Tooting the wrong ringer: Asking the wrong person Ranked: Observed, watched, given the once-over Dish: Pretty woman Women were referred to by a number of slang terms during the roaring twenties, both within gangster culture and other aspects of society. Take on: Eat Bird: Man Check out more than 50 Victorian slang terms that just might be able to make a comeback. Wear iron: Carry a gun Wise head: A smart person Torpedoes: Gunmen Pipe: See or notice Dingus: Thing

Deck, as in "deck of Luckies": Pack of cigarettes Heater: gun Ice: Diamonds Chump: person marked for a con or a gullible person. Sheik: A man with sex appeal Soak: To pawn Some of the most popular ganger slang words of the 20s included: During the 1920s, gangsters and others used a lot of slang words to describe police, jail and other realities of law enforcement. Chick: Woman Dangle: Leave, get lost "Ig" means ignorant. Clipped: Shot Fin: $5 bill Three-spot: Three-year jail term PAW (Parents Are Watching) Flapper: A stylish, brash young woman with short skirts and shorter hair. Weak sister: A push-over Pro skirt: Prostitute Drum: Speakeasy Flattie: Flatfoot, cop Duck soup: Easy, a piece of cake Button man: Professional killer Just to be clear: Were definitely not suggesting that you violate your childs privacy, but if you hear or come across any of these terms, there might be more going on than meets the eye. The more you learn, the more youll know about how slang affects the English language. Even though everybody knows that 20s mobsters often acted like monsters, there's something charming about the seedy underbelly of the Jazz Age. Blip off: To kill CD9 and 9.,,,, JCFS Chicago is a partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community. Sheba: A woman with sex appeal Have the Bees: To be rich Sock: Punch Big Cheese, Big Shot - The boss: Someone of importance and influence Packing Heat: carrying a gun

Frau: Wife Dame: Woman

Get into the erawhen you leave our show, you'll be walkin' the walk and talkin' the talk! Conk: Head Cool: To knock out The word "dude" can be used in so many different ways it is the verbal equivalent of duct tape. Chew: Eat . Worker, as in "She sizes up as a worker": A woman who takes a guy for his money High-Hat: To snub. Hype: Shortchange artist, I Schnozzle: Nose Gasper: Cigarette Sap poison: Getting hit with a sap Dating without datingtwo people are spending time together but neither is committed to anything serious. Take the air: Leave Take a powder: Leave Close your head: Shut up It wasn't so much a code to keep the police in the dark, as many movies and legends would have you believe, but a special code among those who wanted to appear as insiders. "That would sound like you're asking me if I'm a prostitute," she said. That's the crop: That's all of it Mouthpiece: Lawyer Hitting on all eight: In good shape, going well Then one night after a loudly edifying dinner, I did. Friends and relatives report that they are doing their own linguistics studies. Fog: To shoot Pump metal: Shoot bullets Teetotaler: A person who abstains from the consumption of alcohol Sing: Make a confession Comeback-Worthy 1920s Slang That Only Rag-a-Muffins Won't Appreciate, 50+ Victorian Slang Terms Worth Bringing Back. Tin: Badge Broad: Woman Number: A person, O Blotto: Extremely drunk

Peterman: Safecracker who uses nitroglycerin Be sure to check it out prior to the show, or after the evening is done! Yap: Mouth Privacy Policy. Hooch: Low quality liquor Law, the: The police Ameche: Telephone Because there are a lot of jagoffs out there, and they need to be called on it. The lessons kept coming. They stand ready to introduce their elders to the wonders of new slang, as long as it won't get them in trouble. Puss: Face Gat: Gun If you know your onions, it can be duck soup to avoid getting balled up. If youve enjoyed learning some gangster slang from the 1920s, dont stop there. Skirt: Woman Cop: Detective, even a private one Here are a bunch of slang words that mean boyfriend: Heres a list of pet names or terms of endearment: cute nicknames for a boyfriend: Thats it for our list of slang words for boyfriend. Lid: Hat Fakeloo artist: Con man Chopper squad: Men with machine guns Chilled off: Killed Con: Confidence game, swindle Tighten the screws: Put pressure on somebody ", But when I quizzed her on other old-timey expressions, it turned out that some were mystifying and even distasteful.

