Antsville, burn rubber and other 1950s slang.
Slang has been used throughout history by many different groups of people and occupations, with various words falling in and out of popularity. In the 1920s the word “ace” was slang for a one dollar bill and in the 1930s if you said you were about to “blow your wig,” that meant you were very excited. 1950s slang was different because it was heavily influenced by the youth of the decade. Young people created a much larger vocabulary of slang and a lot of it remains in use today. The hot rod culture and Beat generation also had a major impact on the development of 1950s slang.
Here is a list of popular 1950s slang terms and their definitions. How many of these terms are still being used today? If you’re coming to Gunther Toody’s for breakfast in Denver you may want to use some of this slang and really get into the spirit of the classic 1950s diner.
Actor – A show-off
Ankle biter – Child
Antsville – A place full of lots of people
Are you writing a book? – Meant to imply the person was asking too many questions.
Blast – A good time
Big tickle – Really funny
Burn rubber – Accelerate hard and fast
Butter-and-egg – An out-of-town sucker
Chill your chat – Shut-up
Circled – Married
Cube – Someone who is more boring than a “square”
Dead Soldiers – Empty beer bottles
Flick – Movie
Free to run for President – Unemployed
Go for pinks – A drag race where the car’s pink slip is at stake
Grody – Sloppy, messy, dirty
Have one on the city – A drink of water
Hitting the hop – Doing drugs
Kill – To really impress
Nest – Bad hair
Nuggets – Loose change
Pile up some Z’s – Go to sleep
Radioactive – Very popular
Sides – Vinyl records
Spaz – A klutz
Taken off the payroll – Killed
Washington – A dollar