26 Beatnik Slang Phrases We All Should Start Using

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Plenty of phrases from the first self-described hipster generation have lasted into modern conversation: people still get bent out of shape, annoying people bug us and muscular guys are still built, just to scan the b-words. Here are 26 words and phrases that don’t get much use today, but are worth sneaking into conversation.

1. A shape in a drape
A well-dressed person. “Usually she just wears jeans, but she sure is a shape in a drape in that dress.”

2. Bright disease
To know too much. “He has bright disease. Make sure he doesn’t rat us out.”

3. Claws sharp
Being well-informed on a number of subjects. “Reading Mental Floss keeps your claws sharp.”

4. Dixie fried
Drunk. “It’s Friday and the eagle flies tonight. Let’s go get dixie fried.”

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