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  • TRUE STORIES: Slinging some slang

  • My brother John called from Santa Fe Saturday to say that he’d gotten hacked, which most reading this will recognize as a term for breaking into a computer network.



    It got me thinking about the slang word “hacked” and how it wasn’t that long ago I would have thought my brother had called to say he’d gotten really mad about something — really hacked off!

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  • My brother John called from Santa Fe Saturday to say that he’d gotten hacked, which most reading this will recognize as a term for breaking into a computer network.
    It got me thinking about the slang word “hacked” and how it wasn’t that long ago I would have thought my brother had called to say he’d gotten really mad about something — really hacked off!
     “You oughta see someone about that hack” and “He’s really got a smoker’s hack” are ways it was used growing up to refer to a persistent cough.
     “I just can’t hack this anymore!” is a reference still used to not being able to cope.
     Then there’s the “I’ll take a hack at it” as a way to say you’ll attempt something you’ve never done before. Overall mediocre performance gets, “There’s mostly hacks working there” and persistent but unskilled golfers are known as hackers.
     Which is not to be confused with taxicab drivers that are known in some circles as hacks or hackies.
    After all that hacking around, the word starts to get hackneyed ... but it did get me thinking that it would be fun to take a look at slang from the 1950s and 1960s in the form of a conversation, so here goes:
     “Hey man didn’t I see your chariot at the passion pit Friday night?”
     “Yeah, saw yours too. What’s the word from the bird about your date with Peggy Sue? Did you make out?
    Are you writing a book? None of your business. We were there for the flick. Ask again and I’ll give you a knuckle sandwich.”
     “Don’t have a cow man. Thought you’d be on Cloud 9. You’re acting like a Big Daddy.”
     “Never mind. Hey, didn’t I see you lay a patch over by the football field Saturday?”
    “Yeah, I had my peepers on - scoping out the high school paper shakers practicing. Their new sponsor got all frosted and called my dad.”
    “That new teacher’s a real dolly just out of college. I tried to hit on her at the game last week.”
     “Forget it. She’s circled – to a duck butt no less.”
     “Kookie. No wonder she told me to flake off. Hey, let’s cruise past her house and shoot the moon.”
    Page 2 of 2 - “Cool. Then we’ll drag the gut and do a Chinese Fire Drill.
    “Okay. But don’t forget, we hang loose until we see there’s no fuzz before we do the drill … then we’ll go scarf some munchies.”
     “Yeah, it would be a bummer to get caught. My old man would flip his wig.”
     “Mine would go ape…like he did when I got caught sneaking in the drive in – a real bad scene. He ate the grapes off the wallpaper. So let’s be groovy and keep tooling until the time is right.”
    “Hey what say we cruise by and ask Ronnie to go. He’s hip.”
    “Yeah, I dig him … but sometimes he turns whiz kid and starts talking about heavy stuff … I feel like I’m getting a chalk talk and have a hard time gettin’ him to change the channel before he becomes a hub cap.”
    “Okay, if he goes flap jaw and starts being a downer, I’ll cool his chops. What about girls?”
     “Hang loose, man. We’ll go by the Drive –In  and check out the scene. I cast an eyeball at some chicks who weren’t jacketed there a couple of nights ago. We’ll find some to lay some apple butter on.”
     “Yeah, I wouldn’t mind playing a little back seat bingo tonight.”
     “Say man, can I bum a burn?”
     “Still smoking other peoples lung darts huh?”
    “Yeah, my man, I’m out of lucifers and out of green ... but I’m no leaner. I’ve got some brews in the trunk, a church key in the box and we’re drivin’ my wheels … so chill.”
     “It’s cool, man. Gimme some skin.”
    “Copasetic. Five on five. Let’s fire up and cut on out.
     “Right on. I’m with you. Let’s skiddoo.”
    J.T. Knoll is a writer, speaker and prevention and wellness coordinator at Pittsburg State University. He also operates Knoll Training & Consulting in Pittsburg. He can be reached at 231-0499 or jtknoll@swbell.net
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