Ben Bernanke's Hippie Roots
It turns out that the man whose very choice of words directly influences the fate of our economy long ago had a different sort of way with words. At his South Carolina high school Ben Bernanke authored a hippie dictionary; Bloomberg lists some of its content:
Bird - a lady as in "cute chick" or "henpecked"
Dig - to like, to enjoy, as "The hippie undertaker digs his work.''
Down trip - a drag
Drag - a down trip
Hang-up - a neurosis or fetish
In gear - the cat's pajamas
Lie-In - a form of peaceful protest that often fails when demonstrators go to sleep
Square - someone who stays home New Year's Eve to hear Guy Lombardo play "Auld Lang Syne''
Straight - as in "stiff'' (see "dig'')
Swing - what someone does who thinks Guy Lombardo is a football coach (see square)
Trip - a rocket flight without the rocket