Weird History 30+ Weird Slang Terms From The 20s That Prove Young People Have Always Been Dumb  

Noelle Talmon
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List Rules Vote up the Roaring Twenties slang expressions you want to start using in your daily life.

There isn't a whole lot of 1920s slang that's still in circulation in the 21st century. However, there are some pretty cool Roaring Twenties slang words that should be brought back into the vernacular, mostly because it's very entertaining. Some of the old '20s expressions are really good, or as they would say, "Really berries!" If Roaring Twenties slang was still in use after the turn of the 20th cenutry, business magnate Richard Branson would be considered an "egg," or someone who is very wealthy with a lavish lifestyle. Mariah Carey would be a "sheba," or a sexually desirable woman. And instead of eating a doughnut, you'd be eating a "sinker."

You have to admit, old '20s expressions are charming and bring you back to a time when flappers ruled the world and alcohol was prohibited. Check out some weird and offbeat slang from a bygone era below and vote up your favorite slang from the 1920s that people actually used. 

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Bee's Knees The best.

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Wet Blanket Someone who doesn't know how to have any fun.

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Hooch Liquor. 

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Cat's Meow A person or thing that is very desirable. A similar phrase is "cat's pajamas."

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Big Cheese A person in charge or someone very important.

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Clam Dollar. 100 clams equals 100 dollars.

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Out On Parole A person who is divorced.

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Zozzled Drunk. Inebriated.

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Gams Legs, as in, "Look at those gams!"

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Hotsy-Totsy Everything is alright or even perfect!

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Handcuff An engagement ring.

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Bank's Closed No kissing.

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Whoopee To have a good time.

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Know One's Onions If you "know one's onions," you are very knowledgeable about a topic.

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Tomato An attractive, but stupid, woman.

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Dewdropper A young man who doesn't have a job and sleeps all day (also known as a lollygagger).

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Dudding Up To get dressed up.

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Sheba A sexually desirable woman.

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Sinker A donut.

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Applesauce Nonsense.

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Gimlet A really boring person.

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Ossified Drunk.

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Phonus Balonus Nonsense (similar to phoney baloney).

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Father Time A person over the age of 30.

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Fire Extinguisher A chaperone.

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Scofflaw An individual who drinks illegally. The word is a comboination of the words "scoff" and "law."

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Jake Okay.

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Trotzky An old woman with hair on her chin and a mustache.

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Pull A Daniel Boone To vomit or throw up.

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Bean Picker An individual who attempts to make a situation better, as in pick up the spilled beans.

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Cancelled Stamp A shy or lonely woman.

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Let's Blouse To go.

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Egg Someone who is very wealthy with a lavish lifestyle.