Hippy Glossary - Hippies From A to Z by Skip Stone (2022)

Hippies from A to Z
by Skip Stone

Hippy Glossary

Hippies had to develop a whole new language to communicate their dailyexperiences for which there were no precedents. The counter-culture wasso intimately involved with the psychedelic revolution and drugs that manynew words found their way into the language. The drugs themselves withsuch laboratory names as LSD 25, begged for more colorful, descriptiveterms. Thus catchy names like Acid, Purple Haze, and Orange Sunshine madethe drug sound more appealing. Many of the words passed around among hippieswere from other cultures, particularly India. Karma, yoga, ashram, mantrawere typical of the exotic words introduced into everyday speech in the'60s. If you're looking for a name, please go to the section on famoushippies.

1-A: Status determined by draft board that you are currentlyfit and available to serve in the military.

1-O: See Conscientious Objector.

4-F: Exemption from military service due to mental or physicaldisability.

Acapulco Gold: Legendary Mexican marijuana from the '60s. Todayit wouldn't be considered so special, but back then it was great!

Acid: see LSD.

Acid Tests: Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters did the firstAcid Tests. These were events were everyone dropped acid together for anextraordinary group experience. Tom Wolfe wrote The Electric Kool-Aid AcidTest about the adventures of Kesey the Pranksters.

Activist: A person who participates in protest actions. Anyoneinvolved in a cause, usually political.

Afterglow: A state of peace that can follow after a psychedelicexperience when your mind is still detached from worldly concerns. "He'sbathing in the afterglow of his last LSD trip".

Altamont: Controversial, ill fated rock concert headlined bythe Rolling Stones and Jefferson Airplane at Altamont Speedway on Dec.24,1969. Hells Angels, acting as security, had their hands full as peoplekept rushing the stage. One man pulled a gun, and the Angels killed him.The film "Gimme Shelter" documenting the concert was used in evidence toclear the Angels.

Amnesty International: Organization for global human rights foundedin Amsterdam in 1961. They monitor the treatment of prisoners around theworld, especially "prisoners of conscience". They seek the abolition ofthe death penalty, torture, and other cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatmentof those in custody.

Animal Liberation Front: ALF is an organization that rescuesanimals (like minks) from industrialized farms where they are raised onlyto provide luxury garments to the rich. ALF has been declared illegal andits participants are being hunted down like terrorists by the FBI and ATF.

Antiwar Movement: The organized resistance by students, veteransand other activists against the draft and Vietnam War in the 1960s andearly '70s. Rallies, marches, speeches, teach-ins, sit-ins, slogans, banners,and songs were some of the non-violent tactics used to get the messageout.

Asanas: Sanskrit word. A series of body postures that stretchand tone muscles, increase endurance, and improve flexibility. Along withbreathing and meditation they make up the practice of Hatha Yoga.

Ashram: A monastery where monks practice yoga.

Astral Plane: A dimension of existence beyond the physical world.A place where disembodied spirits dwell. Many attempt to contact the astralplane through meditation or by using psychic energy.

Babe: Affectionate term for female, now with slightly differentmeaning.

Baby: Similar to Babe.

Bad Acid: Poorly made LSD, probably cut with speed which cancause a bad trip. Some people at Woodstock downed bad acid and the crowdwas warned about it, making the term instantly popular.

Bad Trip: An LSD trip that goes awry. Usually indicated by paranoia,or intense, uncontrollable feelings or rarely suicidal urges. Also usedto describe any bad experience.

Bag: What you're into. Your profession/obsession. What you enjoy."I hear your bag's nude meditation on acid!"

Ball: To have sex. "I hear Mountain's been balling your old girlfriendHarmony."

Ban the Bomb: Slogan calling for the end of nuclear weapons.The hippies were a generation raised in fear of THE BOMB. Trained as childrento hide under school desks in air raid drills, they grew up to understandthere was no hiding from nuclear war.

Ban the Bra: Slogan symbolizing the Feminist Movement, women'srights and the sexual liberation of the 60s.

Bangles: Hippie jewelry. Large, solid bracelets, several areoften worn together on arms or legs.

Bandanna: Bandannas are headbands that keep your long hair outof your face. They also mop up the sweat on warm days. And since men don'tusually wear berets or other feminine hair restraints, the bandanna doesthe job.

Basmati Rice: A special aromatic kind of rice from India.

Batik: Material made using the 'lost wax' process to create colorfulpatterns. Indonesian origin.

Beat Generation: See Beatniks Term coined by Jack Kerouac.

Beatlemania: Used to describe the virtual hysteria that accompaniedthe Beatles on their tours. Also refers to the successful marketing ofthe Beatles, their records and other products.

Beatniks: Derived from the term "beat", beatniks were the precursorsof the hippies. This tribe included authors Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac,William S. Burroughs and others who believed the essence in life is tofollow your desires and experience all life has to offer. The beat musicscene included jazz, folk and the emerging rock music. Beatniks had hangoutslike Greenwich Village in New York when they weren't "On the Road". Beatniksexperimented with unusual living arrangements, drugs, and innovative art.Word attributed to Herb Caen, a San Francisco columnist describing theBeat Generation in 1958.

Beautiful People: Used to describe hippies or cool persons.

Bean Bag Chair: A big amorphous chair covered with Naugahydevinyl (or leather or other material)...usually filled with little styrofoamballs. You could sit in it and it would shape itself to you. They werevery comfortable and relaxing.

Be-In: One of the first gatherings of hippies, January 14, 1967was at the Polo field in Golden Gate Park. It was called "A Gathering ofthe Tribes." In attendance were the Grateful Dead, the Jefferson Airplane,Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg, and thousands of stoned, tripping hippieswith painted faces, beads, bells, robes, etc. The Diggers were there givingout free food. There was no big reason to be there, other than to be there,hence a Be-In. An event where you groove on everyone else.

Bellbottoms: Pants with wide bell shaped legs worn by hippies.Bought as cheap clothing at Army/Navy surplus stores, these were navy issueddenim pants for sailors, once they caught on they were popularized to thepoint that major manufacturers started making them.

Benzedrine: 'Bennies'..'Pep Pills' 'Uppers'. Prescribed originallyas diet pills, these became abused as mood elevators, and by college studentsstudying all night.

Berkeley: City on San Francisco bay where the primary campusof the University of California is located. Berkeley was the origin ofthe Free Speech movement where the students confronted the University'spolicies regarding the right to be vocal and politically active on campusproperty. Berkeley was one of the centers of the protest movement in the60's. Sproul Plaza was a gathering place for the protests.

Biodiversity: Ecological concept that a healthy planet requiresa diverse range of life forms. Threats to biodiversity are the destructionof rainforests, pollution, overfishing the seas, ozone depletion, etc.

Biomass: The sum total of life within a given ecosystem.

Birkenstocks - These sandals were all the rage in the early 70's.They are shaped to your foot and toes with a fair amount of support. Unfortunatelythey're not for everyone, as I could never get a pair that felt right formy feet.

Black Muslim Movement: Black separatist movement advocating racialdivision and separation from White society. Two of these developed. Onewas under Elijah Muhammed. Malcolm X was part of this movement and choseto splinter off into a separate movement when he found himself in disagreementwith Elijah Muhammed over the approach to separatism, Islam, and religiousphilosophy.

Black Panthers: Armed, radical black political action group.Panthers were a response to the victimization of Black people by the whitemajority. Its leaders were imprisoned on various charges. See Black Power

Black Power: Attributed to Stokely Carmichael who used it toencourage blacks to attain more political clout. For a time this was auniting theme among black people in the U.S. It became a rallying cry foraction against the racial injustice of the 50s and 60s. Black activistswere ready to fight the system. Huey Newton, Bobby Seal, Eldridge Cleaverof the Black Panthers, Stokely Carmichael, Dick Gregory and Angela Daviswere leaders in this radical movement. Some advocated revolution and theoverthrow of the U.S. government. The Black Power movement struck fearinto the heart of America's bigots and all the leaders were soon in jail,sometimes on trumped up charges, sometimes on real crimes. In any casethe movement fractured, but the legacy of radical black activism had leftits mark on America's psyche.

Black is Beautiful!: Slogan used to instill pride among blackAmericans.

