The Cat’s Meow

The Cat's Meow

The roar of the 1920’s called many, women to come out of their shell. A lot of young ladies left the small towns and farms,to make it in the “big city”. It is an inspiring, exciting, and historic time for females, but how did it change our vocabulary? The best way to see is through, 1920’s slang. A slew of terms popped up, around this time…mainly, focused on the “new women”. It’s inevitable that language will change, as people do. So, here’s a few: We all know the term “flapper”. Flapper, to people of the ’20’s meant: chic, promiscuous, fashionable, & popular. If you were called a “Sheba” you were probably a very, swell-looking dame. As divorce became more common, the name “fire alarm”, meant you were newly, single and on the prowl. If you’re a gal that can hold your liquor, you’d have been known as a, “non-skid” (& it was a handy, cover-up, because alcohol was illegal, in the ’20’s). There are also words that popped-up in the 1920’s we use today..again we are talking in terms of the “modern women”…”Sex Appeal”, “sexy” , and “nooky” were newly used, in the American ’20’s. “Gold Digger” became a popular saying for a woman that went looking for a wealthy, husband. Going on a “Double Date” was necessary for gals meeting men, that didn’t want to do it alone. If your friend found the right guy for you, she would’ve set you up on a, “blind date”. And the “French Kiss”, was a new way of not going “all the way”. If a man did snag you as his girl, you would become his, “sweetie pie”! There are many more words, that would take me five posts to bring up. If you’ve found this interesting, I suggest the book: ” Dewdroppers, Waldos, and Slackers: A decade-by-decade guide to the vanishing vocabulary of the twentieth century”. Don’t be a “chunk of lead” and not read it! 😉


2 thoughts on “The Cat’s Meow

  1. I perused it, at the bookstore. Unfortunately, to was only on hardback and I couldn’t drop $30, during back-2-school, shopping! 😉 I’m sure it will still be there…I hid it in theforeign language section…heehe

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