We Should Start Using These Slang Phrases From 1920
Blue Serge: a real sweetheart.
Frolic Pad: a dance club or nightclub (Note: If it’s a really swanky place with rich patrons, that’s called a “clip joint”).
Here are some more:
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 woman or an attractive girl. (Note: “Vamp” on its own refers to a flirt.)
5. “Banana oil!”: “That’s doubtful!”
6. Bangtail: a race horse.
7. Barneymugging: sexual intercourse.
8. Beat Session: a gossip session between two males, consisting of idle chatter.
9. Bindle Punk: a nomad or someone prone to wandering, like laborers, lumberjacks, construction workers or Jack Kerouac types.
10. Blind Pig: a speakeasy or other establishment where illicit alcohol was served.
Pretty keen, eh?
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