Blacklight: A special purple light that causes certain coloredpaint to glow brightly in the dark. Found in head shops, they are usedto add a psychedelic effect to posters and body paints.

Blast: A really great party or time. British origin? "We hada blast at the Stones concert!"

Blotter: A type of LSD on assorted colorful paper, often withfunny or unusual designs, cut into small doses.

Blow: Cocaine. To waste something. "Don't blow your dough onthat schwag."

Blow Your Mind: Surprise you in a mind expanding way by somethingunbelievable. "She really blew my mind with that head trip."

Bong: A long cylindrical tube with a bowl, used to smoke marijuana,tobacco or other substances.

Body Paint: To paint designs, words or slogans on one's bodyparts. Usually in wild patterns and often in paints that would glow underBlacklight. Body painting wasn't invented in the 60's, it's a very oldform of decoration going back to the dawn of man.

Bogart: To hog a joint while others are waiting. Term refersto Humphrey Bogart, who usually had a cigarette dangling from his mouth.

Bread: Money. "Hey man, gotta any bread for the groceries?"

Bring Down: Something or someone that ruins your day, and makesyou lose your high. "My ol' man's bringin' me down."

Bro: Used to describe any male friend. Usually someone you cantrust. A spiritual brother.

Buds: Not beer, but cannabis flowers.

Bug: To bother someone. "Quit buggin' me!"

Bummer: A bad thing.

Bum Trip: See Bad Trip.

Bunk: Bad drugs (fake not real like bunk doses).

Bunker: Someone who sells fake drugs, rips people off.

Burn: To get ripped off. "I got burned on that dope deal". Alsoto get mad. "I'm all burned up about that dope deal!

Burn Baby Burn!: Slogan used to describe rioting during Blackuprisings in U.S. cities during the civil strife of the late 60s. Detroit,Watts, Chicago, Cleveland and other cities experienced days of riotingand arson. See the The Hippy Timeline for what happened when.

Burn-out: Too many drugs, unable to handle a situation that hasgotten too familiar. Wasted. Feeling of never ending repetition. Inabilityto function.

Busted: To get arrested. "Did you hear? Joe got busted for loitering."

Buzz: Feeling of being high. "Did you catch a buzz from thatjoint?"

Caftan: A long, loose, brightly colored garment with long orelbow length sleeves from the eastern Mediterranean, similar to a dashiki.

Came Down: When the drug wore off you come down.

Cannabis: Formal Latin name for marijuana. Two main subspeciesare Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica. Indica has wide leaves and isshort, while Sativa has narrow leaves and grows taller. Hybrids from bothsubspecies, blending the best traits, are often grown for commercial purposes.

Cat: A male person who's hip. Beatnik term adopted by hippies.

Centering: Figuratively, to find one's balance. To center one'sawareness.

Chakras: Yogic concept. The seven chakras are physical and vibrationalenergy centers associated with the human body. The first begins at thebase of the spine moving to the seventh at the top of the head. It is believedthat by raising one's awareness through the practice of Yoga one can transmutethe lower energies of the first three chakras into the higher, finer vibrationsof the remaining four chakras.

Chapati: A flat round bread from India, similar to a MexicanTortilla, used to scoop food, especially when eating with hands.

Charas: Hashish made by extended pressing of marijuana resinby hand, resulting in a black, cylindrical potent piece.

Chicago 1968: Refers to the protests at the Chicago DemocraticConvention where thousands of protesters, reporters and bystanders werecaught up in a battle with the police. Mayor Daly took credit for the bloodshedwhile millions watched on T.V.

Chicago Seven: The group of organizers of the protests at theChicago Democratic Convention in 1968. The Chicago Seven included AbbieHoffman, Jerry Rubin, Black Panther leader Bobby Seale and Tom Hayden.They were charged with conspiracy and defended by William Kunstler.

Chick: A girl.

Choice: Like the FDHA stamp, refers to something of quality."I got some choice buds for the party"

(Video) Malcolm in the Middle - Malcolm's Genius breaks the System

City: Following certain words indicating profoundness or a lotof the previous word. "John Coltrane and Miles Davis were at the concert,man it was Jazz City!"

Civil Rights Movement: Started in the 50's the civil rights movementgathered steam in the early '60s with marches, passive resistance and speeches.Foremost among the leaders were Martin Luther King Jr., Medgar Evers, JesseJackson, and Malcolm X. These protests and the non-violent means used wereinspiration for the student anti-war protests that were to follow a fewyears later.

Clean: After prolonged drug use, a period of abstinence whichallows the body to remove all traces of drugs. A drug-free state. "I'vebeen clean for six months now."

Commune: Word comes from Communist ideology. Used to describea group of people living together, and the place they live. Communes practiceself-sufficiency, often farming the land.

Conscientious Objector: A draftee could apply for 1-O statusif they could prove that serving in the military went against their religiousor moral beliefs. With 1-O status your were excused from military duty,but still required to do civilian service. During the Vietnam War, thisstatus was rarely granted.

Contact High: An altered state of consciousness that people getjust being around other people who are doing psychedelic drugs.

Cool: Groovy, OK, far out. "That's a real cool tie-dye!"

Cool it: Or Be Cool. Mellow Out. Calm down or stop what you'redoing. "Hey can you cool it with the loud music, I'm trying to mellow out."

Co-op: Cooperative business, usually a health food store runby hippies. Members are part owners and many actively participate in thebusiness. Based on Marxist principles.

Cop out: Escape from responsibility. "Don't cop out when yourbro is in need."

Cosmic: An idea or person really out there on the edge of comprehension.

Counterculture: The encompassing word for the hippie movement.Not just a sub-culture, but an entire spectrum of individuals rejectingthe values of the dominant society. This term was far more acceptable toeveryone than the word "hippies."

Crash: To stay in someone else's place. To come down off Acidor another intense drug.

Crash Pad: A place where hippies could hang out, do drugs, sleep,have sex, etc. without having to pay rent. They would come and go, withdifferent people staying there every night.

Crawdaddy: First magazine to cover the Rock Music scene. Publishedby Paul Williams, author ofDas Energi. Crawdaddy is publishingagain!

Credibility Gap: This phrase was used to describe the public'sgrowing unease with the U.S. government's public statements about the warin Vietnam ("we're winning", "it'll be over soon", etc.) and the increasinglyobvious truth (more troops going over, more body bags coming back).

Cuban Missile Crisis: - When U.S. satellite photos showed Sovietmissile bases in Cuba, President Kennedy ordered a naval blockade of Cuba.The tense standoff nearly caused a nuclear war in 1962.

Da Kine: Term for top quality Hawaiian pakalolo.

Dahl: A very tasty, spicy Indian lentil stew, usually servedwith Basmati rice or chapatis.

Dashiki: A very colorful long sleeved African shirt. They pulloveryour head and have a v-cut below the neck. The dashiki is never tuckedinto your pants but worn as loose as possible. They are cool in summer.Hippies wore these because they have beautiful and colorful designs withAfrican patterns. They are still very popular with African musicians.

Day-Glo: Colorful paint that glows in the dark. Popular withpsychedelic art on objects and faces, especially during the Electric KoolAid Acid Tests.

Dead Heads: Fans of the Grateful Dead. Some dead heads formeda sort of cult that followed the band on tour.

Designer Drugs: Any of a vast number of custom made drugs thatare designed to be chemically different from illegal drugs, but similarin effect to those drugs.

Dharma: Indian word for one's life purpose and work. The principleor law that orders the universe.

Dharma Bums: Jack Kerouac's book about the beat philosophy'sroots in Zen Buddhism. He chronicles his adventures in California and atrip across the country, ending in a reflective stint up on a mountainas a fire lookout. This "rucksack wanderer" sure met some interesting peopleon his journeys including poet Allen Ginsberg and Buddhist Gary Snyder.This book and "On The Road" inspired many a hippy to take to the road insearch of onself.

Dig: To understand. "Dig it?" To like something. "I really digthe Monkees."

Diggers: Group that gave away food and clothes in Haight-Asbury.They followed the anti-materialist teachings of the English Diggers whofought against private ownership of land and property.

Dime Bag: $10 worth of dope.

