Are you a tomato, a flapper, or a Trotzky? Being a good hoofer, a dancer, was also a valued trait. Fire Extinguisher: the escort or chaperone for a social event. We've included some of these terms and phrases here so that you could brush up on your 1920's slang prior to coming to our show. Mbro88-- Yea, there are many examples of 1920s slang in modern English. Tomato- A young woman shy of brains. Same as it is today. The long-term endurance of many 1920s slang terms may be related to a general glorification of the era.
Flour Lover- Girl who powders too freely. Out on Parole- A person who has been divorced. Given the criminal atmosphere of the 1920s, it should come as no surprise that many 1920s slang terms were related to criminal activity. Can you keep up with them? Wow, I never knew that 1920s slang was so cool. Dumbell- Wall flower with little brains. Can you keep up with them? But then, such was the Jazz Era, and the societal norms bore heavily into the mannerisms and vernacular of the time.
It still means that they were deceiving the person because he or she really thought that they're going for a ride. Hen Coop: a beauty salon. This is definitely from 1920s gangster slang. Pull a Daniel Boone: to upchuck 48. Houdini- To be on time for a date. Finale Hopper- Young man who arrives after everything is paid for.
Ground Grippers: shoes or sneakers. Dead Hoofer: a terrible dancer, someone with two left feet. There is also a magazine called so that informs of their reforms in the society. The A to Z Flapper Slang Guide for all you aspiring bright young things. In a hairy situation, someone might become the , taking the punishment or being framed for a crime.
Petting Party- A party devoted to hugging. I think it's been around for a long time. I've heard it so many times in period movies. Does anyone know where this slang came from or who thought of it first? Way to go, Roaring Twenties! It is probably also due to the fact that the 1920s marked a distinct change in attitudes, especially for young people, and it paved the way for many other things, from the spread of to the women's liberation movement. Billboard- Flashy man or woman. Bindle Punk: a nomad or someone prone to wandering, like laborers, lumberjacks, construction workers or Jack Kerouac types. Burning with a Blue Flame: drunk.
Weed- Flapper who takes risks. Scandaler- A dance floor fullback. Some entries were the exclusive domain of students or rather, those of student age; only a very small percentage of the population attended college or flappers and have been indicated as such with italicized monikers. Hush Money- Allowance from father. The later arrival at cushty is perhaps influenced by the adjective cushy, used to describe an easy job or posting. Since it's generally an expression of group attitudes and clearly groups existed for a long time.
Prelinger Archives Valley Town by Educational Film Institute of New York University and Documentary Film Producers, Inc. Be sure to check it out prior to the show, or after the evening is done! Hayburner: a car with poor gas-mileage, a guzzler 28. Cuddle Cootie- Young man who takes a girl for a ride on a bus, gas wagon, or automobile. Giggle water: liquor, alcoholic beverage 24. In a hairy situation, someone might become the , taking the punishment or being framed for a crime. Bing: Jailhouse talk for solitary confinement Bird: Man Bit: Prison sentence Blip off: To kill Blow: Leave Blow one down: Kill someone Blower: Telephone Bluenose: A prude.
Absent Treatment: dancing with a shy person, inexperienced dancer or awkward partner. Vocal appear in speech before they appear in print. Now you just have to practice talking really, really fast so you can say this old slang. A woman might get dolled up in her glad rags for a late night on the town, meaning that she put some care into her appearance and wore her nicest garments. To neck with a girl.
Many of these terms suggest a sense of fun and mischievousness, both of which ran rampant during the 1920s. Gander- process of dudding up. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Reblogged this on and commented: What day would be complete without being high on Coffin Varnish, Togged to the Bricks in you best Knee-Duster, catching a Ten Cent Box and heading to a Blind Pig with your best Baby Vamp and Hitting on All Sizes while trying to avoid Casting a Kitten and being Streeted? Dead Soldier: an empty container of alcohol. Many new words and figures of speech popped up around new technology like automobiles; fashion; fads; and new people like flappers, bootleggers, and gangsters. Dropping the Pilot- Getting a divorce.
It wasn't so much a code to keep the police in the dark, as many movies and legends would have you believe, but a special code among those who wanted to appear as insiders. Although often used colloquially for a very short interval of time, the first known use of millisecond is rather more precise — from a 1922 Dictionary of Applied Physics. Heeled: Carrying a gun Heeler: A poor dancer High-Hat: To snub. The long-term endurance of many 1920s slang terms may be related to a general glorification of the era. Absent Treatment- Dancing with bashful partner. BuzzFeed Video will entertain, educate, spark conversation, inspire and delight. Looking for more words from history? In 1920s-speak, an establishment might be ritzy, like the hotel chain, meaning that it was extremely nice.