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