FLASH! magazine slang (1938)
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From FLASH! magazine (Washington, D.C.), 21 February 1938, pg. 11, col. 1:
by William "Jolly" Fosythe, Jr.
WHEREIN YOUR COLUMNIST ATTEMPTS TO GIVE A COMPREHENSIVE STANDARD GLOSSARY AND COMPENDIUM OF COMMONLY USED WORDS AND PHRASES GIVING THE SPELLING MINUS THE ETYMOLOGY ACCOMPANIED BY SYNONYMS AND ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLES WHERE NECESSARY.
DITHERS--In the well known quandry, usually over the female of the species.
SIR STORK--A phrase used commonly by columnists to describe the long legged bird who is supposed to bring the heirs or bundles from heaven.
BIB'N TUCKER--Full dress suit or tuxedo.
BLUE CHIP CLASS--Supposedly referring to the uppity or aristocractic set of sepia America, also commonly called the CAVIAR SET AND TOP DRAWER SET. Usually of the front-running-champagne-appetite class with the price of root pop.
FREEBIE--Something that does not cost the recipient anything. Usually applied when referring to drinks or eats.
ON THE TURN--Out for an evening of unlimited sport that includes all of the spots that are most frequented, with any hour the next morning seeing you home.
CHICK--Usually applied to a member of the female species, however harmless it is often misconstrued.
MESSY CHICK--A young lady who orders cocktails with pretty names and then spills them all over your suit, also one who hugs every man she meets at every cocktail lounge and attempts to talk and act cute after having had the first three ounces of a 16 oz. beer and winds up the evening terribly sick and still you are supposed to like it.
UNHEP--Any individual who impresses one as not being a person who really knows just what it is all about, very briefly a tenderfoot or greenhorn.
UNHEP CHICK--See CHICK and UNHEP, combine them and yours' bound to have a mess.
SUB DEB--One of these sweet young things who just isn't of age but whom the older boys will be "gunning" for on the day of the coming out party.
DEBBIE--Commonly called debutante, and is one who had followed the usual ritual concerning decorum and mannerisms prior to the coming out party and is now definitely in circulation for the desirable company, but her desires usually run toward the older gentry with cash.
MATRON--A married woman, saying too much about them is not too safe so I'll lay off.
GANDER--Meaning to look, and look real hard so as to repeat the details to the first news-hawk you meet.
WEED--Between New York and Washington commonly called REEFER or TEA. A cigarette composed of the marihuana weed, which produces weird effects upon the smoker, that he terms, "being sent."
BIGGIE--A leader or ruler of his particular domain or field.
DIGIT BARON--A biggie in the business of "numbers" usually possessing a fair amount of wealth.
WATERING PLACES--THe most popular eat, drink and dine places along any stem, usually catering especially to satiation of the thirst.
COLLAR--Meaning to understand. (Ex: DO you collar?)
JIVE--Sometimes spelled JIBE; meaning to dwell intently upon an effusive exhortation along some particular line minus sincerity.
MEDICO--A Doctor of Medicine.
PASHED UP--Quite in the dithers over a lady of your choice whose indifference keeps you awake nites and causes you to drink excessively.
KILLER DILER--Favorite expression of musicians when one of their tunes appeals to the ear in an unusual manner that has a tendency to cause excessive jubilance among the dancers and listeners.
RUG CUT--A newly coined expression describing the apparently savage machination of the latest edition of the revision of the popular "Lindy Hop."
DIG MY PAD--Go home to my bed.
STACH MY FRAME--See DIG MY PAD.
BIFFER--Young lady who may have all the education, money and personality in the world but she is ever so homely.
SOLID--An expression that eliminates the use od superfluous words to indicate that everything is exceedingly well with the speaker.
RAG--A newspaper, usually referred to as a SHEET.
SWINGEROO--A dance that is a "killer-diller" in every sense of the word both musically and pulchritudinally, not to mention the liquid phase.
UNHITCH--Same as RENO-VATE, meaning to get a new lease on life from the divorse courts, and freedom from your wife.
LUSH--Meaning liquor, thus a LUSH HOUND is the same a habitual inebriate.
VIPER--One who smokes the habit-forming WEED.
DIG YOU--See you later on.
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