Hollywood is one of the hardest places to make a living, and not just because of the dense thicket of agents and managers one has to get through to have a drink with someone - the lexicon of the city is also purposefully confusing. But prior to the modern era of slang, Hollywood terms were absolutely bananas. Some of the film set terms on this list, like "chew the scenery," are pretty well-known, but phrases like “bank’s closed” and “dingle dangler” have sadly dropped out of use and need to be brought back immediately. So don’t be a Joe Brooks, check out these bizarre Hollywood phrases and start using them today!
Listen up you dewdroppers, if you want to make it in this town you’ve got to be on the up and up. And that means learning so many movie industry terms that every gal on a pair of stilts thinks you’re the cat’s pajamas. Don’t worry, nothing on this list is above your pay grade, and if you start dropping these bon mots on Hollywood Boulevard you’ll be a real Gene Kelly in no time. If you still don’t know your onion, then you better take a look at this list of great old Hollwood terms before people start taking you for a real palooka.Vote up your favorite slang terms from the halcyon days of Hollywood, and if you’re hip to the jive then leave a comment with some other phrases that we should all start using. If not, then go take a trip for biscuits.
Chew the SceneryWhen someone overacts.
Save the CatWhen a person does something nice to endear themselves to you.
That's Above My Pay GradeDon't ask me to do that.
To Iron One's ShoelacesA slick way to excuse yourself to go to the bathroom.
Joe BrooksA well dressed, square looking person. Usually a student.
Go Chase Yourself!Get out of here!
Smoke EaterAnyone who smokes cigarettes.
Buff and PuffTo get your hair done.
Trip for BiscuitsTo go one a wild goose chase.
Khaki WackySomeone who's boy crazy.
ManmakerAnything used to make a guy look taller.
Know Your OnionTo know what's up.
Oliver TwistSomeone who's a great dancer.
In the CanyonWhen you can't hear someone because you've lost cellphone service from being ~in the canyon~.
Lemon SqueezerAn elevator.
EdisonedBeing asked a bunch of questions.
Dropping the PilotUse this when you're breaking up with someone or getting a divorce.
Dingle DanglerSomeone who just has to talk on the phone.
Cat's PajamasLiterally anything that's good.
StiltsA nice pair of gams.
Get the HookTo pull a bad performer offstage.
Snap Your CapTo get angry.
Bank's Closed!What you say when you want people to stop making out.
DewdropperA guy who sleeps all day and doesn't have a job.
Hip to the JiveSomeone who is cool (i.e. people who use old Hollywood slang).