Shamus: (Private) detective Place where alcohol is not served or person opposed to the legal sale of alcohol The slang of that time is infused with nostalgia, that thing that gives people the notion of a better time. Now I know what "pre-gaming" is. Finger, Put the finger on: Identify Gal: Woman Stool-pigeon: Informer The TJOs caused mayhem at Senn High School in the early 1970s when black students belonging to the Black P. Stone Nation were bused there from the South Side. Pushover: A person easily convinced of something. Gumshoe: Detective

Kale: Money "Oh, struggle," means, "Life is hard." Can: Jail, Car Ankle: (n) Woman; (v) To walk, B So, the next time youre tempted to use a word that begins with a B, a C, or an F, say jagoff instead.

Wrong gee: Not a good fellow Blower: Telephone Drill: Shoot Bracelets: Handcuffs Lip: (Criminal) lawyer Keen: Attractive or appealing. Sugar: Money

When my 18-year-old calls someone a "beast," she is expressing admiration. Joe: Coffee, as in "a cup of joe"

Your email address will not be published. Guy: a man, H Newshawk: Reporter C: $100, a pair of Cs = $200 Pop: Kill Bum's rush, To get the: To be kicked out Illegal drinking establishment where patrons pay entrance fee to view an exotic animal and are given a complementary drink Tip a few: To have a few drinks J Knock off: Kill, L Sneeze: Take Carry a Torch: Suffering from an unrequited love. for an Entertaining Cast Recorded Preview, Information and Reservations. Usage: Me and my beau went out last night and had a fabulous time!. Fella: a man So quit lollygagging and get started talking like a 20s gangster. Here, youre jaggin me means youre screwing me over., During the 2016 presidential campaign, Pittsburgh native Mark Cuban made national news when he asked a crowd at a Hillary Clinton rally in his hometown, Is there any bigger jagoff in the world than Donald Trump? (To be fair, Cuban, a self-made billionaire and admirer of Ayn Rand, is kind of a jagoff himself.). Stoolie: Stool-pigeon Can you keep up with them? Illegal drinking establishment Dive: A low-down, cheap sort of place Dope peddler: Drug dealer "I'm good" means "No, thank you," though I fought my children over that one -- "I didn't ask how you were. Spiffy: Looking elegant Marbles: Pearls Chippy: Woman of easy virtue I listened and learned. Squeeze: a female companion or girlfriend. Out on the roof: To drink a lot, to be drunk Fuzz: police, G Bruno: Tough guy, enforcer Big One: Death Some contributions may be published online or in the Tribune. Cars and other vehicles were referred to by a number of slang terms during the 20s. House peeper: House/hotel detective Snap a cap: Shout Babe: Woman Bump Gums: To talk about nothing worthwhile Stiff: A corpse Tail: Shadow or follow Dough: Money Even if the words are related, grafting jag onto the suffix changes the meaning. "Cray-cray" is crazy. Speakeasy: An illicit bar selling bootleg liquor Ya Follow: do you understand? FWB craps

Hood: Criminal hanging out Looking to spice up your writing in historical style? Big House: Jail Tomato: Pretty woman The lessons often came through context. In 2012, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editor David Shribman a Massachusetts native, or, as we'd say, a total jagoff attracted local ridicule when he banned jagoff from his newspaper, despite being fully aware of its non-obscene provenance. Can house: Bordello After the two of us visited a museum one day, he said goodbye and added, "I'll knock you up tonight." I certainly didn't before I had daughters in elementary school. Mark: Sucker, victim of swindle or fixed game Iron: A car. All rights reserved. Dorris says she was visiting New York City with her then-, During this appointment, Alice shared that her, Daysi Lizeth Mina Huamn was last seen waiting for a bus on January 26, on her way to meet her, Tweet about how your good-looking, dog-loving, FORMER MODEL AMY DORRIS SAYS PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SEXUALLY ASSAULTED HER, D.C. STUDY DOCUMENTS LIFE AND DEATH OF TRANS WOMAN ALICE CARTER, THESE 10 JOURNALISTS ARE MISSING, AND COVID IS IMPEDING INVESTIGATIONS, HOW TO KNOW IF A TERM IS ONE WORD OR TWO WORDS. and Boozehound: Drunkard

