Additions to the Western lexicon
Hippy (1953): originally Hipster (1941) was used but then ‘Hippy’ became the term to use in the 1960s to denote West Coast American youth rejecting conventional society.
Flower Children/Flower People (1967): alternative name for Hippies. see above.
Freak (1967): Someone who freaks out on drugs
Generation Gap (1967): Difference in outlook between older and younger people.
Groupie (1967): a young female fan of rock group.
‘Love In’/‘Be-In’ (1967) : communal acts usually by students.
‘Straight’ (1967): Someone who conforms to conventions of society.
Vibes (1967): instinctive feelings.
Source: John Ayto 20th Century Words (Oxford, 1999).
This year, 2017, will witness the fiftieth anniversary of what subsequently became known as the ‘Summer of Love.’ One of its legacies as can be seen above, was to add to the Western lexicon. Indeed, 1967 was the year in which the counterculture became ‘visible’ in Western society and the underground came up for air. This was to be the year of the ‘hippies,’ or the ‘flower children’ as they were also known. Continue reading