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Cruisin': Old Car Slang and More
In June 5 Issue
Russell County News
By Ron Cowell, Columnist

Are you old enough to remember back when you were young some of the slang and terms we used when it came to our cars and other stuff? Some of those words and expressions are still used today by our kids and Grandkids. Most of these come to mind from when I was a boy. See how many you remember or still use..

All Show and No Go -- A really good looking car but no power.

That’s really Bad ------- Awesome, fast

Lets Beat Feet ----------- Lets get out of here in a hurry

Birth Control Seats ---- Bucket seats in your car.

That Car is Boss -------- Really Cool or pristine.

Brody or Brody Out – To skid in a half circle with the brakes locked up.

Burn Rubber ------------ Squeal out, spin the tires.

Cherry ---- What you thought on a car in perfect condition.

Chicken ----- When two cars headed toward each other head on. The first one to pull away was a coward.

 One that I always thought was fun and done it many times when we were kids was The Chinese Fire Drill… Do you remember that? When you pulled up to a red light and stopped everyone in the car got out, ran around the car once and back in the car before the light changed green again.. Now that was real fun?

Cool – If it was cool it was really nice.

Cotties—That’s what girls had back then,, It was an unkind remark.

Cruisin’ – That’s when we drove up and down the strip looking for members of the opposite sex.

Let’s Cut out…. That’s what you did when you left someplace.

Dig It! – Just meant do you understand?

Don’t Flip You Wig.---- Calm down don’t get upset. Another slang term meaning the same thing would be to Chill Out. There were several terms that meant this… Like Don’t have a Cow, or Don’t Sweat it.

Fag --- No not what you’re thinking, back then that just meant a cigarette.

Every group of people had a Fink . That was the person who would tell everything that went on,, Known as a Tattletale.

Something I don’t think young people do any more is Go Steady. The girl takes the guys ring and wraps it in angora or several coats of nail polish to make it fit her and they date no one else. The big step before getting engaged. In reality it meant nothing because most guys were going steady with two or three girls at the same time.

A lot of our car parts were bought from the Midnight Auto Supply. I think every town had one. That simply meant the part stolen off another car.

Do you remember taking you date to the Passion Pit? Or better known as the drive in movie.

Riding Shotgun in the car meant you were riding in the passenger seat in the front next to the window of the car.

Someone who had Cool Pipes just meant they had a good sounding exhaust system.

Every town had its’ back road used for the local drag strip. When you were there you were always looking out for the Fuzz. Yep,, the fuzz was the police.

Do you remember taking your date to the Submarine Races?

That was your favorite parking spot.

All the girls wore there Pedal Pushers. Today they call them Capris, They got the name pedal pushers because back then when you rode a bike the cuff of your pant many times got caught in the chain on the bike. So the girls wore pants that came to the middle of the calf and they called them pedal pushers for that reason.. The guys had the same thing only they were called Beach Combers for the guys.

It seems every week I have people telling me how much fun it is to read the “Cruisin” article and remember back when. I hope some of these slang expressions brought you a memory and a smile.

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