Grateful Dead

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"Stealie"?

As Dead Heads, we have our own subset of the English language, which often leads to confusion when we use a particular term with those not in the know. Why, I got in a lot of trouble once in my teaching days by calling a kid wearing a Grateful Dead shirt a Dead Head... Where he got the shirt I cannot say, but he'd clearly never heard the term before and was most offended.

So here, more or less at random, we present some common bits of vernacular and iconic entities that are second nature to us and often completely opaque to outsiders. And the question: how would you explain/define them to someone who was well-meaning but, at least for the moment, clueless?

Feel free to add your own terms as well...

Dead Heads
The Other Ones
RatDog
Furthur
JGB
Legion of Mary
New Riders of the Purple Sage
SYF (Steal Your Face)
Bolt
Dancing Bears
Skeleton & Roses
Dancing Skeletons
Tie-Dye

Dick’s Picks
View From The Vault
Road Trips
Bear’s Choice
…From The Vault
Pure Jerry

Rex Foundation
Dead Almanac
David Lemieux

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Nuttin'? "...[Jerry Garcia]

Nuttin'?

"...[Jerry Garcia] picked up an old Britannica World Language Dictionary...[and]...In that silvery elf-voice he said to me, 'Hey, man, how about the Grateful Dead?'"

~Phil Lesh Biography

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Add The Dead!!

They should add some Dead terms to the dictionary. All they have in the Oxford dictionary is Jerry Garcia. Nuttin' else

Ain't nobody messin' with you but you

AND WE ALL LOVE YOU

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There's always confusion

Maybe it all comes from the excessive amount of terms?

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Bobo

a dear, departed uncle....

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A Miracle - a free ticket to

A Miracle - a free ticket to a Dead show that a fellow Head give you just out of peace, love and concern

Gratefaldean I have nearly the exact same experience explaining Furthur.

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Tapers

means neither candles nor people who finish drywall

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well........

you COULD say you're seeing family.......

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Ha ha gratefaldean!

This causes even more confusion -

"I'm driving (from Colorado) to Portland and then down to San Francisco"

"Seeing family or something?"

"Nope just following Furthur"

"Who?"

"Bob Weir and Phil Lesh's new band."

"Who?"

"They were in the Grateful Dead." (Heaven forbid that I bring up the Merry Pranksters and "the bus" at this point).

Always followed by "Why?" (conversation over)....and in a couple of cases "Are you freaking nuts?"

"Lazy lightning you say you never strike the same place. I want a double dose in any case" ... "You got to hear my supplication. Got to hear me now. A little bolt of inspiration"

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yeah...

and then there's always "Jerry who?"

Adding to the confusion of course is the penchant of Heads to call themselves Jerry's Kids, which must have just made Jerry Lewis livid. Boo hoo... No dis to his charity work but he does have a rather overinflated view of himself.

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Furthur

You have no idea (or maybe you do) the struggles I've had with this one lately.

"I'm going to a concert tonight."

"Who are you seeing?"

"Furthur."

"Who?"

"Bob Weir and Phil Lesh's new band."

"Who?"

"They were in the Grateful Dead." (Heaven forbid that I bring up the Merry Pranksters and "the bus" at this point).

Mostly followed by "Oh" (conversation over)....and in a couple of cases, "Why?"

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