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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219 32
Bee's Knees

The best.

2
168 24
Cat's Meow

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

3
188 32
Wet Blanket

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

4
156 45
Hooch

Liquor. 

5
129 43
Big Cheese

A person in charge or someone very important.

6
111 32
Whoopee

To have a good time.

7
117 57
Clam

Dollar. 100 clams equals 100 dollars.

8
111 54
Handcuff

An engagement ring.

9
109 56
Zozzled

Drunk. Inebriated.

10
99 51
Gams

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

11
100 56
Hotsy-Totsy

Everything is alright or even perfect!

12
101 61
Out On Parole

A person who is divorced.

13
68 46
Sheba

A sexually desirable woman.

14
86 67
Know One's Onions

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

15
65 47
Dudding Up

To get dressed up.

16
75 57
Tomato

An attractive, but stupid, woman.

17
70 56
Dewdropper

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

18
74 62
Bank's Closed

No kissing.

19
62 51
Applesauce

Nonsense.

20
60 50
Fire Extinguisher

A chaperone.

21
64 55
Father Time

A person over the age of 30.

22
56 54
Gimlet

A really boring person.

23
54 56
Phonus Balonus

Nonsense (similar to phoney baloney).

24
52 54
Scofflaw

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

25
53 56
Ossified

Drunk.

26
45 62
Trotzky

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

27
41 60
Sinker

A donut.

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41 65
Jake

Okay.

29
37 62
Egg

Someone who is very wealthy with a lavish lifestyle.

30
38 73
Bean Picker

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

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31 67
Cancelled Stamp

A shy or lonely woman.

32
30 72
Let's Blouse

To go.

33
33 79
Pull A Daniel Boone

To vomit or throw up.