People within the hippie culture were generally rebellious by nature. This meant they loved challenging the status quo, challenging traditional cultural structures and societal systems, and, of course, they loved challenging pop culture and politics in general. But what about language?
Language is, of course, the very first aspect of human culture that gets changed whenever there are upheavals in society. Be it a small one or a major one, these changes are often reflected in the way we do things. And it definitely gets reflected in the language we use, first and foremost. For how do we communicate what we think, how do we communicate our dissent, our objects, and how do we communicate our thoughts and feelings about many things? Language is the key here.
There are times when language changes formally, then gets cascaded down to everybody. But more often than not, language actually changes from the ground up. What's slang today or yesterday could be tomorrow's important buzz word. What's informal right now might find its way into formal systems eventually.
That's how the language of hippies was, too. Or perhaps we should say is - since many of these phrases are still quite in use today. Take a peek and see if you can guess what they all mean!