Would you like to read something that is killer-diller? Or how about something that is hotsy-totsy? I know I always do hehe Those words sound a little odd don't they? Well, that is because it is slang from the 1940's!
Ever wonder how those guys and dames spoke? I think language is a powerful medium and slang takes that medium to the masses.
Here is a brief taste of the words our grandparents may have used over seventy years ago!
- Take a powder – to leave
- Eager beaver – enthusiastic helper
- In cahoots with – conspiring with
- Doll dizzy – girl crazy
- Ducky shincracker - a good dancer
- Above my pay grade – don’t ask me
- Cook with gas – to do something right
- Killer-diller – good stuff
- Stompers – shoes
- Flip your wig – to lose control of yourself
- Pennies from heaven – easy money
- Gas - either a good time or something that was really funny
- Grandstand – to show off
- What’s buzzin’, cousin? – how’s it going?
- Hi-de-ho - hello
- Applesauce – an expletive; same as horsefeathers, As in “Ah applesauce!
- Broad- a woman
- Carry a Torch – to have a crush on someone
- Cat’s Meow – something splendid or stylish; The best or greatest, wonderful
- Dame- a woman
- Gams – a woman’s legs
- Hard Boiled – a tough, strong guy
- Hooch – bootleg liquor
- Hoofer – dancer
- Horsefeathers – an expletive; same usage as applesauce
- Hotsy-Totsy – pleasing
- Jalopy – old car
- Joint – a club, usually selling alcohol
Well, what do you think? It's a gas isn't it? I'd like to study 1940's slang a little more and use it on occasion. Why not? I consider myself a 1940's dame in the making, might as well whoopee (have a good time) with it!
If you are interested in learned more about slang of the 1930's, 1950's, or 1960's let me know! By the way, I did research some 1960's slang and learned that we use a lot of those words still today. And I have always used slang words like "groovy", "cool", and "drag". Words are such fun aren't they???