[Ads-l] "go all to smash", '20s slang?

Cohen, Gerald Leonard gcohen at MST.EDU
Wed Sep 9 00:42:22 UTC 2015


Cf. "put all to smash" in a poem ca. 1830, drawn to ads-l attention a while
back by Stephen Goranson. The poem is titled "Penal Servitude," and Goranson
posted it as part of his excellent research on "kibosh." The relevant verse says:
"There is one little dodge I am thinking,/That would put your profession all to smash,/
It would put on the kibosh like winking,/That is, if they was to introduce the lash."
G. Cohen                                                                                                                         ________________________________________
 Joel Berson wrote, Tuesday, September 08, 2015 7:43 AM:
I thank modern technology and TCM for permitting me to re-view this film and capture the source citation.
"Don't be surprised if I go all to smash on your hands -- I'm not responsible when I'm listening to wonderful music."
1923. "Flaming Youth", intertitle, about five to seven minutes into the
 only surviving reel. In "Fragments: Surviving Pieces of Lost Films",
 2011. (Both are in IMDb.) Spoken by Colleen Moore, playing a
 young woman endeavoring to (and apparently succeeding in) enamoring 
an older man, who (again apparently) had been romantically associated with 
her mother.
'20s slang? Not a bit, I'm intrigued to learn. Smash, n.1, 2.b.
, "A shivered or broken-up condition. Chiefly in phrases to break, knock etc., 
or go, to smash. Also used fig." First literal appearance (in OED2) 
1798; first figurative appearance 1807.

Joel
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