Discotheques: Places to go hear rock music and see light showsand dance. Converted to Discos in the mid 70's.

DMT:Dimethyltryptamine. A very powerful hallucinogen that is smoked in a pipe.It gives short intense trips of a very specific nature.

Do your own thing!: Be yourself! Do what you want to do. "I gota few acres out in the country where I can do my own thing"

Don't trust anyone over 30! - Popular saying on buttons in the60s highlighting the generation gap.

Dope: Drugs.

Dose: From the word dosage, a single hit of a drug, especiallyLSD. If you do too much you overdose.

Dovetail: A European styled and rolled joint, looks like a bird.

Downer: Someone or something that brings you down, makes yousad. Derogatory. "It's a downer having Nixon as president!"

Downers: Any drug used as a depressant-includes Seconal, Phenylbarbitol,and others.

Draft: The mandatory call to military service for young men.All 18-year-old males are required to register with the Selective Service,which maintains records of your availability to serve in the military.It takes an act of Congress to reinstate the draft.

Draft Card: Issued by the draft board, it was usually your ticketto Vietnam. Many antiwar protesters and draft dodgers burned their draftcards in public antiwar protests. This activity sent many of them to jail.

Draft Dodger: Anyone who avoided the Vietnam era compulsory drafteither by getting the draft board to declare him undesirable or by fleeingto another country, usually Canada. To be declared undesirable or 4-F,you would have to fail the physical or mental qualifications. Draft dodgersused techniques that ranged from conscientious objector (which rarely worked),to acting gay or pretending to be a junkie.

Draft Lottery: The current system whereby your birthdate determinesyour draft eligibility. A number is drawn for every day of the year. Ifyour birthday gets #15, then people born on your birthday will all be15thin line to be called.

Drag: Bummer, something definitely unenjoyable. "It's a dragthat we're outta dope!"

Drop Acid: To take a dose of LSD.

Drum Circle: A fun event where hippies get together to play drumsor other percussion instruments and dance. These are reminiscent of pagancelebrations of special occasions like rites of passage or harvest. Therhythm of the beat tunes the participant into the group mind. The effectleads to a sense of community and transcendence. In other words it getsyou high! Drum circles can be part of a larger event.

Dude: A cat.

Earth First!: Radical environmental group that uses direct confrontationto save the environment. They are the group that put nails in trees toprevent logging.

Earth Shoe: A shoe especially designed with a "negative heel"(heel lower than the rest) to mimic a footprint in the sand. It was popularfad in the 60s that was supposed make you healthier, but in reality reallyscrewed up your feet! Needless to say the company went out of business.

Easy Rider: 1969 film starring Peter Fonda, Jack Nicholson andDennis Hopper contrasting the freedom loving hippie lifestyle and moreconservative American values with an unfortunate, but symbolic outcome.The song 'Born to Be Wild' by Steppenwolf added to the flavor.

Ego Trip: The whole world revolves around people who are "onan ego trip".

Electric Kool-Aid: Another term for LSD, coined when the Pranksterscombined Kool-Aid and Acid during the Acid Tests of the 1960s. Used inthe title of Tom Wolfe's book about Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters,"The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test"

The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test: Tom Wolfe's book about Ken Keseyand the Merry Pranksters. One of the great books about how LSD invadedAmerica's consciousness, peaking during the Summer of Love. A tribute toKesey, the Pranksters (including Neal Cassady, Ken Babbs, Mountain Girland Wavy Gravy), and the whole psychedelic generation. Good insight intohow the torch was passed from the Beats to the hippies. It also contrastsKesey's "up front", experiential movement versus Timothy Leary's experimental,insightful approach to the LSD trip.

Endangered Species: Any animal, plant or other species that ison the verge of extinction. Since the 1960s hundreds of species have eitherbeen placed on the Endangered Species list or have been removed due toextinction.

Enlightenment: Attainment of a higher awareness of the realitybeyond the illusion (Maya).

Environmental Defense Fund: Organization that seeks to preventpollution through education and coordinated efforts.

E.R.A.: The Equal Rights Amendment. Bans discrimination basedupon sex. Still not law. Written in 1921 by suffragist Alice Paul it passedCongress in 1972, was ratified by 35 states, 3 short of the number neededto make it law.

Fad: A popular craze, a temporary fashion.

Far Out!: Something wonderful. An expression of glee or approval.Also a way of saying thanks.

Feds and Heads: A classic dope dealing game.

Fillmore posters - The Fillmore East and West were concert venuesin the 60's that had introuduced some of the biggest rock acts to Americanaudiences including The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane,etc. The posters for those concerts are now collectors' items and someare very valuable since the artwork was very psychedelic and symbolic ofthe times.

Finger Hash: Potent Black Nepalese hashish formed into fingershapes or charas.

Flaky: Someone unreliable, untrustworthy.

Flashback: A spontaneous psychedelic experience that remindsone of a previous trip, but without any drugs. "Every time I climb thatmountain I get flashbacks from my acid trip there back in 1969."

Flip Out: To lose it. To go crazy. "Mike flipped out after hischick Sunshine left."

Floating: High on drugs.

Fly: To be high. "Two tokes of that stuff and you're flying!"

Flower Children: The hippies were called Flower Children becausethey wore flowers in their hair, on their clothes and painted flowers oneverything.

Flower Power: Term coined in 1965 by Allen Ginsberg at an anti-warrally in Berkeley. It was Ginsberg's way of encouraging a non-violent responseto violence protesters encountered. Since hippies were fond of wearingand sharing flowers, Flower Power was the hippie equivalent of the BlackPower movement. An extension of the Peace and Love theme, Flower Powerassumed that the power of Love would win out over violence and hate.

Flowers: Cannabis buds.

Four-Twenty, 4:20: Originally referred to the California penalcode for marijuana use. Adopted by heads as the time to light up! It'scurrently very popular for the name of websites, and it appears regularlyin marijuana magazines.

Freak: To be very excited about something. "He's a VW bus freak".Also to get upset or to be afraid of something - see Freak Out.

Freak Flag: Long Hair

Freaks: A descriptive term for hippies. Like the old Freak showin a carnival, hippies were so different and their behaviors so bizarreby ordinary standards they were considered freaks. But really it's an affectionateterm used within the hippy community to describe someone really into beingthemselves, however outlandish that might be.

Freak Out: To go wild over something, or to have a really wildexperience. "They all freaked out when he showed up in body paint alone."To get very upset about something or to be very afraid.

Freaky: Something really weird or frightening.

Freedom Fighter: Current Hippie term (late 80's-90's) for a personinvolved in the political movement to legalize grass.

Free Love: The idealistic concept embraced by the hippies thatLove and sex needn't be bound by convention. People are free to love whomeverthey please, whenever they please, wherever they please, without attachmentor commitment. This was practiced by many hippies and helped spawn theWomen's and Gay Liberation Movements.

Free Speech Movement: Arosein 1964, on the Berkeley campus of the University of California as a resultof the administration prohibiting student political activities on campus.Students held rallies on the steps of the Administration building (SproulHall) and sit-ins inside demanding freedom of speech. Many students werebeaten, arrested, and some are suspended including Mario Savio, the founderof the movement and one of the more outspoken student protesters. Eventuallythe Berkeley faculty members came up with a proposal to restore free speechand the University Chancellor was replaced.

Fried: Burned out from doing too much dope.

Fritz the Cat: Cartoonist R. Crumb's fabled feline became famousfor appearing in two feature films.

Fry: To be too high, usually on psychedelic drugs. "I did 300mikes, I'm frying!"

(Video) Steppenwolf - Born To Be Wild (Easy Rider) (1969)

Friends of the Earth: An affiliation of international environmentalorganizations in 63 countries. Friends of the Earth seeks to raise awarenessof ecological issues affecting the planet, and provide coordinated solutionsto the most pressing problems facing the planet.

Funky: This word was given a new meaning by the hippies. It describedclothing that wasn't supposed to go together, but somehow managed to lookgood. The meaning of the word became more vague, but still meant somethingwith an unusual campy style, like clothes, music, or attitude. Get Funky!

Fuzz: Another name for the police. Pigs, cops, and 'the man'were other commonly used terms.

