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59 More Slang Phrases from the 1920s We Should Start Using Again

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The Roaring Twenties might have contained the best of the best slang ever—aside from all the racist, prohibitive, misogynist, and sexist content, of course. However, you really have to dive right into it and soak it up before you can genuinely appreciate it—so take the plunge below!

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ky_olsen

#1: Absent treatment; dancing with a shy, inexperienced, or generally awkward partner.

#2: Air tight; incredibly attractive.

#3: Ameche; a telephone.

#4: Baby vamp; an incredibly popular or attractive young woman.

#5: “Banana oil.”; extremely doubtful.

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Seattle Municipal Archives

#6: Bangtail; a race horse.

#7: Barneymugging; sex.

#8: Beat session; male gossiping.

#9: Bindle punk; wanderers, labourers, or lumberjacks.

#10: Blind pig; a place where illicit alcohol is served.

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derrypubliclibrary

#11: Blue serge; a sweetheart.

#12: Bluenose; a prude.

#13: Bronx cheer; the “sound” of disapproval.

#14: Bug-eyed Betty; an unattractive woman.

#15: Bunny; someone who is delightfully lost.

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Infrogmation

#16: Burning with blue flame; drunk.

#17: “Cash or cheque?”; Kiss me now—or later?

#18: Cast a kitten; throw a tantrum.

#19: Cellar smeller; a beer-moocher.

#20: Coffin varnish; moonshine.

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ky_olsen

#21: Creep joint: a brothel.

#22: Dead hoofer; a bad dancer.

#23: Dead soldier; an empty alcohol container.

#24: Declaration of independence; divorce.

#25: “Di Mi.”; Holy cow!

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Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, Texas A&M

#26: Eel’s hips; “The Cat’s Meow.”

#27: Electric cure; electrocution.

#28: Face stretcher; an older woman attempting to appear young.

#29: Fakeloo artist; con man.

#30: Fire extinguisher; a chaperone.

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fotologic

#31: Flat tire; a bad date.

#32: Forty-niner; male gold-digger.

#33: Frolic pad; a dance club.

#34: Ground grippers; shoes.

#35: Hen coop; beauty salon.

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hartman045

#36: Hit on all sixes; give 100%.

#37: Hope chest; cigarette pack.

#38: Indian hop; reefer.

#39: Insured; engaged.

#40: “Ish Kabibble.”; Who cares?

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#41: Jack; money.

#42: Johnson brother; criminal.

#43: Kick the gong around; smoking opium.

#44: Knee-duster; skirt.

#45: Lalapazaza; good sport.

#46: Lens Louise; conversation steamroller.

#47: Meat wagon; ambulance.

#48: Middle aisle; getting married.

#49: Mustard plaster; an unwanted guest.

#50: “Nerts.”; Awesome!

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#51: Ofay; white folks.

#52: Off-time jive; inappropriate.

#53: Quiff; a female who is sexually active.

#54: Rock of ages; middle-aged women.

#55: Screaming Meemies; the shakes.

#56: Streeted; getting kicked out of a party.

#57: Ten cent box; a taxi.

#58: Togged to the bricks; all dressed up.

#59: Torpedo; a hit-man.

 

 

 

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