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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54 6
Wet Blanket Someone who doesn't know how to have any fun.

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Hooch Liquor. 

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38 12
Big Cheese A person in charge or someone very important.

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40 14
Clam Dollar. 100 clams equals 100 dollars.

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38 14
Know One's Onions If you "know one's onions," you are very knowledgeable about a topic.

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36 13
Hotsy-Totsy Everything is alright or even perfect!

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Out On Parole A person who is divorced.

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30 9
Cat's Meow A person or thing that is very desirable. A similar phrase is "cat's pajamas."

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35 14
Handcuff An engagement ring.

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30 10
Zozzled Drunk. Inebriated.

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

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28 10
Bank's Closed No kissing.

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Whoopee To have a good time.

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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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21 10
Tomato An attractive, but stupid, woman.

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14 7
Applesauce Nonsense.

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Sheba A sexually desirable woman.

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16 9
Gimlet A really boring person.

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14 8
Dudding Up To get dressed up.

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Ossified Drunk.

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Sinker A donut.

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15 13
Scofflaw An individual who drinks illegally. The word is a comboination of the words "scoff" and "law."

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12 10
Phonus Balonus Nonsense (similar to phoney baloney).

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Jake Okay.

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9 10
Fire Extinguisher A chaperone.

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

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Father Time A person over the age of 30.

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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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Let's Blouse To go.

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Cancelled Stamp A shy or lonely woman.

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Egg Someone who is very wealthy with a lavish lifestyle.