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...
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