It's Your Party. You Can Say What You Want To.
So you're having a retro party huh? Complete with Swing to dance to, martinis to sip and you've invited all the Dames and Darbs you know..
Well, why not get well versed in popular terms and phrases from the era when Pin Up started? Even better, hand out the terms when your guests arrive and encourage your guests to say them. You'll feel as though you hopped right out of a time machine.Ready?
1940's Phrases & Slang
All Wet - Describes an erroneous idea or individual as in, "he's all wet."
Applesauce - an explative; same as horsefeathers, As in "Ah applesauce!"
Big Cheese - The most important or influential person; boss. Same as big shot.
Bluenose - An excessively puritanical person, a prude, Creator of "the Blue Nozzle Curse."
Broad- Woman, Dame
Bump Off - To murder, To kill.
Carry a Torch - To have a crush on someone.
Cat's Meow - Something splendid or stylish; The best or greatest, wonderful.
Darb - An excellent person or thing (as in "the Darb" - a person with money who can be relied on to pay the check).
Dame- A Woman
Drugstore Cowboy - a guy that hangs around on a street corner trying to pick up girls.
Dumb Dora - a stupid female.
Fall Guy - Victim of a frame.
Flat Tire - A dull witted, insipid, disappointing date. Same as pill, pickle, drag, rag, oilcan.
Frame - To give false evidence, to set up someone.
Gams - A woman's legs.
Giggle Water - An intoxicating beverage; alcohol.
Gin Mill - An establishment where hard liquor is sold; bar.
Hard Boiled - a tough, strong guy.
Heebie-Jeebies - The jitters.
High-Hat - To snub.
Hooch - Bootleg liquor
Hoofer - Dancer.
Horsefeathers - an explative; same usage as applesauce.
Hotsy-Totsy - Pleasing.
Jalopy - Old car.
Joint - A club, usually selling alcohol.
Keen - Attractive or appealing.
Kisser - Mouth.
Line - Insincere flattery.
Lounge Lizard - a horny dog.
Moll - A gangster's girl.
Ossified - a drunk person.
Pinch - To arrest.
Pushover - A person easily convinced or seduced.
Ritzy - Elegant (from the hotel).
Scram - Ask someone to leave immediately.
Sheba - A woman with sex appeal (from the move Queen of Sheba) or (e.g. Clara Bow).
Sheik - A man with sex appeal (from the Valentino movies)
Spiffy - An elegant appearance.
Spread Out!- Get out of the way! Give me some room! Stop crowding me!
Stuck On - Having a crush on.
Swaky - Ritzy.
Take for a Ride -
Upchuck - To vomit when one has drunk too much.
Wise guy- A Smart Ass
Whoopee - To have a good time.