What are some examples of negative Hippie era language?What are some examples of negative Hippie era language?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I had fun looking this up! Here are my favorites: All show and no go (refers to cars with only cosmetic advantages) Birth control seats (bucket seats in a car) Bogart (a hog, as in a person that hogs something) To bug (annoy, is where the term originated!) Chrome dome (bald head) Dip Stick (idiot) Here's the list: http://cougartown.com/slang.html
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"Tune in, turn on and drop out" was a phrase popularized by Timothy Leary as he advocated the use of LSD as a way for people to open their minds. "Don't trust anyone over 30" was another common phrase at the time, showing the generation gap between the Baby Boomers and their parents. Society in the traditional sense was not to be trusted, was the message.
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People or things that were perceived as negatives were often referred to as "bummers."  For instance, if someone went somewhere such as a party and the person did not enjoy himself, he would describe that party as a "bummer." 

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lrwilliams | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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The hippie era left us with lots of new jargon and language, some with negative connotation and some not. Some of these words came from the music of the era, others just appeared as if from nowhere.

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Another word that was used to express negative feelings was "drag."  If a person was a "drag" it meant that they were not pleasant to be around and were not "cool."  You could also call a person like that a "dip" or a "dip stick."

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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If we are looking for Hippie style language that was used to express negativity, we might go to what the movement disliked.  The notion of "being a square" reflected the desire to break through the conformity that was perceived as such a large part of society.  Being "straight" was perceived as a negative because doing so took away from the basic elements of freedom and expression.  When Frank Zappa encouraged hippies to dress in a more "earthy" and unique manner, he admonished his audience for "wearing a uniform," meant to indicate that what conventional social expectations are for fashion help to conform and reduce individuality. Individuals who embraced the social order and the perceived conformity with it were "out of touch."  To these ends, members of the military were called "baby killers," to bring about the negative perception of the military and the war in Vietnam.  For those who brought about negative energy, they possessed "bad vibes."  Finally, the "narc" was the derogatory term applied to anyone who might be seen as an informant of the police or to a square in the presence of other hippies.

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