It’s not just kids these days that use slang. People have been using slang and colloquial speech since the invention of the spoken word (which was a very, very long time ago). Possibly some of the greatest slang terms in the English language came to us from the roaring twenties. Known for excess, lavishness, and lots of over the top parties, people in the twenties developed their own method of communication. These days many of those phrases and slang terms have been made popular by movies, cinema, and literature, and some of them have even found their way back into everyday usage. It’s always fun, however, to see where the words you are using come from and why people use them. Many terms and words we use today are derived from other terms and words used in the past. Many of these words, as you’ll soon see, reflect the culture of the decade, and if anything they show that inflation has definitely runs its course (a ten cent box is a taxi!). For the most part, though, these words are somewhat comical even though many of them have fallen out of popular usage, reading their meanings can be quite entertaining! These are 25 super cool slang phrases people used in the 20s.
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Meaning: could you give me a cigarette?
Meaning: an alcoholic beverage
Go chase yourself!
Meaning: get out of here!
Iron one’s shoelaces
Meaning: to excuse yourself for the bathroom
Know your onions
Meaning: to know what’s going on
Now you’re on the trolley!
Meaning: now you got it right!
Meaning: a cinema
Tell it to Sweeney!
Meaning: what you would say if you don’t believe something to be true
Meaning: someone who only shows up when there are free drinks
Meaning: an old lady who tries to look young
Meaning: a conman
Meaning: used to indicate that a date did not meet expectations (he was such a flat tire!)
Hit On All Sixes
Meaning: to perform at full capacity or to nail something
Meaning: a pack of cigarettes
Meaning: an ambulance
Meaning: an unwanted person who won’t leave
Meaning: to get kicked out of a party
Meaning: a thug or hitman
Ten Cent Box
Meaning: a taxi
Meaning: a tough guy
Meaning: engangement ring
Meaning: the best
Meaning: everything is ok (everything is jake)