america 20 Weird Slang Terms From The 1930s That People Actually Used  

Robert F Mason
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The 1930s were a unique time in American history. This post-Roaring '20s economic depression era brought a new way of life that shaped the rest of the century for many Americans. This great change gave birth to a host of 1930s slang terms. A huge amount of retro slang from the 1930s shows the country was anxiety-ridden and nervous, but chose to make light of its fears with clever turns of phrase. 

Slang from the Great Depression almost all concerns poverty, alcohol, and criminal activity of some kind. This isn't entirely surprising, as many people in poverty turned to either alcohol or crime to escape their dire straits.

But none of that means the language of the day is obsolete. On the contrary, the 1930s was also a time of great comic genius that produced some of the cleverest quips in American English. We still use some of 1930s expressions today, such as referring to prison as the "big house," or calling a gun a "gat" (originally short for "Gatling gun"). 

In that spirit, this list looks at some other expressions from the Great Depression that might be worth reviving.

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Make Tracks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 20 Weird Slang Terms From The 1930s That People Actually Used
Make Tracks To leave quickly. This is a nod to a time when trains were the fastest way to get around.

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Bumping Gums is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 20 Weird Slang Terms From The 1930s That People Actually Used
Bumping Gums Talking nonsense. This one really deserves a comeback, because it just rolls off the tongue.

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Cute As A Bug's Ear is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 20 Weird Slang Terms From The 1930s That People Actually Used
Cute As A Bug's Ear Very cute. You can probably guess just by the term itself that this one means "very cute."

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Blow Your Wig is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 20 Weird Slang Terms From The 1930s That People Actually Used
Blow Your Wig To get excited about something. Depictions of flying wigs and toupees was common in cartoons.

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Lincolns is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 20 Weird Slang Terms From The 1930s That People Actually Used
Lincolns $5 bills. The equivalent of today's "Benjamins," because $5 was a lot during the Depression.

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Giggle Juice is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 20 Weird Slang Terms From The 1930s That People Actually Used
Giggle Juice Whiskey. If you don't get how it got this name, you've been drinking the wrong whiskey.

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Get Away Sticks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 20 Weird Slang Terms From The 1930s That People Actually Used
Get Away Sticks Legs. This was a nod to organized crime mobsters who used getaway cars at the time. 

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Abyssinia is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 20 Weird Slang Terms From The 1930s That People Actually Used
Abyssinia I'll be seeing you. If you say that really fast, you'll see how this caught on.

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Convincer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 20 Weird Slang Terms From The 1930s That People Actually Used
Convincer A gun. The '30s produced a lot of slang for "gun," but this one is the most morbidly funny.

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Off The Cob is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 20 Weird Slang Terms From The 1930s That People Actually Used
Off The Cob Someone who is corny.

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Slip Me Five is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 20 Weird Slang Terms From The 1930s That People Actually Used
Slip Me Five A request to shake your hand. Or perhaps a straightforward way to ask for money?

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Dizzy With is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 20 Weird Slang Terms From The 1930s That People Actually Used
Dizzy With To be very much in love with someone, possibly at risk to yourself.

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Cement Mixer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 20 Weird Slang Terms From The 1930s That People Actually Used
Cement Mixer A bad dancer. Get it? Because it's like they're cemented to the floor.

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City Juice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 20 Weird Slang Terms From The 1930s That People Actually Used
City Juice A glass of water. This was coined by people who drank city water.

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Trip For Biscuits is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 20 Weird Slang Terms From The 1930s That People Actually Used
Trip For Biscuits An endeavor or task that yields no results.

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Plenty Rugged is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 20 Weird Slang Terms From The 1930s That People Actually Used
Plenty Rugged Description of a person who is big and strong.

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Honey Cooler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 20 Weird Slang Terms From The 1930s That People Actually Used
Honey Cooler A kiss. Because kisses are as sweet as honey.

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Dog Soup is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 20 Weird Slang Terms From The 1930s That People Actually Used
Dog Soup A glass of water. It refers to poverty: If you can't afford the house soup, get the dog soup.

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Ickie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 20 Weird Slang Terms From The 1930s That People Actually Used
Ickie A person who does not like popular music.

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Eggs In Coffee is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 20 Weird Slang Terms From The 1930s That People Actually Used
Eggs In Coffee Running smoothly. Dropping an egg in coffee was an old way to soak up coffee grounds.