Gay Liberation Movement: An outgrowth of the Sexual Liberationmovement that started when NYC police raided a Greenwich Village gay barin 1968. In the resulting riot 2000 demonstrators battled 400 police withmany injuries.

Generation Gap: Term highlighting the differences in perspectivebetween hippies and their parents.

Get High: To turn on. To do a drug. To alter your consciousnessin a pleasant way. "I got high just listening to Joni sing!"

Get into it!: Dig it! Go for it! Do it with your whole being.

Get it together!: Also: Get your shit together. Shape up!

Get Laid: Have sex.

Get Real!: Stop dreaming! "Get real man, nobody's gonna get highsmokin' banana peels!"

Getting Off: When a drug takes effect and you start to get high.Also means to enjoy something. "I get off on Jerry's licks."

Gig: A concert or a job. Something to do.

Gimme Shelter: Documentary movie about the ill fated Altamontconcert. Also a Rolling Stones song about the event.

Give Peace a Chance: Saying on banners and John Lennon song sungby protesters.

Go Down: Something happening. "What went down at the protestyesterday?" Also a blow job (oral sex). "She went down on me and I letloose!"

Going through Changes: To have a transforming experience. A negativeexperience. "My parents are putting me through changes"

Go For It!: Do it!

Gone: Really out of it. Not aware. Asleep.

Go Straight: To stop using drugs. To get your "act" together.

Go with the Flow: Taoist philosophy of living in the moment,without struggle, letting things happen as they may.

Granny Glasses: Small wire framed glasses with round or squarecolored lenses. Made popular by rock musicians including John Lennon andJerry Garcia.

Grass: Marijuana

Great Society: LBJ's far-reaching economic and social plan begunin the boom years of the early 1960's. It achieved some worthwhile goalsincluding Medicare and other workers benefits. It got sidetracked by thefinancial burden of the Vietnam War.

Green: Someone active in the Ecology Movement. A product thatrespects ecology, using biodegradable substances for example.

Greenwich Village: Also referred to as "The Village". Home tothe Beats in the late 50s, early 60s when the coffeehouse scene was hot.Artists, writers, poets, musicians all were attracted to the area. Laterin the 60s, the hippies invaded and the scene moved to the less expensiveEast Village where institutions like the Fillmore East kept things lively.

Greenpeace: Activist organization founded to fight for the globalenvironment. Greenpeace has the highest profile of environmental groupsdue to their daring actions especially on the high seas.

Grok: A deep understanding of a concept. From Robert Heinlein'snovel Strangers in a Strange Land.

Groove: A good habit or style. "I'm getting into the groove ofdoing gigs every week."

Groovy!: Very pleasing, wonderful.

Guitar Army: Book/Manifesto written by John Sinclair outliningthe counterculture revolution of the Woodstock Nation

Guru: A teacher, often spiritual, especially in India.

Haight-Ashbury: The famous intersection in San Francisco nearGolden Gate Park where the hippies came in the Summer of Love, and neverleft! This area was the focus for much of the hippie movement's beginningsand inspiration.

Hair!:Hit Broadway rock musical famous as much for its nudity as for its music.Famous tunes include 'Aquarius', 'Hair', 'Good Morning Starshine'.

Hallucination: An altered state of awareness where one perceivesa completely different objective reality. More than just visual distortions,the person believes the hallucination to be real.

Hang Up: A personality quirk resulting from something bothersomethat makes your life miserable. "She ignored me! She must be all hung upabout my new girlfriend."

Happening: An event where people get together just to be together,usually involving music.

Happy Trails!: Have a nice TRIP! Refersto the visual distortions perceived under the influence of LSD.

Hare Krishnas: Religious group which grew during the 60s by recruitingmany hippies. Characterized by their chanting, colorful robes, shaven headsand pigtails they could be seen parading through city streets around thecountry. They worship the Hindu God, Krishna and abstain from meat, hopingto achieve higher consciousness through devotion.

Hash Bash: The US first and longest running protest for the legalizationof Marijuana. (Takes place at the University of Michigan every April 1st).Also a show/contest displaying various types of hashish and marijuana inAmsterdam.

Hashish: Compressed potent form of marijuana, produced in theMiddle East, Himalayan region and Africa. Also known as hash. Process removesresin containing THC from the marijuana plant usually using screens, orhands.

Hassle: A bother, something that you'd rather not deal with."Don't hassle me about the rent, I'll get it later."

Head: Some one who enjoys and does a lot of certain drugs like"pot head" or "acid head".

Head Shops: (Boutiques) Stores that catered to hippies or theyoung. Clothes, comics, beads, candles, jewelry and drug paraphernaliawere obtainable at these shops. They also made good hang outs.

Head Trip: To play games with someone's mind. A person or situationthat messes with your mind.

Heavy Metal: Hard, loud rock music, characterized by a heavybeat and thunderous guitars. Term originated with Steppenwolf (heavy metalthunder) in the song "Born to Be Wild".

Hell No We Won't Go!: Popular chant of draft resisters at demonstrationsagainst the war in Vietnam.

High: Stoned. An altered state. Pleasantly turned on.

High Times Magazine: Monthly magazine focused on marijuana andother drugs. A leading proponent of decriminalization of marijuana, andthe producer of the annual Cannabis Cup event in Amsterdam.

Hip: Aware of what's going on. Knowledgeable. "I'm hip to what'shappening." Something cool or groovy. "Those are the hippest love beadsI've ever seen!"

Hip Huggers: Jeans that rested low on the hips, exposing thenavel, especially on a girl wearing a halter-top.

Hippie: A person who's hip. Hippies did not refer to themselvesas such. The term became derogatory but is again fashionable if not entirelycomplementary. The whole anti-materialist, anti-war, pro peace, pro mindexpansion counterculture has been termed the Hippie Movement. SanFrancisco writer Michael Fallon applied the term "hippie" to the SF counterculturein an article about the Blue Unicorn coffeehouse where LEMAR (LegalizeMarijuana) & the Sexual Freedom League meet, & hippie houses.

Hit: A dose of a drug, like a "hit of acid" or a "hit from thejoint"

Hit and Run: To be at a demonstration or protest and be chasedby police while stopping to take a toke, then running off to avoid arrest.

Hog Farm: This activist, mobile commune once was located on amountain top near L.A. in the 60s. Later, the Hog Farm went on the roadliving in a fleet of converted school buses and traveled the country protestingthe Vietnam War. At Woodstock '69, the Hog Farm helped feed the assembledmultitude, and assisted those having bad trips. After Woodstock, the HogFarm personnel traveled through Europe to Nepal, and distributed medicalsupplies to Pakistani flood victims. The Hog Farm's most famous personage,Wavy Gravy, a Merry Prankster, was a founding member.

Holding: In possession of something, usually dope. "I'm holdinga special lid for you."

Howl: Allen Ginsberg's controversial book of poetry that wasdeclared obscene and banned. Ginsberg won the court case, a landmark forfree speech. Ginsberg pioneered a new style of writing and artfully expressedhis innermost rage at society's shortcomings. Ginsberg's dramatic readingof this work at coffeehouses in the 50s and 60s enthralled those "angelheadedhipsters" and established his reputation in literary circles.

Hype: To promote something excessively. "This book sure hypeshippies!"

I Love You Alice B. Toklas: 1968 Peter Sellers' movie where heis a lawyer who falls for a hippie girl who teaches him to mellow out withthe help of some marijuana brownies.

If it feels good do it!: Don't be inhibited, explore what lifehas in store for you.

IFIF: International Foundation for Internal Freedom. Foundedby Timothy Leary to promote LSD research & publish The PsychedelicReview.

In: Whatever's trendy at the moment. "Beatle boots and grannyglasses are really IN now!"

Incense: Incense has been used for millennia to provide a ritualcleansing of a room for religious services. Temples and churches are fondof it. Supposedly it drives out the "evil spirits". Most of the incensewe use in the west comes from India. When the hippies got going they wouldbuy incense to mask the smell of marijuana. Incense can also assist inmeditation by giving your space an exotic feel. Since incense comes ina wonderful assortment of scents you can just use it to add a nice fragranceto your house.

