Thursday, April 21, 2011
Welcome to the 20's
Absent Treatment — Dancing with a bashful partner.
Airedale — A homely man.
Alarm Clock — Chaperone.
Anchor — Box of flowers.
Apple Knocker — A hick; a hay-shaker.
Apple Sauce - Flattery; bunk.
Bank’s Closed — No petting allowed; no kisses.
Barneymugging — Lovemaking.
Bee’s Knees — See “Cat’s Pajamas”
Bell Polisher — A young man addicted to lingering in vestibules at 1 a.m.
Bean Picker — One who patches up trouble and picks up spilled beans.
Berry Patch — A man’s particular interest in a girl.
Berries — Great.
Biscuit — A pettable flapper.
Big Timer — (n. masc.) — A charmer able to convince his sweetie that a jollier thing would be to get a snack in an armchair lunchroom; a romantic.
Billboard — Flashy man or woman.
Blushing Violet — A publicity hound.
Blow — Wild party.
Blaah — No good.
Boob Tickler — Girl who entertains father’s out-of-town customers.
Brush Ape — Anyone from the sticks; a country Jake.
Brooksy — Classy dresser
Bust — A man who makes his living in the prize ring, a pugilist.
Bun Duster — See “Cake Eater”.
Bush Hounds — Rustics and others outside of the Flapper pale.
Cancelled Stamp — A wallflower.
Cake Basket — A limousine.
Cake Eater — See “Crumb Gobbler”
Cat’s Particulars — The acme of perfection; anything that’s good
Cat’s Pajamas — Anything that’s good
Cellar Smeller — A young man who always turns up where liquor is to be had without cost.
Clothesline — One who tells neighborhood secrets.
Corn Shredder — Young man who dances on a girl’s feet.
Crumb Gobbler — Slightly sissy tea hound.
Crasher — Anyone who comes to parties uninvited.
Crashing Party — Party where several young men in a group go uninvited.
Cuddle Cootie — Young man who takes a girl for a ride on a bus, gas wagon or automobile.
Cuddler — One who likes petting.
Dapper — A flapper’s father.
Dewdropper — Young man who does not work, and sleeps all day.
Dincher — A half-smoked cigarette.
Dingle Dangler — One who insists on telephoning.
Dipe Ducat — A subway ticket.
Dimbox — A taxicab.
Di Mi — Goodness.
Dogs — Feet.
Dog Kennels — Pair of shoes.
Dropping the Pilot — Getting a divorce.
Dumbdora — Stupid girl.
Duck’s Quack — The best thing ever.
Ducky — General term of approbation.
Dud — Wallflower.
Dumbbell - Wall flower with little brains.
Dumkuff — General term for being “nutty” or “batty”.
Edisoned — Being asked a lot of questions.
Egg Harbor — Free dance.
Embalmer — A bootlegger.
Eye Opener — A marriage.
Father Time — Any man over 30 years of age.
Face Stretcher — Old maid who tries to look younger.
Feathers — Light conversation.
Fire Extinguisher — A chaperone.
Finale Hopper — Young man who arrives after everything is paid for.
Fire Alarm — Divorced woman.
Fire Bell — Married woman.
Flat Shoes — Fight between a Flapper and her Goof
Fluky — Funny, odd, peculiar; different.
Flatwheeler — Slat shy of money; takes girls to free affairs.
Floorflusher — Inveterate dance hound.
Flour Lover — Girl who powders too freely.
Forty-Niner — Man who is prospecting for a rich wife.
Frog’s Eyebrows — Nice, fine.
Green Glorious — Money and checks.
Gimlet — A chronic bore.
Given the Air — When a girl or fellow is thrown down on a date.
Give Your Knee — Cheek-to-cheek or toe-to-toe dancing.
Goofy — To be in love with, or attracted to. Example: “I’m goofy about Jack.”
Goat’s Whiskers — See “Cat’s Particulars”
Goof — Sweetie.
Grummy — In the dumps, shades or blue.
Grubber — One who always borrows cigarettes.
Handcuff — Engagement ring.
Hen Coop — A beauty parlor.
His Blue Serge — His sweetheart.
Highjohn — Young man friend; sweetie, cutey, highboy.
Hopper — Dancer.
Houdini — To be on time for a date.
Horse Prancer — See “Corn Shredder”.
Hush Money — Allowance from father.
Jane — A girl who meets you on the stoop.
Johnnie Walker — Guy who never hires a cab.
Kitten’s Ankles — See “Cat’s Particulars”.
Kluck — Dumb, but happy.
Lap — Drink.
Lallygagger — A young man addicted to attempts at hallway spooning.
Lens Louise — A person given to monopolizing conversation.
Lemon Squeezer — An elevator.
Low Lid — The opposite of highbrow.
Mad Money — Carfare home if she has a fight with her escort.
Meringue — Personality.
Monkey’s Eyebrows — See “Cat’s Particulars”.
Monog — A young person of either sex who is goofy about only one person at a time.
Monologist — Young man who hates to talk about himself.
Mustard Plaster — Unwelcome guy who sticks around.
Munitions — Face powder and rouge.
Mug — To osculate or kiss.
Necker — A petter who puts her arms around a boy’s neck.
Noodle Juice — Tea.
Nut Cracker — Policeman’s nightstick.
Oilcan — An imposter.
Orchid — Anything that is expensive.
Out on Parole — A person who has been divorced.
Petting Pantry — Movie.
Petting Party — A party devoted to hugging.
Petter — A lovable person; one who enjoys to caress.
Pillow Case — Young man who is full of feathers.
Police Dog — Young man to whom one is engaged.
Potato — A young man shy of brains.
Ritzy Burg — Not classy.
Ritz — Stuck-up.
Rock of Ages — Any woman over 30 years of age.
Rug Hopper — Young man who never takes a girl out. A parlor hound.
Sap — A Flapper term for floorflusher.
Scandal — A short term for Scandal Walk.
Seetie — Anybody a flapper hates.
Sharpshooter — One who spends much and dances well.
Show Case — Rich man’s wife with jewels.
Sip — Flapper term for female Hopper.
Slat — See “Highjohn”; “Goof”.
Slimp — Cheapskate or “one way guy”.
Smoke Eater — A girl cigarette user.
Smooth — Guy who does not keep his word.
Snake — To call a victim with vampire arms.
Snuggleup — A man fond of petting and petting parties.
Sod Buster — An undertaker.
Stilts — Legs.
Stander — Victim of a female grafter.
Static — Conversations that mean nothing.
Strike Breaker — A young woman who goes with her friend’s “Steady” while there is a coolness.
Swan — Glide gracefully.
Tomato — A young woman shy of brains.
Trotzky (sic)— Old lady with a moustache and chin whiskers.
Umbrella — young man any girl can borrow for the evening.
Urban Set — Her new gown.
Walk In — Young man who goes to a party without being invited.
Weasel — Girl stealer.
Weed — Flapper who takes risks.
Whangdoodle — Jazz-band music.
Whiskbroom — Any man who wears whiskers.
Wind Sucker — Any person given to boasting.
Wurp — Killjoy or drawback.