Pump: Heart Usage: Shes more than my boy, hes my hubby., Usage: Are you and your personfriend going on a date tonight?. As Lumpen predicted, Its not enough for Rahm to be the Biggest Jagoff in Chicago. Snooper: Detective Slang can be pesky that way, as I found out years ago during a semester abroad when I dated a gentlemanly young man in London. Bing: Jailhouse talk for solitary confinement Please let us know in the form below! Meat wagon: Ambulance Demonstrate How It's Done On This "Showed" Vs. "Shown" Quiz. Dump: Roadhouse, club; or, more generally, any place Jane: A woman Sleuth: Detective Op: Detective Ticket: P.I. The history of American slang words is fascinating. Bump: Kill Bindle: the bundle in which a hobo carries all his worldly possessions The etymology of an insult: I was about to cross the street, at Pratt and Greenview, when some dude in a foreign car whizzed around the corner without braking. Chicago magazine newsletters have you covered. Noodle: Head Can-opener: Safecracker who opens cheap safes DTF Joint: Place, as in "my joint" Hash House: A cheap restaurant Bucket: Car Barber: Talk Bo: Pal, buster, fellow. Inviting a person over to watch movies and hoping that it leads to making out or sex. Mitt: Hand Suddenly stopping communication with a romantic or sexual partner. Plug: Shoot All rights reserved. Put down: Drink Chisel: To swindle or cheat Times of year (specifically fall and winter) when single people find themselves wanting to be in a serious relationship. Pittsburgh may have invented the term, but Chicago perfected it. Trigger man: Man whose job is to use a gun Our young professors are creating and using their own lexicon, just as the generation of "23 skidoo" made theirs. Clout: Shoplifter Map: Face Mill: Typewriter Butts: Cigarettes Hatchet men: Killers, gunmen ", "It's an old-people world my boyfriend and I use, though nobody knows what it means," she says. Glaum: Steal JCFS Chicago embraces diversity. There were slang terms reserved just for the guys during the roaring 20s. The gangster slang of the 20s, like the slang of any generation, was conceived in the hives of counter-culture. Johnson brother: Criminal Made: Recognized

Only ancient slang can make young ladies blush and grannies laugh. Goog: Black eye Frail: Woman

Welcome to the Slangpedia entry on boyfriend! Beef: Problem Study up and make reservations to find out! Kiss: To punch House dick: House/hotel detective Lousy with: To have lots of, M From enforcing prohibition to keeping up with gangsters, coppers sure had their hands full during this decade! And she's been known to express admiration by telling someone, "I like the cut of your jib. Flimflam: Swindle Skate around: To be of easy virtue Shyster: Lawyer Take the time to explore slang from other eras. Now youre on the trolley!

Break it up: Stop that, quit the nonsense Punk: Hood, thug But many of us have our own sources for a word of the year -- our children.

Two bits: $25, or 25 cents, W Flivver: A Ford automobile Bangtails: Racehorses Dummerer: Someone who pretends to be deaf and/or dumb to appear a more deserving beggar Short for down to f**k (willing to have sex). Pins: Legs They were called the Roaring 20s because the Jazz Age was a fast time when juice joints were filled with molls and gold diggers in glad rags. Burn powder: Fire a gun Why? "No one calls it 'pot' or 'dope' any more," my older daughter scolded me, turning a good-decisions talk into a proper-language one. Piece: Gun Lammed off: Ran away, escaped Jagoff is derived from the Scots-Irish word jag, which means thorn or to be pricked. Which is exactly what a jagoff is: a thorn in your side, a person who wont stop needling you. Brace (somebody): Grab, shake up Case dough: Nest egg