Jackson State: Two student protesters at Jackson State University(Mississippi) were shot and killed by state police on May15th, 1970.

Jeanette Rankin Brigade: A coalition of women's peace groups,who demonstrated against the Vietnam war at the opening of Congress in1968. 5000 women attended.

Jesus Freaks: A movement of people who just discovered Jesusand Christianity. They would get together with signs and banners to promoteJesus. Some hippies went this route. Often they were 'false' hippies, whoused the hip image to proselytize Christianity. Hippies who were Christianssincerely were also Jesus Freaks...and were cool.

Joint: A marijuana cigarette.

Jonesing: When you want something real bad especially drugs.

Joneser: Someone who wants drugs real bad that he'll rip youoff if he has to.

Junkie: A heroin addict.

Kama Sutra: Tantric Indian guide to enlightenment though sexualunion. Lots of sexual positions to help you get there!

Karma: Indian term for fate. You reap what you sow. Our conditionin this life is a result of our actions in past lives. We reincarnate untilwe free ourselves from our Karmic indebtedness.

Kefir: A yummy yogurt like drink with live cultures, often mixedwith fruit. A staple in Health Food stores.

Kent State: University where four students were shot and killedby National Guardsmen during an antiwar protest on May4, 1970. There is a monument to the students on the Kent State Campuswhich is still incomplete. Student activists still have an annual memorialgathering on the day of the shootings.

Key: A kilo of marijuana or other drug.

Kicks: Something you do for fun. Something enjoyable.

Kif: The Moroccan term for marijuana that hasn't been processedinto hashish. Often mixed with tobacco and smoked in a sipsi.

Kilim: Islamic rug, with colorful geometric patterns, usuallymade of wool and silk.

Killer: Something really great, powerful, or impressive. "Thatwas sure some killer weed we smoked."

Kundalini: A form of energy that lies dormant at the base ofthe spine that is channeled upward through the chakras via yoga.

Laid Back: Someone relaxed, easygoing. A place that's cool. "I'vebeen to the commune, it's real laid back."

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Lassie: No, not a dog or young girl, but a refreshing, coolingdrink from India made with yogurt. Sometimes served cold, sometimes witha touch of rosewater, often with mango or other fruit. A delicious precursorto the smoothie.

Later: Good bye. See you later.

Lay: To have sex, or someone with whom you have sex. "She wasa great lay."

Lay it on me: Give it to me.

Laugh-In: A popular sixties comedy show with Dan Rowan and DickMartin as the hosts. Stars included Flip Wilson, Goldie Hawn, Judy Carneand Arte Johnson. Famous for its humor, zaniness, social commentary andfrenetic pace and editing. It captured the sixties style and attitude andadded it's own set of expressions to the times, like "sock it to me!".

Lava Lamp - The original is a glass lamp lit from the bottomwith an oily liquid inside that rises in colorful amorphous bubbles. Theselamps are now enjoying a revival and can be purchased via the net.

Lemon Pipers: One or more person(s) who puts a hole through alemon (other fruit can also be used) then inserts a joint at the otherend and inhales thereby not only cooling the smoke but giving the smokea scented flavor. (Rolling papers eventually caught up to this fad andoffer a flavored paper commercially).

Licks: Chops. Groove. A musician's musicianship. The music theymake.

Lid: A bag of grass, usually about an ounce (28 grams).

Light Shows: A visual performance accompanying music at clubsand concert venues using strobes, film, video, special effects and morerecently lasers. First pioneered by Ken Kesey & the Merry Prankstersduring the Acid Tests, The Trips Festival and the Fillmore during the 60s.Andy Warhol also put on some famous light shows in NYC.

Love beads: Love beads were originally made from small seeds.They came in numerous patterns, and were given as gifts between friendsor made by the wearer. They were a common sign of friendship.

Love-In: Like a Be-In it was a reason to get together with otherhippies and have fun. Loving everyone and everything was the general themeof the event.

LSD or LSD25: Lysergic Acid Diethylamide. a rye ergot derivative.First synthesized and absorbed inadvertently by Albert Hoffman of SandozLabs, Switzerland in 1938. Extremely hallucinogenic in minute doses, measuredin micrograms. Effects can last up to 24 hours depending upon dose. Usedin psychotherapy in the 50s and 60s. Researched at Harvard by Timothy Learyand Richard Alpert. Both left Harvard and Leary continued as high priestof the LSD movement. In the 60s acid became the popular way to "trip".An LSD trip is not to be taken lightly. It is a profound soul shaking experiencethat expands one's perceptions and broadens one's mind. Reactions to LSD,which include physiological and behavioral changes, anxiety, and hallucinations,are influenced by the amount of the drug taken and the user's personalityand expectations.
Lude: A Quaalude, a depressant drug.
Maintain: To keep one's shit together. "Every since my babe leftme I'm finding it hard to

maintain."
Make Love Not War!: Slogan that sums up the hippie attitude. Appearedon signs and buttons during protests against Vietnam War.
Man: A dude. The Man is the police. Man! means damn! My Man! meansa friend.
Mandala: A colorful Tibetan Buddhist geometric artwork used to assistmeditation.
Mantra: A form of meditation that uses repeated phrase(s) that helpto free the yogi from random thoughts by focusing on the phrase. Differentmantras have different effects.
Marinol: Pharmaceutical extract of marijuana, allowed (by U.S. gov't)for those who have prescription for marijuana.
Mary Jane: Marijuana
Maui Wowie: The fabulously sweet, potent pot grown on the islandof Maui in Hawaii.
Maya: The veil of materiality and self-delusion that screens usall from the true reality of oneness.
Meditation: An exercise where one focuses one's attention, relievingstress, allowing contemplation.
Mellow: Something pleasant and enjoyable. Often used to describethe marijuana high.
Mellow Yellow: Donovan song that had everyone thinking you couldget high smoking banana

peels. One of the greatest put-ons courtesy of the Berkeley Barb.
Mellow out!: Calm down! Equal to chill out!
Mescaline: A hallucinogenic alkaloid in the peyote cactus plant,still used for Native American ritual purposes. These cacti are eaten inraw form. Processed mescaline compound was ingested as a pill form. Syntheticmescaline made a brief appearance mixed with chocolate powder and was oneof the best highs ever - it made you laugh uncontrollably for hours. Anyoneknow how to make more?
Microdot: A type of LSD in a colorful tiny pill.
Mikes: The number of micrograms as in a dose of LSD.
Military-Industrial Complex: The leading force in the American economyin the 60s. The combination of large American industries with huge defensecontracts. Reaps profits from war. Blamed for lobbying Congress to increasemilitary spending, to step up war in Vietnam. In 1960 President Eisenhowerwarned that the Military-Industrial complex was getting too big and powerful.Today this group of special interests is still determining US foreign policyand keeping the Defense budget ever growing.
Mind Game: When someone tries to control your mind, often by tryingto bullshit you.
Mini-skirt: A very short skirt that usually reveals not only a lotof intimate feminine curves, but much about the personality of the womanwearing it! A controversial symbol of Sexual Liberation because on theone hand women wearing it were touting their sexual freedom, but on theother hand were perpetuating the stereotype of women as a sexual objects.Go figure!
Miso: A salty thick paste, the residue from making soy sauce, popularfor making Japanese soups. Supposedly it has healing properties. They sayit can lessen the effect of radiation poisoning (who better to know aboutthis than the Japanese?).
Moby Grape: San Francisco band that made great music, but failedcommercially.
Monterey Pop Festival: This was the first rock festival ever. Heldin 1967, it showcased a whole new genre of music. Produced by Paul Simon,Johnny Rivers and John Phillips (of the Mamas and Papas) it was an eventthat almost didn't happen. Disagreement between the producers (who wantedto charge for the concerts) and the musicians (who wanted it to be free)were resolved thanks to impresario Bill Graham. Acts included memorableperformances by Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. The event was filmed andis available on video.

