The Top 10 Slang Words of the 20’s

The 1920’s was the first generation when the younger crowd became more in line with the times than the older generation, the flapper subculture was on the rise and an era of women’s liberation was seen in every corner and street of the country. 30’s slang was greatly influenced by the youth and liberated women with slang words and terms that are still used today.

1. Cat’s Meow/Pajamas – This 1920’s slang term was used to say that something or someone was cool, hip, stylish, wonderful, etc. I.e. “Mary sure is the cat’s meow, isn’t she?”

2. Applesauce – The slang word was used as a swear word or explanative. I.e. “Applesauce, I really stubbed my toe good!”

3. Spiffy – This 20’s slang word was used to describe someone as elegantly put together or dressed in expensive clothes. I.e. “That new dress of yours is sure spiffy, Missy.”

4. Wet Blanket – The 20’s slang term was used to say that someone was a killjoy, a downer, not fun, etc. I.e. “Don’t be such a wet blanket, Johnny, let’s go out and see the girls.”

5. Speakeasy – This was used during the time of prohibition as a slang term for an illegal bar or club with alcohol, gambling, etc. I.e. “Joey got us into that speakeasy in the basement of the shoe store last night.”

6. Pill – Used a way to say that someone was not fun, a killjoy or that they were a teacher (and therefore someone who was not fun.) I.e. “She’s such a pill, she won’t let me pass notes in home ec.”

7. Left Holding the Bag – This 1920’s slang term was used when someone was blamed unfairly or cheated out of something by another person. I.e. “He split and left me holding the bag when the cops came."

8. On the Up and Up – The 20’s slang term was a way to say that someone or something was legal, proper, good, etc. I.e. “Danny is really on the up and up, he won’t even go to his favorite speakeasy anymore.”

9. Get a Wiggle On – This slang term for the 20’s was used to tell someone to hurry up, get moving, split, etc. I.e. “The cops are coming, Johnny, get a wiggle on before they catch up and we get pinched!”

10. Pinch/Pinched – Used to say that someone was arrested by the police. I.e. “Harry got pinched for robbing a bank last night.”

Comments

Whoa

I'm a child but I knew most of these how!?!

Solid

love these words!

Who would use these in

Who would use these in sentences?

I use half of them lots! wet

I use half of them lots! wet blanket, get a wiggle on, on the up... they are quite common still

I don't know they are kinda

I don't know they are kinda dumb

my thoughts exactly good sir

my thoughts exactly good sir *TIPS fedora FURIOUSLY*

Lol

Just weird

Lol

Applesuace I think I broke my toe when I got a wiggle on.

looool

looool

hahaha

hahaha

????

umm m

lolz

jpoms

Greatest slang

This is awsome I'm gonna use this to confuse everyone

that is right it is funny

that is right it is funny

eND

eND

I'm going to start using

I'm going to start using spiffy.

I was born in the wrong era

Surely I was supposed to have lived in the 1920s, because this stuff is great, haha!

Clearly I must be from the

Clearly I must be from the 20's because except for 'Get a wiggle on' I knew all of these.

I will use these so much!!

Lol, i'm going to use these everywhere! I (sorta) memorized them. :)

wow

i cant even

lol

this stuff is funky weird

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