatcher becoming the first woman Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in 1979. Both Indira Gandhi and Margaret Thatcher would remain important political figures in the following decade in the 1980s.
The economic slowdown of the 70’s
No serious economist claims to know the answer to this mystery. Indeed, there is a Nobel Prize waiting for the first economist who does. Anyone who claims to have the secret to restoring growth is someone you can dismiss with perfect confidence — especially if the claim comes from a non-economist, and even more so if it comes from a politician campaigning for office.
Several theories have been forwarded, but all have their problems. The first and most obvious was that the 1973 Arab Oil Embargo adversely affected the American economy. But rising oil prices were an even more severe problem in Japan, whose economy enjoyed explosive growth in the 70s. And the bottom fell out of world oil prices around 1980, with no restoration of American growth. For these and other reasons, economists eventually came to reject this theory.