Friday, February 7, 2014

Slang of the 1940's

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. 

 In the 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. 

The 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.

Albatross: chicken, as referred to by World War II troops
Alreet: jive slang for “all right”
Battery acid - coffee, in army slang  
 bobby soxer    teenage girl who wore white socks pushed down around the top of the shoe

Take a powder – to leave
Fuddy-Duddy – old-fashioned person
Gobbledygook – double talk, long speech  

Fat-head – stupid or foolish person
Chrome-dome – word for a bald headed man
Eager beaver – enthusiastic helper
Armored heifer – canned milk
In cahoots with – conspiring with
Snap your cap – get angry
Active duty – sexually promiscuous boy
Share crop – sexually promiscuous girl
Doll dizzy – girl crazy
Above my pay grade – don’t ask me
Cook with gas – to do something right
Killer-diller – good stuff
Hi sugar, are you rationed? – are you going steady?
Stompers – shoes
Flip your wig – to lose control of yourself    

Pennies from heaven – easy money
Ameche – to telephone
   Gone with the wind – run off (with the money)
Lettuce - money
Gas - either a good time or something that was really funny
Grandstand – to show off
Brainchild – someone’s creative idea
What’s buzzin’, cousin? – how’s it going?
Khaki wacky – boy crazy
Hen fruit – eggs
Hi-de-ho - hello
Pass the buck – pass responsibility for

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