Usually a person of good company. Way to go, Roaring Twenties! So quit lollygagging and get started talking like a 20s gangster. To be tubular or better still, totally tubular is to be remarkable and breathtaking. Take for a Ride - Upchuck - To vomit when one has drunk too much. I ain't saying she is one. Kick the Gong Around: to smoke opium. A Canadian wit claimed that as the Loonie had been such a success, the government was planning to bring out a two-dollar coin to be called a Doubloonie.
Last edited on Dec 27 2004. Would you like to hang out tonight? 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. It just means good job. Person B: It was ace! Giggle water: liquor, alcoholic beverage 24. Runyon's style relied on Broadway slang, outrageous metaphors, and constant use of the present tense. High Pillow: Person at the top, in charge Highbinders: Corrupt politician or functionary Hinky: Suspicious Hitting the pipe: Smoking opium Hitting on all eight: In good shape, going well Hock shop: Pawnshop Hogs: Engines Hombre: Man, fellow Hooch: Liquor Hood: Criminal Hoofer: Dancer. Rock of Ages: a middle-aged woman, usually over 30.
Fakeloo Artist: a con man. Bug-Eyed Betty: used to refer to an undesirable, ugly woman. Mazuma: Dollar bills, cash, money 37. Air Tight: extremely desirable or attractive. The dictionary is accepting any suggestions—no matter how obscure. Last edited on Jan 26 2013.
Last edited on Nov 24 2015. I drink every known alcoholic drink and enjoy them all. Last edited on Nov 19 2012. A tautological name has two parts that are redundant, or synonymous. Face Stretcher: an older lady still trying to look young and usually failing. This is not everything, if you'd like to add a word please do so at the bottom of this page. That movie was aight, but I liked the other one better.
Someone who is no fun, no fun at all. Synonymous: to pull a Daniel Boone is to vomit. Hotsy-totsy: attractive, pleasing to the eye 29. One term for counterfeit money was sourdough. The slang also reflects changing morals and ideas, especially surrounding sexuality.
Other terms referred to the green colour of American bills: cabbage, lettuce, kale, folding green, long green. Sheik - A man with sex appeal from the Valentino movies Soitently- Sure! I aced that history final. Speakeasy - An illicit bar selling bootleg liquor. Ofay: term used by black folks to refer to white people. People who stayed out late were known as owls, a term which has endured to this day. Keen - Attractive or appealing. Bangtail — a race horse.
Person A: How was the gig? Usually done in Philadelphia today. No dictionary of twenties slang would be complete without this one, which means, in simple terms, the best. Language was truly so much more evocative then, wasn't it? Details can be found at the Merriam-Webster site. Hoosegow: Jail Horn: Telephone Hot: Stolen Hotsy-Totsy: Pleasing. Also: Join the Wordplay mailing list! Oliver Twist: an extremely good dancer. Can I have your number? It is also known for having a tautological name. I hear you loud and clear.
Four-flusher: someone who mooches off the money of others in order to feign wealth 22. And you thought a box of wine was bad! Speaker: How is everything with you and Susan?. The south and midwest where fundamentalist views pervail. To know one's beeswax; to know what someone's talking about. You are no longer interested in conversing with them. These days many of those phrases and slang terms have been made popular by movies, cinema, and literature, and some of them have even found their way back into everyday usage. Indian Hop: a code name for reefer.