45 years ago I had them but I had forgotten about the whole things.The social networking apps that are really fronts for dating apps are a poor substitute for PPW.
This is the resource for those interested in slang from any decade of the 20th century. beef: a complaint or to complain beeswax: business; student bell bottom: a sailor belt: a drink of liquor bent: drunk berries: (1) perfect (2) money big cheese: important person big six: a strong man; from auto advertising, for the new and powerful six cylinder engines bimbo: a tough guy bird: general term for a man or woman, sometimes meaning "odd," i.e. "Don't futz around." gay: happy or lively; no connection to homosexuality; see "fag" Get Hot! : encouragement for a hot dancer doing his or her thing get-up (1930): an outfit get a wiggle on: get a move on, get going get in a lather: get worked up, angry angster Dion O’Bannion was called Gimpy due to his noticeable limp gin mill: a seller of hard liquor; a cheap speakeasy glad rags: "going out on the town" clothes go chase yourself: get lost, scram.
The reader will find more Jazz Age slang, along with literally hundreds of other words and selected etymologies. "What a funny old bird." blind: drunk blotto (1930 at the latest): drunk, especially to an extreme blow: (1) a crazy party (2) to leave bohunk: a derogatory name for an Eastern European immigrant; out of use by 1930, except in certain anti-immigrant circles, like the KKK bootleg: illeagal liquor breezer (1925): a convertable car brown: whiskey brown plaid: Scotch whiskey bubs: breasts bug-eyed Betty (1927): an unattractive girl; student bull: (1) a policeman or law-enforcement official, including FBI. gold-digger (1925): a woman who pursues men for their money goods, the: (1) the right material, or a person who has it (2) the facts, the truth, i.e.
These are the most common words and phrases of the time, many of which you may be surprised to note are still very much in use today!
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. baby: sweetheart; also denotes something of high value or respect baby grand: heavily built man baby vamp: an attractive or popular female; student balled up: confused, messed up baloney: nonsense Bank's closed.: no kissing or making out ie.
": "I personally disapprove." "Now you're on the trolley! ".ofay: a commonly used Black expression for Whites off one's nuts: crazy "Oh yeah! " old boy: a male term of address, used in conversation with other males as a way to denote acceptance in a social environment; also: "old man" or "old fruit" Oliver Twist: a skilled dancer on a toot: a drinking binge on the lam: fleeing from police on the level: legitimate, honest on the up and up: on the level orchid: an expensive item palooka: (1) a below-average or average boxer (2) a social outsider; from the comic strip character Joe Palooka, who came from humble ethnic roots panic: to produce a big reaction from one's audience panther piss/sweat (1925): homemade whiskey pen yen: opium percolate: (1) to boil over (2) as of 1925, to run smoothly; "perk" pet: like necking (see above), only moreso; making out petting pantry: movie theater petting party: one or more couples making out in a room or auto phonus balonus: nonsense piffle: baloney piker: (1) a cheapskate (2) a coward pill: (1) a teacher (2) an unlikable person (3) cigarette pinch: to arrest pinched: to be arrested pinko: liberal pipe down: stop talking prom-trotter: a student who attends all school social functions pos-i-lute-ly: affirmative, also "pos-i-tive-ly" pull a Daniel Boone: to vomit punch the bag: small talk putting on the ritz: after the Ritz Hotel in Paris (and its namesake Caesar Ritz); doing something in high style; also, "ritzy"rag-a-muffin: a dirty or disheveled individual rain pitchforks: a downpour razz: to make fun of Real Mc Coy: a genuine item regular: normal, typical, average Reuben: an unsophisticated country bumpkin; also, "rube" Rhatz! " sap: a fool, an idiot; very common term in the 20s sawbuck: ten-dollar bill says you: a reaction of disbelief scratch: money screaming meemies: the shakes screw: get lost, get out, etc.; occasionally, in pre 1930 talkies (such as The Broadway Melody) screw is used to tell a character to leave: one film features the line "Go on, go on--screw! " sheba: one's girlfriend sheik: one's boyfriend shine box: a bar or club for black patrons shiv: a knife simolean: a dollar sinker: a doughnut sitting pretty: in a prime position skee: Scotch whiskey skirt: an attractive female smarty: a cute flapper smoke-eater: a smoker smudger: a close dancer snort: a drink of liquor sockdollager: an action having a great impact so's your old man: a reply of irritation spade: yet another derogatory term for an African-American speakeasy: a bar selling illeagal liquor spill: to talk spoon: to neck, or at least talk of love static: (1) empty talk (2) conflicting opinion stilts: legs strike-me-dead: bootleg liquor struggle: modern dance stuck on: in love; student.