More power to you!: Good for you!
Movie: The reality we create for ourselves based upon a script weare constantly writing. This concept allows us to take control of the circumstancesof our lives by recognizing we are not victims but actors in a play whocan change our role whenever we choose.
Mr. Natural: Cartoonist R. Crumb's popular philosophical characterwas a spoof of gurus and their followers.
Munchies: Also known as the raving munchies. The mad craving forfood, often sweets that you get after smoking marijuana. It's so effectiveas an appetite stimulant, that's one of the main reasons it's prescribedby doctors for AIDS patients and those undergoing chemotherapy.
Naked Lunch: William S. Burroughs' breakthrough autobiographical/ScienceFiction book about the Interzone, where drugs, murder, and homosexualityrule. Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac helped Burroughs piece together thestream of consciousness fragments of prose (Kerouac is credited with thetitle). Considered a landmark work of fiction, it was banned in Bostonas obscene until the courts ruled otherwise creating a legal precedentfor free speech. Made into an excellent movie by David Cronenburg.
Napalm: Controversial inflammable defoliant used in Vietnam by U.S.military to clear ground cover and expose enemy. However many civiliansincluding women and children were seriously burned or died when napalmfell from the skies upon their villages.
Nehru Jacket: Very dressy Indian made shirt/jacket with short collarturned up and rounded buttons. Usually made with very fine material, likesilk or linen. Became popular around the time the Beatles went to India.
NEPA: National Environmental Policy Act. In effect since 1970, itmandates that the Federal Government monitor and regulate the quality ofthe environment. It was followed by the Clean Air and Water Acts.
Nepalese Temple Balls: Top quality Nepalese hashish shaped intoballs. Supposedly used by monks in Buddhist rites.
Nickel Bag: $5 worth of dope.
No nukes is good nukes!: Popular bumper sticker and banner in thesixties protesting nuclear weapons.
N.O.W.: National Organization for Women. Started in 1966 this activistorganization seeks economic equality, abortion, sexual and reproductiverights for women. They also oppose racism and violence against women. Oneof its founders and first president was Betty Friedan, author of The FeminineMystique (1963). NOW is the largest feminist organization in the world.
Nuggets: Buds
O'd: See Overdose.
Off the Pigs: Radical slogan used by Black Panthers encouragingconfrontation with the police. Literally meant: Kill the Police.
OM: Also AUM. The cosmic vibration. A very powerful sound. Usedas a mantra and in affirmations and blessings.
OP Art: Optical illusion style of art. Many artists tried this stylein various mediums. Geometric patterns that fool the eye with an illusionof three dimensions. This style reached a peak during the hippie era.
Organic: Something grown and processed without the use of chemicalfertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, etc. Organic farming methods includemulching, composting, use of natural pest control, crop rotation, etc.More generally something from nature, not man-made.
Orange Sunshine: A type of LSD in the form of a tiny orange barrel,usually containing other adulterants like speed. Also called Orange Barrels.
Out: Gone, no more left. "Bummer, I'm outta smoke!"
Out of it: Some one who's out there. Not with it. Asleep.
Outtasight!: Fantastic!
Overdose: Take too much of a drug. "Jimi overdosed on life." AlsoO'd.
Paisleys - These fractal like patterns appeared on clothes in thesixties and were a popular psychedelic design.
Pakalolo - Hawaiian marijuana.
Paraquat: Chemical defoliant supposedly used by Mexico and U.S.governments to eradicate marijuana. Paraquat is very toxic as it containsdioxins which poison the ground and water.
Patchouli - For some reason this is the fragrance most associatedwith hippies, probably because it masks the smell of marijuana. You canstill smell it in most head shops. A very strong earthy, flowery smell,usually found on hippie girls wearing long peasant dresses. Origin - India.
Peace Now!: Rallying call to end the war in Vietnam.

Peak Experience: Refers to any intense personal experience, oftendrug induced. See Peaking.

Peaking: Term for reaching the highest high on an LSD trip orother psychedelic experience.

Peace Symbol: The familiar circle with lines was originally thesymbol for nuclear disarmament. Bertrand Russell is credited with creatingthe symbol in 1958 from the semaphore flag signals for letters N(uclear)and D(isarmament). It first appeared in the anti-nuclear protest of theearly sixties, and was used extensively during the anti-war movement asa more generic peace symbol.

People's Park: In 1969, hippies setup camp on some vacant landnear UC Berkeley and called it the People's Park. On Memorial Day, 20,000appeared with flowers at the park. By July the authorities forcibly removedall the squatters (hurting many) and the park was closed.

PETA: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Activist organizationfor animal rights. They have staged many dramatic actions to free animalsfrom persecution and experimentation. They've also had many court casesagainst individuals and companies that abuse animals.

Pigs: Derogatory name for police.

Pissed-Off: Also Ticked-Off or Pissed. Upset or angry.

Plastic: Something or someone artificial, unreal. "I hate shoppingmalls, they're so plastic."

Plateau: The period of maximum effect of a drug, just after thepeak, and before coming down.

Platform Shoes: Raised shoes that were all the rage in the 60s.The first were Dutch klogs, but they soon became higher, more colorful,very fashionable, and even men started wearing them.

Pot: Marijuana.

Power to the People!: Used by Black Panthers and others to describethe need to change the existing power structure.

Primo: First quality stuff. "Those buds were primo!"

Psilocybin: A hallucinogen contained in certain mushrooms ofthe genus psilocybe. Fresh mushrooms can be found in many places aroundthe world, usually popping up in cowpies. Can be eaten raw (after washing),or brewed as tea, or cooked in omelets. The mushrooms are sold over thecounter in enlightened countries like Holland. Very popular with the raveset.

Psychedelic: Hallucinatory experience sometimes brought on byaltered state of awareness, via drugs like LSD or some other experienceor art work. The word originated in correspondence between Aldous Huxleyand Humphrey Osmond in the '50s. From Greek, it literally means a substancethat reveals the nature of the soul.

Puna Butter: The smooth, sweet, and strong sinsemilla marijuanagrown on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Purple Haze: A type of LSD, also a famous song by Jimi Hendrixabout the drug.

Purple Micro-Dot: Known for its color and considered the littlesister of the legendary Purple Haze!

Pusher: Someone who sells drugs, usually in reference to harddrugs like heroin.

Put On: A joke on somebody. "Is that story real or are you justputting me on?"

Quadrophonic: Four channel surround sound first introduced inmovie theaters then in home hi-fi systems. Now evolved into Dolby or DBXsurround sound.

Question Authority!: Popular button in the sixties encouragingpeople to challenge the powers that be, particularly the government.

Rainbow Family: Group of hippy gypsies who meet up once a yearfor a Rainbow Gathering. During the Gathering they live together and cooperatein a communal setting. They incorporate many American Indian customs intheir Gatherings. Local chapters also have events.

Rainbow Gathering: See Rainbow Family.

Rainbow People's Party: Movement and political party that grewout from the White Panther Party

Rainforest Action Network: Founded in 1985, this activist organizationfocuses on the needs and problems of the Earth's rainforests. It has agood emphasis on educating children to the perils facing our planet.

Rap: To have a friendly discussion.

Rasta: Rastafarian. Someone who follows the teachings of MarcusGarvey and Haille Sellassie, and worships Jah (God). Rastafarians weartheir hair in dreadlocks, and smoke ganja as the sacred herb. Bob Marleywas the most famous Rastafarian.

Redstockings: Radical feminist group who published "The BitchManifesto." They split from the National Organization of Women (NOW) andsought to raise the consciousness of women.

Reefer: Old term for marijuana from the 30's-50's.

Reefer Madness: Term allegedly describing how crazy people getafter smoking marijuana. This was typical of the propaganda promoted bythe U.S. government following marijuana prohibition. This was also thetitle of a famous movie purporting to show the dangers of marijuana. Nowmore of a funny cult film. The poster from the film was very popular inthe 60's-70's.

Resin: The clear sticky liquid marijuana produces to capturepollen. It is very high in THC content. Heating this resin causes it tovaporize the THC, and when inhaled it gets you high. Resin is separatedfrom marijuana to make hashish. Resin is also the term for the dark, coatingformed inside pipes used for smoking marijuana and hashish.

Right On!: Strong agreement, affirmative, yes! Sometimes accompaniedby a clenched fist.

Righteous: Something really great.

Rip Off: To steal, or have something stolen. "Someone rippedoff my last lid!"

Ripped: Very stoned. "I got really ripped on that Colombian lastnight!"

