Ginchy/ginchiest. Once popular words that no one uses anymore

Language is a funny old thing. We take it for granted most of the time, but it’s incredible to think that countless people have come to almost the same understanding of what some randomly ordered letters refer to. It’s even stranger when you start looking at things like slang words, or words that were once on the tip of every tongue that no one even remembers anymore. Some of these words need to be brought back. Others need to be forgotten…



If someone came up to you and told you, «You’re just the ginichiest cat in town,» what would you do? Thank them? Hit them? Actually, that depends on what you think of the person who’s saying it to you because they just called you a very attractive, sexy sort of guy or gal (via

It was a huge compliment in the 1950s, and according to Turner Classic Movies, it was made popular by actor Edd Byrnes. You might not remember him as he sort of fell off the face of the earth after hitting a rocky patch in his career. (Heroin. He hit heroin). He was a lead on 77 Sunset Strip and played a carhop with aspirations of being a detective. Part of his shtick was his slang, including calling the coolest people he knew the «ginchiest.» The term ended up a part of the era’s pop culture, but it didn’t last.

by Debra Kelly

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