Dig this Beatnik Glossary


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Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/10/28/dig-this-beatnik-glossary.html


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Cool daddy-o.


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I see they left out the dirty words, especially one of my beatnik hero’s favourite exclamations:


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#6

You rang?


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Historically accurate or not, “Swings in Squaresville” is my new alias hereafter…


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Tough toenails? My mom said tough toenails. I suppose she was the right generation to be beatnik but… the revelation!


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My father, who is actually a part of the Beat Generation never talked like this. I call shenanigans.

I’m gonna start calling people Mazdas now, though. Because why not. I don’t hang with those square Datsuns.


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Edit: I suppose that I shouldn’t use that pic without linking to here:


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Yes! The Beats are not the same as Beatniks.

Beatniks were societal poseurs, hence the “nik” in their descriptor.

https://en.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/-nik

The real deal:


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Ah, to live in a time when being called a “dildoe” was only moderately insulting.


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A critical reference, along with a late 1950s TV guide, for doing crossword puzzles.


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I get most of these. But “moss moss” for etc etc?

I don’t get that one.


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Also, at the time, the term ‘beatnik’ was pretty much known as a media caricature that trivialized what was going on.


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Well, “mas” means more in Spanish, so that sorta makes sense.