Dr. Michael Aldrich provided this lingo list from a copy of Marijuana Girl by the scholarly “N.R. de Mexico.” Maybe all the A-words took the train to Harlem.
ball— To have a good time, to enjoy; as “to have a ball.”
beat— out of supply (of money or drugs).
beat for— lacking
beat loot— poor pay, small money
best, the— very nice, pleasant
big deal— the main transaction or thing; also, a large purchase of drugs or marijuana.
blow— to play an instrument (any instrument)
bug— to make crazy, to drive insane.
bugged— emotionally disturbed.
cap— capsule (of heroin)
carry a monkey— to be addicted; to require a heavy dosage of a narcotic.
cat— person, particularly a person who knows music or frequents musical circles.
charge— marijuana (in general), also, a single shot of heroin.
charged— high on marijuana or narcotics
chick— girl; woman
clean— with no supply (of marijuana or narcotics)
cold turkey— to be abruptly deprived of drugs; as “a cold turkey cure.”
connection— a person with a source of supply (of drugs).
contact— a source of supply (of drugs).
cool— relaxed, happy, safe, comfortable, good, pleasant.
cure— usually, gradual or progressive deprivation of a narcotic.
cut on out— leave, depart.
cut out— to leave.
deck— a measured quantity of narcotic.
dig— to understand, see, follow (as a conversation), like, enjoy; also, attitude; also, line of business.
drag— a discomfort; an unpleasantness; to make uncomfortable; to be an unpleasant person.
drug cat— an unpleasant person
end, the— wonderful! terrific!
fall in— fit in with the group.
fall out— to leave.
five, give me— shake hands
fix-man— a narcotics pusher.
fix— a supply of narcotics.
flip— to lose emotional control; a disturbed person
flipped— emotionally disturbed; more rarely, insane
flip your wig— go crazy.
get off— to quit the use of drugs.
get on— to get high
get straight— secure a supply of marijuana, narcotics or money.
gold in front— payment in advance.
gone— powerful, as “This is real gone gauge.” Also, happy.
goofball— narcotic pill; also, an unbalanced person.
goof off— blunder.
great— nice; okay.
greatest— very nice; pretty good.
groove—to enjoy oneself; also, solid, legitimate, as “He’s in the groove.” Also, spirit, mood, or style, as “that Dixieland groove.”
habit— addiction; also, degree of addiction, as “a three-cap habit, a five-cap habit,” etc.
hard stuff— any of the narcotic drugs, as distinguished from marijuana.
hassle— fight, argument.
have eyes— to want, desire, as “I got eyes for that chick.” Also, to be in love with.
high on lush— intoxicated on liquor.
hip— in the know.
hook— in a narcotics addict, the physiological requirement which compels him to return again and again to the drug.
hot— passionate, as to “play (music) hot”; compare Italian classical music terminology, con fuoco, i.e. with fire.
hung up— in a state of depression; unable to function.
in the groove— exactly right (from the fitting of a needle into a phonograph record track).
in there— participating; meeting social or musical demands.
jam— to improvise. See: session
jive— music, marijuana, etc. etc
john— client of a hustler.
joy pop— injection of heroin beneath skin (rather than into vein).
junky— heroin addict.
kick— the emotional state accompanying being high; any strongly pleasurable emotional state.
kick a habit— to break a habit; specifically, the drug habit.
lay on— to give some of, as “I’m going to lay a stick on you.”
light up— to get high.
lift— sensation of being high.
mainline— injection of heroin into a vein.
make it— to achieve a goal; to get along in a given situation
Mexican grass— imported marijuana.
narcotics rap— jail sentence for possession of narcotics.
O— an ounce of marijuana.
ofey— Negro word for unliked white people.
on— high; also, addicted.
O-Z— an ounce of marijuana.
pad— home or apartment.
pusher— drug or marijuana seller
put down— to reject or refuse.
riff— solo musical passage, often improvised.
set— group of musical numbers played by orchestra between rests.
sent— made happy.
session— a group gathering of musicians to play, particularly to improvise.
sharp— fashionable in a flashy manner; also, shrewd, clever
shoot— inject (heroin) with a hypodermic needle.
skin-pop— same as joy-pop; also, accidentally missing vein while injecting heroin.
sniff— to take heroin by inhalation.
square— bourgeois, conventional, provincial, stupid, ill-informed, not hip.
stash— concealed supply of drugs; to conceal.
stick— marijuana cigarette.
stick deal— sale of pre-manufactured marijuana cigarettes, as distinguished from sale of marijuana in bulk.
straight— supplied; stocked up.
stuff— marijuana, heroin, cocaine.
through the ceiling— very high.
turn off— to become sober; to come down from a “high.”
turn on— to smoke marijuana; to take narcotics.
uncool— dangerous, unpleasant, uncomfortable, unsatisfactory.
white stuff— heroin; cocaine.