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.
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.
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