Top 1920's Slang A to Z
When I wrote Framed at the Fix, our 1920's murder mystery, I poured through pages of slang. The roaring 20's gave us lingo that's the bee's knees. Here are my favorites, with examples.
Oh, applesauce! I dropped my suffragette sash!
B. Bee's knees
That bee is the bee's knees!
C. Cash or check?
kiss now or later?
Hey Coco Chanel, cash or check?
Coco Chanel left without me in a dimbox.
I was afraid my father would Edison me, but then a light bulb went off in my head.
F. Fire extinguisher
That fire extinguisher ruined prom.
G. Get a wiggle on!
get a move on!
Old boy, those dames got a wiggle on!
That hard-boiled detective won't crack under pressure.
I. I have to go see a man about a dog.
I'm about to do something illicit, usually buy whiskey
I have to go see a man about a dog, and then give whiskey to a dog.
J. Juice joint
Frankie's the sweetest juice joint in town!
Kale is worth a lot of kale.
L. Let George do it.
I'm going to let George do it, so I can go with George to Frankie's.
He has a bad meringue.
Nerts! Charlie Chaplin almost fell off of that building!
Old boy, that dame is ossified.
P. Prune pit
My great-grandmother is a prune pit.
a warm drink
I spilled my quilt all over my bed.
R. Real McCoy
the real thing
Old boy, that dame is the Real McCoy.
an illegal bar
Frankie's speakeasy sells the best moonshine.
T. Tell it to Sweeney.
tell it to someone who will believe you
The stock market isn't going to crash, you goof. Go tell it to Sweeney.
Some fellow upchucked in this dimbox.
My great-grandma died last week, so I'm about to get a lot of voot.
That flapper is a windsucker. No way, now how did she kiss Albert Einstein.
Did you hear about Marie Curie's X-ray machines? She's radioactive now!
Y. You slay me!
You voted for Herbert Hoover? You slay me!
Old boy, that dame is zozzled.
Pick your favorites and try them on your friends and family--or come to our 1920's murder mystery and try them on us!