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Old January 28th, 2010, 08:10 PM   #1

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Vo Vo oh de oh do...1930s slang words.


Since we have an international forum here, what were some common slang words from around the globe in the years just before the second world war?
(Let's try and keep it clean)

I'll start. In America, an "opperator" was likely to be a scam artist of some kind.

The terms "Buddy" was usually a good thing, where "Pal", as in "Listen Pal" might not be so good.

Gams were a womans legs.

Who else has some 1930s slang to contribute?


Note to moderators...Ooops. My poor eyesight has led me to start this in the wrong area perhaps. Sorry. Should have posted in the cultural section. Mr Magoo strikes again!
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Old January 28th, 2010, 08:23 PM   #2
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since i was not born until 50 years after WWII,i type inn 1930's slang.
here's a web link that pop up!.

http://alldownunder.com/oz-u/slang/people.htm
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A "cat" was a cool person
"Hep" was another word for cool
A crook was known as a "spiv"
A "G-Man" was an FBI agent
A "bootlegger" smuggled alcohol
A "joint" was a place to hang out like a bar or club
A "square" was someone we would call a "dork" today
"Fubar" was a military word for something that was f.ucked up beyond all recognition
A "brain tablet" was a cigarette
A "Chicago Typewriter" was a Tommy Gun
A "crusher" or "pig" was a police officer
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Old February 19th, 2010, 06:27 PM   #4

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Re: Vo Vo oh de oh do...1930s slang words.


A heater was a gun, and a jalopy was a car.
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Old February 19th, 2010, 07:25 PM   #5
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Master at arms = Police officcer

Please note: Master att arms was a term in 1912,not sure if itt was change before or after the 1930';s.

Itt was a term that the britsched used,dont knowe if America used this term or nott.
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mug = one's face
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Old February 19th, 2010, 07:52 PM   #7

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That's jake by me = it is acceptable
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Copacetic was in popular use. It was interchangeable with Jake.

A flatfoot was a beat cop
A gumshoe was a private detective

Women were referred to as Dames, Dolls, Frails, Molls and Skirts.

A pistol was a Gat or a Heater

A Sap was any device such a a sock full of lead shot, used to knock someone senseless without breaking their skull.
However, anyone of particularly dull wit or easily bamboozled might also be referred to as a Sap.

An informant was a Stool Pigeon, a Stoolie, a Rat or a Fink.

To be in prison was to be in Stir. or In the Stripey Hole.

If you were new to the big city, from a backwater or the country, you were a Rube.

If you were a Hipster or Hep Cat, and you were ethnic, you were a Zoot.
My father, from a Portuguese part of the Bay Area, dressed like this in the late 30's
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Old February 20th, 2010, 09:14 AM   #9

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Speaking of zoot suits, Cab Calloway and other jazz musicians (e.g. Lester Young) used lots of these. "The Gong" was an opium pipe, and Calloway sang about Minnie the Moocher and her boyfriend Smokie (whom she loved even though he was "cokey") went to Chinatown to "kick the gong around."
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In Turkish,

Dog killer : low quality wine, you purchase especially when you want to get too much alcohol and don't feel like paying much for it.

Fan fini fin fon : sexual relations (naked ).
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