Slang of the 1920’s

By | May 24, 2007

Applesauce
In the 1920’s this word an expletive. Example: “Ah applesauce!”

Tomato
This usually referred to a dumb silly girl. Example: Did you understand a thing that tomato said.

Biscuit
Refers to a pretty girl who is open to advances. Example: Sue sure is cute biscuit.

Squirrels
Slang word for the police. Examples: Be on the lookout for the squirrels, we don’t need them busting up the party.

Boneless Ham
Used in 20’s era blues to mean penis. Example: In the song Meat Man Pete, “everyone is wild about his boneless ham”.

Baloney
Nonsense. Example: Cut the baloney before you get in trouble.


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