While traveling in Florida not only did I go to flea markets, I also got to stop in a few local vintage stores. One of these was Annabelle's Vintage Land. They had some really cool stuff and I snapped a few photos for inspiration,
Then I saw this ...
So instead of just hanging that old map on the wall - use it as wall paper, or a backing in a great cabinet or on a lamp shade -
The 1940s' had World War II, saw the USA being attacked at Pearl Harbor and millions died tragically.
The pin up girl had her heyday - Woman went to work for the war effort, rationing home gardens and helping to win the war was paramount.
midst of all this, English got wacky, with the introduction of new military
jargon and a hipster slang called vout. Inspired by jazz musician Slim
Gaillard, trendsetters took to adding a little zipperoo to their speech.
vernacular got a little snapperoony. Ding dong-o-reeny! But if you're already
hep to the 40s' jive talk, this is no news to you.
chicken, as referred to by World War II troops
jive slang for “all right”
acid - coffee, in army slang
soxerteenage girl who wore white socks pushed
down around the top of the shoe
powder – to leave
– old-fashioned person
– double talk, long speech
stupid or foolish person
– word for a bald headed man
beaver – enthusiastic helper
heifer – canned milk
with – conspiring with
cap – get angry
duty – sexually promiscuous boy
– sexually promiscuous girl
– girl crazy
pay grade – don’t ask me
gas – to do something right
– good stuff
are you rationed? – are you going steady?
wig – to lose control of yourself
from heaven – easy money
the wind – run off (with the money)
either a good time or something that was really funny
History of the 1930's It started with the Great Depression and it ended during World War II. In between there was prohibition, speak easy's gangsters and notoriously Bonnie and Clyde. Some of the slang from the '30's is still used today, although in some cases the meaning has been altered dramatically...then again some words are exactly the same...
I wonder what words will stay the same and stay in use from 2000 - 2020 when people look back on it in 100 years....
any big city in the 1930s
Big House prison.
Brodie A mistake (seems to be a popular name now a days ...don't tell the kids their name means mistake...)
Cadillac an ounce of cocaine or heroin.
Canary a female singer.
Cats/alligators – fans of swing music.
Copper a police officer. Guess it got shortened through the years to just Cop now...
Cute as a
bug's ear Very cute
Gat/rod/heater/convincer A couple of
these words are still used today when referring to a gun.
Hot mama/looker/ tomato/dish/sweet patootie
good looking woman.
Keen Very Good
making whoopee Sex
Nuts!Telling someone they are full of nonsense
Okie Migrant worker from Oklahoma
Patsy Innocent man framed for a criminal charge
Pill Disagreeable person
Pip Attractive person
Pitching woo Sex
bathtub ginProhibition alcohol
usually made in back rooms and of low quality
Sawbuck $10 bill
singer A vocalist who improvises
lyrics, with nonsense syllables not using words
Scrub Poor student
Shake a legHurry up
pigeon, snitchSomeone who
informs to the police
salad, dough, moolah, rhino, bacon (as in bring home the bacon), breadMoney
powder, blow, split, scram, driftLeave
rap, taking the fall Taking
responsibility for someone else's crime or crimes
Trigger Men hired gunmen.
Twit Fool or Idiot
your story, morning glory? What
do you mean by that?