Roach: What remains of joint of marijuana when you smoke it waydown. Often saved and smoked later in desperation when you're tapped out.

Roach Clips: Small devices that hold on to a roach so it canbe smoked.

Rolling Stone Magazine: Music magazine with famous covers ofjust about everyone in the biz. Stories, reviews, and music calendar makethis magazine a must.

Rush: What you experience as a drug takes effect. A quick changeof consciousness that creates a dizzying sensation. "I love it when theDead jam, what a rush!"

Samadhi: Derived from Yoga, this term refers to the transcendenceof personal ego to attain a state of oneness with true reality. A stateof bliss.

Sandoz: The Swiss drug company that discovered LSD-25 and madeit available for psychological therapy. A term for LSD.

Scam: A plot to defraud people.

Scene: The locale and the cool people who attend comprise the"scene". A party with an atmosphere you appreciate.

Schwag: Low quality weed, or just something that sucks in general

Score: To finally get something highly desired. "Dude, I scoreda gram of some killer Nepalese finger hash."

SCUM: The Society for Cutting Up Men. Founded by feminist ValerieSolanis, the woman who shot Andy Warhol. In 1967, she wrote the SCUM Manifesto,which declared war against men and the male dominated society.

Screw: To have sex. "We screwed all night". Insult. "Screw you!".

Screw Magazine: Pioneering Porno Magazine published by Al Goldstein.

SDS: Students for a Democratic Society. Leftist group that organizedmany student protests against ROTC on campus, against the draft and thewar. Some of the more radical elements formed the Weathermen, who believedin using violent means to get their message across. They were responsiblefor bombing banks and businesses of the establishment. After an explosionat a Greenwich Village Brownstone killed several Weathermen, the remainingmembers went underground.

Self-Determination: The right of any people to determine forthemselves who should govern them and how. The U.S. action in Vietnam deniedthe Vietnamese the right of self-determination.

Selling Out: To sacrifice one's counter-culture ideals for acceptanceby society or material gain.

Shag: To screw, have sex. (England)

Shake: Loose leafy (sometimes seedy) marijuana left at the bottomof the bag after the buds have been removed.

Shit: Dope of one kind or another. Could be called "good shit"or "bad shit", both meaning it's good.

Shotgun: To reverse the joint in ones mouth and blow the smokeinto the mouth of another.

Sierra Club: Founded in 1892 by conservationists including JohnMuir, the Sierra Club tries to influence public environmental policy throughlegislation and lobbying rather than activism.

Silent Majority: President Richard Nixon used this term to describethe majority of Americans who he felt supported the government's policiesin Vietnam but weren't as vocal as the minority of protesters.

Sipsi or Sebsi: A long narrow pipe with a small bowl, made fromwood or metal. Used to smoke kif or hashish in Morocco.

Smashing!: From England, something really cool!

Smoking Stone: A ceramic styled small stone with an opening atboth ends to cool the heat off the weed before inhaling.

Smoothie: A delicious drink, popularized by hippies, usuallymade with yogurt, fresh fruit, fruit juice, ice cream or milk. Popularadditions are bee pollen, protein powder, nutritional yeast, dates, nuts,you name it!

Skunk: Descriptive term for very strong smelling marijuana. Alsoa popular hybrid variety of marijuana.

Sock it to me!: A recurring segment on Laugh-In, a popular sixtiescomedy show. Richard Nixon appeared on the show turning it into a question,Sock it to me? And we did!

Soul on Ice: Book written by Eldridge Cleaver, ministerof information for the Black Panthers, during his imprisonment, baringhis soul.

Soybeans: One of the best sources of nutrition on the planet.Soy can be made into so many products, and is healthy for the planet becauseit puts nitrogen into the earth. Soybeans are made into tofu, tempeh, soymilk(great for dairy allergies), TVP (texturized vegetable protein - used inplace of meat), soy sauce, miso, printer's ink (biodegradable!), ice "cream",soy oil (the most common type of oil!) even animal feed. The only plantthat might have more uses than the soybean is marijuana - believe it ornot (higher protein, better oil, great fiber, excellent medicine, etc.)!

Space Cadet: Someone really spaced out on a regular basis.

Spaced Out: Not all here, possibly stoned. Also Spacey.

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Split: To leave the scene. "I gotta split now, or my ol' lady'sgonna be pissed."

Sproul Plaza: Rallying point on the UC Berkeley campus wherestudents gathered to hear music and speeches during the student uprisingsof the '60s. In May 1969, Gov. Ronald Reagan ordered the gassing (by helicopter!)and disbursement of students at the plaza, wounding 60 people and settingoff 17 days of street fighting where 130 were shot and wounded. Policecordoned off the plaza prior to the gassing, trapping all the studentsand causing panic. "If it's a blood bath they want, then let it be now."- Ronald Reagan.

Square: Someone who follows all the rules or is part of the establishment.Something uncool.

Stash: Your hidden dope supply. "I'll get my stash and meet youat the Be-In."

Sticks: Small stems from cannabis plant. "That bag was fullasticks, but the smoke was choice!"

Stoked: Totally happy about something.

Stoned: High, from having ingested a drug. Common descriptionof getting high on marijuana. It refers to the mind numbing effects ofa drug.

Stop the War!: The Vietnam War.

Straight: Some one who doesn't do drugs, or isn't into the "scene".A square. Also when you're drug free (see clean).

Strawberry Alarm Clock: No, not a fruity timepiece, but a bandthat recorded one big hit, Incense and Peppermints.

Strobe lights: Used at parties and rock concerts. These brightflashing lights added a groovy psychedelic effect like flash bulbs goingoff in sequence. It would freeze the action for a split second, allowingthe camera in your mind to record the moment.

Summer of Love: The summer of 1967 when thousands of young peopleconverged on San Francisco to experience being free. Highlights of thatsummer included the Monterey Pop Festival which showcased the talents ofJimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Jefferson Airplane and many more. The GratefulDead exploded on the scene and Love-Ins and Be-Ins were excuses for everyoneto get high together.

STP: An extremely long-lasting and potent psychedelic drug. Tripswould last three days, and some would never come back. Fortunately, thisdrug is no longer available.

Strung out: Feeling really bad because you're out of dope orsomething else you really want. The mental stress resulting from a craving.

Student Deferment: Exemption from military service due to highschool or college enrollment. This type of deferment was terminated whenthe draft lottery began. Now students can only get deferments until theend of their current term, or until they graduate high school.

Synchronous/Synchronicity: When two separate events or thoughtsmanifest at the same time with a similar meaning. Carl Jung gave much significanceto such events and the person(s) who recognize the synchronicity.

The System: The catchall phrase for the evil power structurethat oppresses the masses, controls the economics, and creates war. Refersto capitalism.

Tab: A hit of Acid

Tamari: A high quality Japanese soy sauce.

Tantra: Yogic sexual practice that seeks to raise awareness bymoving energy from the lower to higher chakras through the sexual act.

Tapped Out: Out of money. "I'd lend you the dough, but I'm alltapped out."

Tao: "The way". Oriental philosophy taught by Lao Tzu, and adoptedby many hippies. "Go with the flow" is the path of least resistance, indicatingthat you are in synch with the universe.

Teach-In: In the early days of the anti-war movement, collegeprofessors held teach-ins where they explained the situation in Vietnamto students who then got active in the movement. In October, 1965, JerryRubin and the Vietnam Day Committee staged a 24 hour teach-in at U.C. Berkeleyabout the escalating war.

Teeny Boppers: In the 60s, teenagers too young to be hippies,had their own social group. Teeny boppers presented a new market for themedia to conquer. They had their own music like the Partridge Family, TheCowsills, The Jackson 5, and The Monkees. Since big business couldn't sellto the hippies, they targeted their commercialism at this new group. Olderhippies used this term to describe this younger generation.

Tempeh: A cultured soy product from Indonesia. It comes in flatblocks and can be served numerous ways. Somewhat of an acquired taste.

Tetrahydrocannabinol: See THC.

THC: Tetrahydrocannabinol. The active ingredient in marijuanathat gets you high. One of several cannabinoids found in marijuana. Thepercentage of THC in marijuana or hashish usually determines how strongit is.

