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.
A person or thing that is very desirable. A similar phrase is "cat's pajamas."
Someone who doesn't know how to have any fun.
A person in charge or someone very important.
To have a good time.
Everything is alright or even perfect!
Dollar. 100 clams equals 100 dollars.
Legs, as in, "Look at those gams!"
An engagement ring.
A person who is divorced.
A sexually desirable woman.
To get dressed up.
An attractive, but stupid, woman.
If you "know one's onions," you are very knowledgeable about a topic.
A young man who doesn't have a job and sleeps all day (also known as a lollygagger).
A person over the age of 30.
Nonsense (similar to phoney baloney).
A really boring person.
An individual who drinks illegally. The word is a comboination of the words "scoff" and "law."