Flappers' Dictionary: How To Talk The 1920s Talk

Flappers' Dictionary: How To Talk The 1920s Talk

We can give you all of the advice you'll ever need about how to dress like a flapper -- fringed dresses, pearls, a cloche to end all cloches -- but no one will actually believe you've stepped out of F. Scott Fitzgerald's most-detailed scene if you can't talk the talk.

Courtesy of Book Flaps comes "A Flappers' Dictionary." Put together in July 1922, there's a few gems we'll be cooing with doe eyes. While wearing cloches, of course.

Take a look at our favorite additions to our everyday vocabulary and head over to Book Flaps for the rest.

Alarm Clock--Chaperone.

Bank's Closed--No petting allowed; no kisses.



Brooksy--Classy dresser

Cat's Particulars--The acme of perfection; anything that's good

Cellar Smeller--A young man who always turns up where liquor is to be had without cost.

Clothesline--One who tells neighborhood secrets.

Dingle Dangler--One who insists on telephoning.

Dimbox--A taxicab.

Edisoned--Being asked a lot of questions.

Eye Opener--A marriage.

Father Time--Any man over 30 years of age.

Fire Alarm--Divorced woman.

Fire Bell--Married woman.

Houdini--To be on time for a date.

Lemon Squeezer--An elevator.

Noodle Juice--Tea.

Petting Party--A party devoted to hugging.

Rock of Ages--Any woman over 30 years of age.

Tomato--A young woman shy of brains.

Trotzky (sic)--Old lady with a moustache and chin whiskers.

Umbrella--young man any girl can borrow for the evening.

Wurp--Killjoy or drawback.

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