Slang from the 1920's
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Slang Words Through the Years
Slang from the 1920's
Instructions: Read the pages in your textbook "Canadian History A Sense of Time" and use 12 of the following 1920's slang words to tell a story about the hardships faced in the early 1920's by soldiers (pages 62,63), job hunters (pages 66,67), farmers, immigrants children (pages 68,69) women (pages 74,75), and aboriginals (pages 76,77), the temperance movement and police (pages 88,89).
- all wet - wrong, mistaken
- apple sauce - nonsense, meaningless flattery, or baloney
- baloney- nonsense
- bees knees - wonderful person
- berries - the best
- big cheese - very important person
- blind pig - illegal drinking spot
- bump off - to murder
- bunk - nonsense
- cat's meow - very sharp
- cheaters - eyeglasses
- coffin varnish - cheap, inferior wisky
- dead soldier - An empty beer or whiskey bottle.
- dogs - human shoes
- drugstore cowboy - A young man who hangs around public places and shows off in an attempt to impress women.
- flat tire - A dull or boring person.
- gangster - A criminal who belongs to a gang.
- gatecrashers - Police raid on speakeasy.
- giggle water - alcohol,booze
- gin mill - an illegal still for making alcohol.
- heebie-jeebies - The jitters.
- high hat - snobbish.
- hooch - whiskey or liquor.
- hoofer - chorus girl.
- jack - money.
- keen - attractive
- kisser - lips
- moonshine - whisky or liquor, usually cheap and low-quality because it is made in illegal stills. may also mean nonsense or baloney.
- upchuck - to throw up
- real McCoy - whisky or liquor that is not watered down--also people who are genuine and can be counted on.
- ritzy - elegant
- scram - leave in a hurry
- speakeasy - illegal drinking spot
- spiffy - fashionable
- splifficated - drunk
- swell - marvellous
- whoopee - a wild time