25 Super Cool Slang Phrases People Used In The 20s

Posted by , Updated on May 11, 2016

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.

Featured Image: Alijah Villian via Flickr


Butt me!

Butt me!Source: wikipedia, Image: pixabay

Meaning: could you give me a cigarette?


Giggle water

Giggle waterSource: wikipedia, Image: pexels

Meaning: an alcoholic beverage


Go chase yourself!

Go chase yourself!Source: wikipedia, Image: pixabay

Meaning: get out of here!


Iron one’s shoelaces

Iron one’s shoelacesSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Meaning: to excuse yourself for the bathroom


Know your onions

Know your onionsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Meaning: to know what’s going on


Noodle juice

Noodle juiceSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Meaning: tea


Now you’re on the trolley!

Now you’re on the trolley!Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Meaning: now you got it right!


Petting pantry

Petting pantrySource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Meaning: a cinema


Tell it to Sweeney!

Tell it to Sweeney!Source: wikipedia, Image: pixabay

Meaning: what you would say if you don’t believe something to be true


Cellar Smeller

Cellar SmellerSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Meaning: someone who only shows up when there are free drinks


Face Stretcher

Face StretcherSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay

Meaning: an old lady who tries to look young


Fakeloo Artist

Fakeloo ArtistSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay

Meaning: a conman


Flat Tire

Flat TireSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Meaning: used to indicate that a date did not meet expectations (he was such a flat tire!)


Ground Grippers

Ground GrippersSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Meaning: sneakers


Hit On All Sixes

Hit On All SixesSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay

Meaning: to perform at full capacity or to nail something


Hope Chest

Hope ChestSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Meaning: a pack of cigarettes


Meat Wagon

Meat WagonSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Meaning: an ambulance


Mustard Plaster

Mustard PlasterSource: wikipedia, Image: Wesley Fryer via Flickr

Meaning: an unwanted person who won’t leave



StreetedSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Meaning: to get kicked out of a party



TorpedoSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay

Meaning: a thug or hitman


Ten Cent Box

Ten Cent BoxSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Meaning: a taxi



BimboSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Meaning: a tough guy



HandcuffSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Meaning: engangement ring


Bee's Knees

Bee's KneesSource: wikipedia, Image: freestockphotos.biz

Meaning: the best



JakeSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay

Meaning: everything is ok (everything is jake)

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