Thing: Catch phrase for your obsession or something you enjoy."Liberating the mind through LSD is Leary's thing."

Threads: Clothes.

Ticked Off: Also Teed-Off, Ticked. Pissed-off, upset, angry.

Tie Dye: Colorful abstract artwork usually done on clothing bydying fabric by tying it together.

Together: All right. O.K. Once you sort out your problems, you'retogether. "Get it together, man!"

Toke: A "hit" of marijuana. To smoke marijuana.

Tolerance: What results from prolonged recent use of drugs requiringone to use more to get the same effect. "I've built up a tolerance to LSD,now I have to take at least 500 mikes to get off." Also something we allneed more of, and less intolerance!

Totaled: Completely destroyed. "Bummer! I totaled my car, andI got no insurance!"

Trails: The visual effect usually seen while on a trip when somethingmoves through your field a vision. It seems like multiple images of themoving object as it passes by.

Travel Agent: Euphemism for an aciddealer.

Traveler: A person who takes psychedelic drugs.

Tricky Dick: Nickname for Richard Nixon. He certainly earnedit after his dirty tricks in the Watergate scandal.

Trip: A profound experience. What you experience on LSD or otherhallucinogen. A dose of LSD. Can also mean an unusual experience, "Thatwas a trip!" or when someone tries to blow your mind "He's laying a tripon you."

Trip Out: To get spaced out. To get really stoned. To tripon LSD or other hallucinogen.

Tripping: What you do on acid. "I'm tripping my brains out"

Trippy: Something unusual or psychedelic.

Trips Festival: Stewart Brand produced this LSD party in SanFrancisco in January, 1966. It was a three day festival of music at Longshoreman'sHall with dancing and a light show that would simulate "an LSD experiencewithout LSD". Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters showed up as this wasthe most public of the acid tests. The success of this event inspired BillGraham to start holding these parties on a regular basis at the FillmoreAuditorium.

"Tune In, Turn On, Drop Out" - Timothy Leary's famous quote encouragingyoung people to discover their true nature through LSD and drop out ofsociety's program.

Turn On: Something that excites you. Also to get high.

Underground: Something anti-establishment, working undercoveror hidden. Term applied to newspapers and comic books or other media thatwas directed towards freaks. These were often small publications that coveredthe hippy scene including radical politics, sex, drugs and rock and roll.Berkeley Barb, Zap Comix, East Village Other. Also people hiding from thegovernment went "underground".

Uptight: Stressed out, tense. "Hey don't get so uptight, it'sno big deal!"

Unreal: Something unbelievable.

Vaporizer: Method of smoking cannabis by heating it until theTHC vaporizes, without actually burning the marijuana. Most vaporizersconsist of a heating element, a glass dome, and a hose to smoke from.

Velvet Underground: Lou Reed's dark pre-gothic urban band includedJohn Cale and Nico. They explored the underbelly of rock (as opposed tothe flower-power movement) with haunting drug songs like "Heroin", andsadomasochism "Venus in Furs".

Vibes: Short for vibrations. Used to describe the overall feelingor mood of a place, person or thing. "I kept puttin' out good vibes, butI still can't get a ride!"

Vietnam War: The catalyst for the Peace Movement in America.The compulsory draft took students to the killing fields of Southeast Asiawho then returned to the U.S. in body bags by the tens of thousands. Theinsensitive administrations refused to listen to protests and refused toprovide a satisfactory explanation for the war. This prolonged the warand eventually the U.S. pulled out leaving their Vietnamese allies to fendfor themselves. Make no mistake, the U.S. lost this war, but the governmentand people are now much more aware of the implications of foreign militaryinvolvement and the repercussions of sending young men to their death.

Vision: A dreamlike inspirational experience or scenario viewedin one's mind. Sometimes happens under the influence of psychedelic drugs."I had a vision of you flying over the desert."

Visuals: The hallucinations or visual distortions experiencedon a psychedelic trip.

Wasted: Very stoned to the point where you can't even move. "Wegot so wasted on those buds we missed the Dead concert!"

Watergate - The scandal that brought down Nixon. Nixon authorizedthe burglary of the offices of the Democratic Election Committee at theWatergate complex in Washington. A series of blunders, cover-ups and taperecordings all led to Nixon. He finally resigned before his term was over.

Way Out: Something so far out there, it's almost unbelievable.

What's Happenin'?: What's going on? A greeting. "Hey man, what'shappenin'?

Weathermen: An extremely radical group that split off from theSDS. Responsible for several bombings including banks. Their enemy wasthe establishment, big business and the government. A bomb destroyed theirhideout in Greenwich Village, killing several members. The others ran awayand hid for decades.

Weather Underground: Less sexist term the Weathermen used todescribe themselves.

Weed: Marijuana.

Where it's at!: The place with the happening "scene". "Hey, babe,you're where it's at!"

White Lightning: Last of the finest Acid available.

White Panther Party: Founded by John Sinclair from Ann Arboras a white middle class hippie movement to support the Black Panthers.

Wilderness Society: Founded in 1935, the Wilderness Society hasbeen working to protect forests and endangered plant and wildlife species,conserve biodiversity, and restore ecosystems throughout the world.

Whole Earth Catalog: Huge catalog for hippies founded, editedand published by Stewart Brand. Contained information, products, businesslistings, illustrations. Focused on ecology, living off the land, do-it-yourself,alternative everything. A lot of ideas and contacts done with spirit.

Wicked: Something very good or very effective.

Window Pane: A potent form of pure LSD in a tiny clear squareof gelatin that melts in your mouth!

Wiped Out: Totally wasted on drugs. Exhausted.

Wired: Over stimulated by drugs, like amphetamines or caffeineusually resulting in a hypersensitive, extremely alert state of mind.

Women's Liberation Movement: This movement united women seekinglegalized abortion, subsidized childcare, equal pay for equal work, anend to job discrimination, an end to the war in Vietnam, an end to sexism,Lesbian rights, in general an end to the male dominated society. Leadersin the movement were writers Gloria Steinem (who founded Ms. magazine),Betty Friedan, Kate Millet, and Anne Koedt.

Woodstock Music Festival: A three-day outdoor event in Bethel,NY in 1969 that marked the peak of the flower power/hippie movement. Anunprecedented half a million people gathered on Yasgur's Farm to hear thelikes of Richie Havens, Ravi Shankar, The Who, Crosby, Still and Nash (intheir second public performance), Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and many more.The festival was a paean of cooperation, harmony and peace. There was noviolence, but lots of marijuana and LSD.

Wow!: An exclamation of excitement. "Wow! Did you see what Jimidid with his guitar?"

Yippies: Group founded by Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin and othersin 1968, the Youth International Party for pranksters and activists. Theyhelped organize the protests at the Democratic Convention in Chicago in1968, which turned into a police riot. The Yippies got arrested and itbecame the trial of the Chicago 7. The conspiracy charges were dismissed,but some were convicted of lesser offenses.

Yin-Yang: In Taoist philosophy, Yin represents the passive, femaleprinciple and Yang the active, male principle, each balancing the other.

Yo Yo: A weekend hippie.

Yoga: Union. 3000 year old Hindu discipline that unites the mindand body, usually through a series of exercises that raise awareness, thusallowing spiritual insight and tranquility. Many different kinds includingHatha (postures), Kundalini (breath), Bhakti (devotion), and Ashtanga (combination).

Z: An ounce of marijuana (28 grams).

Zero-Zero: Very high quality Moroccan hashish.

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Zippies: The Zippies were founded by Abbie Hoffman in early '72as a revolutionary street army of Hippie Anarchist for the Miami Anti-NixonRepublican Convention. Abbie stated when asked about the name change fromYippies to Zippies he stated, "We have gone from A to Z!" Also a new termfor Hippies with computers and ravers. Not to be confused with Zippy thePinhead, a popular underground comic.

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A hippie, also spelled hippy, especially in British English, is someone associated with the counterculture of the 1960s, originally a youth movement that began in the United States during the mid-1960s and spread to different countries around the world.

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Although not as visible as it once was, hippie culture has never died out completely: hippies and neo-hippies can still be found on college campuses, on communes and at festivals; while many still embrace the hippie values of peace, love and community.

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