Flappers' Dictionary (September 1922): "blouse" (to go);"sweetie"
flanigan at OHIO.EDU
Mon Sep 29 00:48:19 UTC 2003
I'm not really sure what such a suit would look like, but my oldest brother
(b. 1927) was photographed at 4 or so in a suit jacket, short pants, and
blousy white shirt with a big bow tie. This could be at least close to the
At 06:04 PM 9/28/2003 -0400, you wrote:
>In the same year(1922) and in the same state(IL), using ancestry.com, the
>Decatur(IL) Review has an ad saying:
> Boys' Khaki flapper Suits, 89cents
> So much wanted two-piece suits , blouse and pants in flapper
>What do you make of that?
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Cohen, Gerald Leonard" <gcohen at UMR.EDU>
>To: <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>Sent: Sunday, September 28, 2003 3:02 PM
>Subject: Re: Flappers' Dictionary (September 1922): "blouse" (to
> > Two items in the 1922 Flappers' Dictionary caught my attention:
> > 1) "blouse"--Why does "Let's blouse" mean "Let's go"? -- I don't see this
>term in HDAS or Jonathon Green's _Cassell's Dictionary of Slang_.
> > 2) "Sweetie"--anything a flapper hates. -- Cf. Ellen Goodman's syndicated
>column today: "California--Arnold goes mano-a-womano' big mistake." e.g. in
>St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/28/2003, sec. B, p. 3/1.
> > The article concerns Schwarzenegger's comments to Arianna Huffington in
>the debate a few days ago.. Goodman writes: "We know how you
>[Schwarzennegger] bragged about creating this scene to Entertainment Weekly
>last July: 'How many times do you get away with taking a woman and burying
>her face in a toilet bowl?'" Now this? [His debate-comments to Huffington].
> > "Arnold, sweetheart, get yourself rewrite."
> > Gerald Cohen
> > -----Original Message----- (from Barry Popik, 9/27/2003)
> > 14 September 1922, EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER (Edwardsville, Illinois),
> > pg. 4?, col. 4:
> > OFFICE CAT
> > BY JUNIUS
> > COPYRIGHT 1921 BY EDGAR ALLAN MOSE.
> > _The Flappers' Dictionary._
> > ...
> > Blouse: To go, as, "Let's blouse."
> > ...
> > Sweetie: Anybody a flapper hates.
> > ...
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