All the latest slang that's fit to print, from 1971

BB reader MewDeep shares this vintage newspaper scan in the BB Flickr Pool:

Illustration for New York Times Magazine by National Lampoon art director and freelance illustrator Michael Gross. Foreground figures depict, left to right, secondhand hip slang, outdated hip slang, and bona fide up-to-date hip slang.

That's funny, kind of like Wired's old "wired/tired/expired." I'm pretty sure this is the article!


  1. It’s so unfortunate that National Lampoon Magazine wasn’t able to sustain itself. Over the last 12 years there have been so many straight lines presented that they would have needed to double the page count.

    R.I.P. National Lampoon.

    1. I stumbled on a collection of NL from the early 70s once.  They were pretty funny back then and the jokes held up over time.  A lot of those writers went on to start SNL.

      1.  NatLamp was the gold standard of satire for almost it’s entire lifespan. Mrs Agnew’s Diary, Bernie X, Reals Balls Adventures, so many fantastic short stories. Trots and Bonnie, LOL.

        Those were the best days of satirical political statement. It’s too bad that Tim Matheson got involved with it towards the end, there. IMHO, he put sank the last nail in coffin. After that it was only a matter of time.

        Mark’s Very Large Lampoon Site has gone on life support….

        On a lighter note, you can still buy the complete collection on DVD:

  2. Despite how styles have changed, the girl wouldn’t look out of place at any nerdy convention. Kinda gothic-lolita-ish.

    Also, it’s interesting how many of those phrases are used in everyday speech nowadays. Today’s slang will be tomorrow’s dictionary word.

  3. Funny which of those slang words are still around and which aren’t.  I think “groovy” died when people started hearing it on The Brady Bunch and coming from their grand mothers.

  4. In one of the old Mission: Impossible episodes with Leonard Nimoy, the squad infiltrates a hippie or beatnik group, can’t remember but you know how television whitewashed everything in those days.  Anyway, some guy had the following invitation to a girl:  “I’ve got a freaky pad nearby”.

  5. Heh, I was there. Groovy was never a real slang word. I still use it, but always in the voice of the Saturday morning George Harrison, he was the sad and introspective cartoon beatle.

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