NEW YORK (AIP) – Robert Pearlman, 87, the last man to use the word “groovy” in a cogent sentence passed away Thursday at his home on Long Island.
“He will be missed,” said Marty Kowalski, lead lexicographer for the Merriam-Webster Dictionay company. “With his passing our company will move the word ‘groovy’ into archaic status and remove it from all but our most compreshensive dictonary. We had only kept it in this long knowing that Pearlman was still alive and might inadvertantly use the word once more.”
Legend has it that sometime in the spring of 1979 Pearlman was asked how his day was going by the waiter at Max’s Deli on the east side where he stopped to get coffee on his way to work.
“I’m feeling groovy,” Pearlman famously responded.
Officials with the United Nations Office of Phraseology have certified that “Groovy” has not be used in spoken language on any of the seven continents since that day.
“Groovy” was a popular slang colloquialism for “feeling good” during the 1960, but has fallen into disuse and become discredited as a valid expression of happiness.