Skull Love (Sandy) Alex
G// Choke me out Dying While Driving//
Now Waves FIDLAR// Anxiety (I Just
Wanna Be Calm) Chris Ray Gun//
Nobody Puts Baby In the Corner Fall Out
Boy// People Like You Are Why People Like Me Exist Say Anything// Tortuga Catfish
and the Bottlemen// Green Eyes Joe
Brooks// I Used To Have A Heart Say
Anything// A Portrait Of Sorority
Noise// what the hell am i [thinking of]
an amiable melody// Tie Me Down (Sandy)
Alex G// I Am Shit Crywank//
Palace Fires Johnny Foreigner//
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Hello! My name is Theo, and I’m here today with what is apparently a frequently requested topic: 1920s American slang! I’m a huge language nerd, and the 1920s has some absolutely fabulous slang, so let’s get into this!
Terms meaning something is good:
Bee’s knees (This was part of a greater trend of animal anatomy slang in the 20s, which I would be happy to do another post on if there’s demand for it).
Cat’s meow (also “cat’s pajamas” and “cat’s whiskers”)
Hip to the jive (“That’s hip to the jive” means “that’s cool”)
Hot dawg! (An exclamation on its own, spelled that way only in flapper circles until the 40s)
Nerts! (An exclamation on its own, “splendid!”)
Terms for women:
Baby vamp (any pretty woman, sexual)
Bearcat (a fiery woman)
Blue serge (A sweet woman)
Bug-eyed Betty (an ugly young woman)
Canceled stamp (A wallflower)
Chassis (Specifically, a woman’s body, ie “Look at the chassis on Jill!”)
Choice bit of calico (A pretty young woman)
Chunk of lead (An ugly young woman)
Doll (An attractive woman)
Dumb Dora (An unintelligent person, often a woman, usually a flapper)
Face stretcher (An old woman trying to appear younger)
Flapper (A modern woman of the time, definitely do some more research into them if their culture is something you’re interested in)
Jane (Any woman)
Moll (A gangster’s girlfriend)
Skirt (any pretty woman)
Smarty (A pretty flapper)
Snake charmer (A female bootlegger)
Tomato (A woman)
Vamp (Similar to modern term “man eater”)
Terms for men:
Airedale (any ugly man)
Baby grand (A heavyset man)
Big six (any strong man, from car ads from the period relating to engine power)
Big timer (any charismatic man, romantic connotation)
Bimbo (Yep, this used to be a term for men!) (Tough guy)
Cake-eater (A ladies’ man)
Charlie (A man with a moustache)
Dewdropper (A man with no job who sleeps during the day, insulting)
Drugstore cowboy (A well-dressed man who hangs out waiting to pick up women, one of my favorite bits of slang)
Father Time (A man over 30)
Fella (you can use it like “dude” or “man”!)
Goof (An idiot, also boyfriend)
Hard-boiled (A tough guy, ie, “He’s so hard-boiled!”)
Joe Brooks (A well-dressed man)
Old boy (A term of address between men, also “old man” and “old fruit”)
Palooka (A social outsider, also, a mediocre boxer)
Weasel (A boy who steals a girlfriend from another boy)
Terms relating to alcohol:
Bent (drunk, ie, “He’s completely bent on whiskey”)
Blotto (excessively drunk)
Bootleg (illegal alcohol)
Bootlegger (a transporter of illegal alcohol)
Coffin varnish (Poorly made bootleg, often toxic)
Dead soldier (Empty beer bottle)
Edge (Light buzz)
Embalmer (Another term for a bootlegger)
Giggle water (alcohol)
Gin mill (A cheap speakeasy)
Hair of the dog (A shot)
Half seas over (Drunk)
Half under (Drunk)
“I have to see a man about a dog” (A common euphemism for needing to leave, usually with the specific connotation that one was leaving to buy whiskey)
Juice joint (A speakeasy)
Toot (A drinking binge/bender)
Panther sweat (whiskey)
Quilt (A drink that warms the drinker)
Rummy (think “drunk bum”)
Snake charmer (A female bootlegger)
Speakeasy (An illegal bar)
Terms relating to money:
Four-flusher (someone who gives off the air of wealth while using other people’s money)
Heavy sugar (a lot of money)
Orchid (An expensive item)
Simolean (Yep, this was real and was the inspiration for the name of the currency in the Sims universe)
Ways to tell someone to go away:
Get a wiggle on (much less aggressive than other terms in this section)
Go chase yourself
Mind your own beeswax (“This is none of your business”)
Mind your potatoes (“None of your business”)
Terms for nonsense:
Applesauce (Empty flattery)
Bull (Also: police; exaggerated stories)
Line (As in “I’m being fed a line”)
Terms entering into use during the 1920s we still use today!:
“Absolutely” (drawn out, affirmative)
Baby (Sweetheart. At this time, also showed that something was of high value and should be respected (these were generally separate uses)).
Cig (Usually “ciggy” at this time period)
Crush (Also, “carry a torch”)
Dame (NOTE: This term arose in the late 20s and did not enter common use until the 30s. If your story is set in 1924, maybe don’t.)
Goof (An idiot)
Positively (Same use as “absolutely”, also combined into “posilutely”)
Teenager (NOTE: Like “dame,” this term didn’t get common until the 30s, the term before that was “young adult”)
I think Joe Brooks really works for Teddy, because he has that same adorkable and yet really cool vibe going for him, that I picture Teddy having.
James Sirius; Dylan O’Brien-
I feel this gif just explains my choice.
Albus Severus; Skandar Keynes-
Again, it’s the adorkable personality. They both have and, I dunno, just seems like a good fit.
Lily Luna; Molly C. Quinn-
Again, I don’t really know. It just seems to fit with the way I picture Lily, which would be an evil genius.
Rose Weasley; Lily Collins
Lily just seems like she could be Rose in anyway Rose is pictured; bookish or rebellious.
Hugo Weasley; Freddie Highmore-
Freddie has the same bookish and shy vibe I imagine Hugo having. I can also see Lily’s evil ways bringing out a more outgoing side.
Victoire Weasley; Amanda Seyfried-
I see Victoire being extremely elegant and motherly, and Amanda is the perfect epitome of that.
Dominique Weasley; Cara Delevingne-
For me, Dominique is rebellious, untouchable, and totally in love with Lorcan Scamander, but that doesn’t matter right now. Anyway, Cara seems to really suit the way I imagine Dominique.
Louis Weasley; Alex Pettyfer-
I think Louis would kind of be the Sirius of his generation. All the girls chasing after him due to his Veela blood, but prefers to hang out with his friends and cousins. I think Alex really captures his beautiful Veela side, especially with that smile.
Molly Weasley II; Karen Gillian-
Molly seems like the kind of person who would be extremely bossy, caring, and in control of every situation, and Karen gives me the same vibe.
Lucy Weasley; Georgie Henley-
Lucy seems very rebellious and happy and wild and basically the exact opposite of what everyone expected Percy’s child to be like. And I love it, and I feel Georgie Henley is the same way.
Fred Weasley II; Luke Pasqualino-
Again, I feel the gif explains itself.
Roxanne Weasley; Jade Thompson-
Jade has the same happy and beautiful vibe I picture Roxanne having. Plus, just look at her.
Scopius Malfoy; Bertie Gilbert-
Again, don’t really know. I just think Bertie fits.
Lorcan Scamander; Dylan Sprouse-
I feel Dylan would be a good fit for Lorcan, his character Zack is definitely how I picture him.
Lysander Scamander; Cole Sprouse-
Again, his old character COdy is exactly how I imagine Lysander.