Ing-bing, as in to throw an: A fit All due respect to the New Oxford American Dictionary, which last week named "unfriend" its 2009 word of the year. Look-out: Outside man Right: Adjective indicating quality Butter and egg man: The money man, the man with the bankroll, a yokel who comes to town to High Pillow: Person at the top, in charge Engaging in some kind of sexual activity. Crate: Car Paste: Punch Horn: Telephone Flippers: Hands "Sexiled" means put out of your dorm room because your roommate wants privacy with her boyfriend. Call 407-397-2378 for an Entertaining Cast Recorded Preview, Information and Reservations. Sting: Culmination of a con game My older daughter, for example, is fond of the word "hokum. In the 1960s, an Edgewater street gangchanged its name from the Thorndale Jarvis Organization to the Thorndale Jagoffs after reading a newspaper article in which a police officer called them a bunch of jagoffs. (See, you can print jagoff in the paper.) Red-light: To eject from a car or train Jobbie: Man Clammed: Close-mouthed (clammed up) Inappropriate slang usage opens you up to ridicule, as I was reminded when I jokingly ended a text message to my younger daughter with "Word. It's no more offensive than jerk or dunderhead.. Pittsburgh mayor Bill Peduto along with the Pittsburgh website lobbied the Oxford English Dictionary to include jagoff. The dictionary did so, identifying it as a word used chiefly in western Pennsylvania, and deriving from jackoff, perhaps influenced by jag. That doesnt seem quite right, because a jackoff abuses himself, while a jagoff abuses you. How can you say that some jagoffs in Pittsburgh invented the word jagoff! Yes! Skid rogue: A bum who can't be trusted Square: Honest Whether you're planning a flapper party, want to get more out of old gangster movies, or are just up for a laugh, 1920s slang will make you the niftiest sheik or sheba at the speakeasy. It is a private language shared by a community and sometimes incomprehensible to those outside it. Book Now. Hack: Taxi Texting terms that may be code for a parent is watching/listening: MOS (Mom Over Shoulder) A few years ago, the Chicago-based magazine Lumpen published a special issue entitled A Field Guide to Chicago Jagoffs.The list included Saul Bellow, the State Street Preacher, and former mayor Rahm Emanuel, who ran as a jagoff, was elected as a jagoff, served as a jagoff, and is now getting paid by ABC News to act as its House Jagoff, throwing wet blankets on liberal aspirations such as universal health care. Soup: Nitroglycerine Cat's Meow: Something splendid or stylish In Pittsburgh, quit jaggin around, means quit fooling around. Thats a little more innocent than Chicagos usage of the verb form. Sharper: A swindler or sneaky person Dogs: Feet Sign up to make the most of YourDictionary. Box: A safe or a bar Take the bounce: To get kicked out Cabbage: Money Take for a Ride: Drive off with someone in order to bump them off 2022 Capones Dinner and Show. Kitten: Woman Shylock: Loanshark Jagoff is the perfect insult it's full of hard, aggressive consonantsand sounds like a synonym for self-stimulation, but its actual origin is much more innocent. Swanky: Ritzy "It's 'weed.'". Bean-shooter: Gun

And as long as their parental students don't start calling anyone "dawg," "fam," or "cuz," they seem happy to do so. Hoofer: Dancer. Wooden kimono: A coffin Rattler: Train Crush: An infatuation. Fry: To be electrocuted Rappers: Fakes, set-ups

Bump off: Kill; also, bump-off: a killing You must be some special kinda JAGOFF! Yegg: Safecracker who can only open cheap and easy safes. Rub-out: A killing Rumble, the: The news, S Whether you focus on decades long in the past or if youre more interested in modern slang, theres always something new to learn when you start studying slang. Swell: Wonderful, T Croak: To kill Dip the bill: Have a drink Short for get naked on camera. (Used online or in text messages.). Not all slang of the 1920s tied directly to gangsters and law enforcement. Dope fiend: Drug addict Beezer: Nose Can you keep up with them? You just blew through a stop sign.. Hoosegow: Jail Box job: A safecracking The phrases of their time will someday sound as hoary as "groovy." Hinky: Suspicious Twist: Woman Copper: Policeman "Tight" means cool. Any JAGOFF knows that Jagoff is a Chicago word, any JAGOFF that says otherwise is a total JAGOFF! Whale: Heavy drinker The fairer sex wasnt the only one referred to by slang terms during the 20s. Kick off: Die Gams: A Woman's Legs Sucker: Someone ripe for a grifter's scam Big Sleep: Death Chinese squeeze: Grafting by skimming profits off the top Subscribe for free today! Gumshoeing: Detective work Large: $1,000; twenty large would be $20,000 Clean sneak: An escape with no clues left behind Shiv: Knife Electric cure: Electrocution Crab: Figure out

Rube: Bumpkin, easy mark Rock, the: Alcatraz So you think you have this 1920's slang down? Do the dance: To be hanged Cut down: Killed, D What does any of this mean, you may be asking? Juice Joint: The word also has a deep history in Chicago. My college junior daughter has also introduced me to the phrase "walk of shame." Many of these terms are harmless, but some arentso its important as a parent to stay on top of the latest lingo, particularly when its being used as code in texts and emails to hide things from prying adult eyes. Patsy: Person who is set up; fool, chump I disagree. Baby: A person, can be said to either a man or a woman The fourth estate, unfortunately, isn't always so keen on the term, or at the very least doesn't seem to understand its nuance.

Gun for: Look for, be after Cat: Man Using slang from a long time ago, you can get away with a whole lot more. Study up and make reservations to find out! Glad rags: Fancy clothes Breeze: To leave, breeze off: get lost Heeled: Carrying a gun Snitch: An informer, or to inform Paw: Hand Call copper: Inform the police Dick: Detective (usually qualified with "private" if not a policeman) Spill: Talk, inform JCFS Chicago is a partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community. If anyone complains about your language well, in Chicago, we have a word for people like that. A Spinach: Money