Friday, October 11, 2013
A couple of nights ago, ThoughtCatalog.com, (a fun site that is "the bee's knees,") posted a column entitled...
"59 Slang Phrases From the 1920s..."
Go check it out!
The PC is spending the next few days lowering his blood pressure by ignoring the "Applesauce" happening in D.C. right now.
The column is great, but I'm feeling like it needs some annotation.
So, join me while The PC breaks it down, point by point, and brings it all up to date...
1. "Ankle: to walk." In The young Blog's days in the late 1970s the equivalent was, "Let's book." or "Let's moto-vate." In the first decade of the 21st Century, "Let's roll."
2. "Applesauce!": "Horsefeathers!" -- Today,"Bullshit!"
3. "Bank's closed!" what you tell someone to stop making out. Today, "Get a room!"
4. Bearcat: a lively, spirited woman, possibly with a fiery streak. Today, "bitch." Sadly.
5. Berries: like “bee’s knees,” denotes that something is good, desirable or pleasing. “That sounds like berries to me!” Today, "Sick!"
6. Bimbo: refers to a macho man. Today, refers to a Kardashian. I don't know how this went so wrong.
7. Bluenose: term for a prude or individual deemed to be a killjoy. Still valid.
8. Bubs: a woman’s boobs. While it is not commonly used in the USA, I have heard it used in some English speaking islands in the Caribbean.
9. "Bushwa!": "Bullshit!" Still in use by Annie Wilkes types who also use terms like "doody-head."
10. "Butt me!" “I would like a cigarette.” in today's parlance, as funny as "Can you spare a fag?" for the same reasons.
Jumping ahead... (Because I am not going to do all 59.)
31. Jake: okay, fine, as in “Don’t worry, everything’s jake.” Not commonly used, today. But, explains the punk/ska band "Less Than Jake."
32. Jorum of skee: a swig of alcohol, particularly hard liquor. New to me. But, my new favorite phrase!
34. "Let's blouse!" “Let’s blow this popsicle stand!” See: "Let's book."
35. Manacle: Wedding ring. See Alfred E. Newman circa 1968... "A wedding ring is like a tourniquet. They both cut off your circulation."
37. Mrs. Grundy: an uptight or very straight-laced individual. See "Gladys Kravits" or " Barney Fife."
40. Oliver Twist: an extremely good dancer. In the '20s? Really? Did someone time travel to the early 1960s and discover Chubby Checker?
41. On a toot: On a bender. Shit faced. Still feels fresh.
42. Ossified: drunk. Not just feeling fresh. The PC's favorite term for drunk.
Okay, it goes on and on. You get my point. The Blog is too tired to go on. ThoughtCatalog.com makes some good points. If you don't agree...
54. “Tell it to Sweeney!” or, Talk to the hand.