By Torrance Grey on May 18, 2018
Millennials and even Gen-Xers tend to make fun of Boomers for not knowing the slang of today ("Ghosting? Do you mean paranormal investigation?"). But the younger generations tend to forget that Boomers had a slang all their own, much of it associated with the hippies and flower children of the 1960s, and some of it with the Beatniks, who were the early Boomers of the 1950s.
Some of these expressions are evergreen, like "cool" or "square." Others, like "groovy," are showing their age. And some, like "quail hunting," you might not recognize at all. But Boomer slang helped the young of the '60s speak in a code that their parents and other authority figures couldn't follow ... which was important, because rarely has there been a generation gap so wide as that between the conservative "Silent Generation" that came of age in the 1940s, and their children, who sought to change the world in the 1960s.
Whatever generation you were born in, you're likely to know some of these classic phrases ... but others might stump you. Do you know what was measured in "lids" and "keys"? Do you know your "bread" from your "threads"? Don't be a drag -- come and test your knowledge of Boomer-speak with our quiz!