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.


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