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? Unfortunately we accidentally interrupted a Beat Session and got chatted up by a shameless Forty-Niner and his friend, who was blatantly a Cellar Smeller.
Went on to a wicked Frolic Pad but got Streeted for Casting a Kitten and Burning with the Blue Flame, was picked up by a Meat Wagon, and woke up the next day with a serious case of the Screaming Meenies.
1920’s language that we should ALL be bringing back.
I learned a couple things from the response to my article on slang phrases from the 1920s. Number first: The Roaring Twenties really did have the coolest vernacular ever. However, I also found out that the internet loves the 1920s as much as I do — except for the overt racism, ban on alcohol and regressive gender politics, of course.
In terms of vocab, the 20s got all of us beat. For all you 20s junkies, here are 59 more great slang phrases from the decade that keeps on giving. Let’s bring this shit back.
1. Absent Treatment: dancing with a shy person, inexperienced dancer or awkward partner.
2. Air Tight: extremely desirable or attractive. (Note: A “sheik” is an attractive male.)
3. Ameche: a phone. (Also use for telephone: “blower.”)
4. Baby Vamp: a very popular young…
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