China doll - the experience of being a gay Chinese Australian. To hear the following 1920's slang used proficiently, come see the. Lip: Criminal lawyer Looker: Pretty woman Look-out: Outside man Lousy with: To have lots of M Mac: a man Made: Recognized Map: Face Marbles: Pearls Mark: Sucker, victim of swindle or fixed game Maroon: person marked for a con or a gullible person. Some of these terms have been used on products we offer in our. Vinny Testa and his gang were conspiring how to carry out their scheme without being caught.
So, just sit back and enjoy. Someone who is no fun, no fun at all. Both are without doubt wrong. Barf me out: Valley Girl expression used to express disgust. Main Street satirizes life in the American Middle West, criticizing Americans' frivolous purchasing habits and desires to conform. Has anyone heard of this song, are pegs his pants? On many, a cold freezing night, of temperatures hovering near zero, the finocchios tease and try to encourage Tedesco to join in their warm body orgies. Squirt metal: Shoot bullets Step off: To be hanged Stiff: A corpse Sting: Culmination of a con game Stool-pigeon: Informer Stoolie: Stool-pigeon Stuck On: Having a crush on Sucker: Someone ripe for a grifter's scam Sugar: Money Swanky: Ritzy Swell: Wonderful T Tail: Shadow or follow Take a powder: Leave Take on: Eat Take for a Ride: Drive off with someone in order to bump them off Take the air: Leave Take the bounce: To get kicked out Take the fall for: Accept punishment for That's the crop: That's all of it Three-spot: Three-year jail term Throw lead: Shoot bullets Ticket: P.
Lurch ordered some highballs for himself and his date as they settled into some chairs against the wall to talk. He had hired a torpedo named Tony to bump off Alex, the owner of the place, for gyping them out of some bootleg whiskey a few weeks back. You should like Thought Catalog on Facebook. The slang words in this thesaurus category appear below the table of contents. Basically, using slang from a long time ago, you can get away with a whole lot more. They met outside the entrance to the swanky saloon.
Ten Cent Box: a cab. Last edited on Oct 26 1998. Giggle water: Even though Prohibition was vigorously enforced during the decade, alcohol was available. Mazuma: Dollar bills, cash, money 37. Flattie: Flatfoot, cop Flimflam: Swindle Flippers: Hands Flivver: A Ford automobile Flogger: Overcoat Flop: Go to bed or fallen through, not worked out Flophouse: A cheap transient hotel where a lot of men sleep in large rooms Fog: To shoot Frail: Woman Frau: Wife Fry: To be electrocuted Fuzz: police G Gal: Woman Gams: A Woman? Now you just have to practice talking really, really fast so you can say this old slang. Car radios: Listening to music and other programming in one's automobile became possible in 1927. Face Stretcher: an older lady still trying to look young and usually failing.
When one hears the slang of times long gone, it's easy to forget that alcohol was illegal and unsafe, that corruption in government ran rampant, and that minorities and immigrants were more marginalized than ever. Oliver Twist: an extremely good dancer. Lens Louise: the person who steamrolls the conversation. Mind you, most of these words can even make their way into our vocabulary, and still not sound dated. So quit lollygagging and get started talking like a 20s gangster. Despite the delay, the entertainment was ace! Clarence Darrow 1857—1938 : A powerful and eloquent defense lawyer who represented John T. This article is from the archive of our partner.
Jolson plays a young man who gives up his dream of becoming a Broadway singer to replace his father as cantor at a synagogue after his father's death. Based on a novel by Eleanor H. Donna and Lurch, two hopeful romantics, were meeting for a drink at a popular speak-easy downtown. To Slang or Not to Slang? Whether you're planning a party, want to get more out of old gangster movies, or are just up for a laugh, 20s gangster slang will make you the niftiest sheik or Sheba at the speakeasy. Main Street 1921 : 's first major novel. Milne's children's book about Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends became a best-seller in the.
Lip: Criminal lawyer Looker: Pretty woman Look-out: Outside man Lousy with: To have lots of M Mac: a man Made: Recognized Map: Face Marbles: Pearls Mark: Sucker, victim of swindle or fixed game Maroon: person marked for a con or a gullible person. Person B: It was ace! 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? Cast a Kitten: to throw a temper tantrum. What We Read: The Man of the Forest: Started as a serial in Country Gentleman magazine in 1917, 's Western became a best-seller in 1920. Is there a better way to say legs, even if one is being objectifying? The Age of Innocence 1920 : Edith Wharton's novel about society provides readers with an insider's view of the confines of that group's strict social rules. Hope Chest: your trusty pack of cigarettes.
Burning with a Blue Flame: drunk. Maybe also a fire extinguisher. Black Oxen 1923 : Gertrude Atherton's novel about female sexuality. You'll ace your test, I'm sure. Five finger discount: To steal something.
And of course, slang can quickly become really uncool, especially if your old man used to it. Blind Pig: a speakeasy or other establishment where illicit alcohol was served. Dead Soldier: an empty container of alcohol. Off-Time Jive: To be inappropriate, impolite; to have bad manners. Bug-Eyed Betty: used to refer to an undesirable, ugly woman. 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. Hull's romantic novel about a sheik who abducts and later falls in love with an English girl.