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Old 03-16-2012, 05:48 PM   #1
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Default The lost Model A vocabulary

I was thinking today about words and phrases that were common in the Model A era, and how they have all but disappeared from our everyday language. For example:

Tin Lizzy
Flivver
Oh You Kid!
Swell
So's yer old man
Flapper
Shingle-bob haircut
Jalopy
Bowler (hat)
Cat's Meow
Cat's Pajamas
Cat's Whiskers
Hootch
Gat
Spats
Swank (and Swanky)

I'm sure there are others. Anybody want to share what they remember?
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Old 03-16-2012, 05:54 PM   #2
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Jeepers creepers, where'd ya get those peepers?
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Old 03-16-2012, 06:06 PM   #3
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What about Daddy-O. Actually my daughter keeps that one alive. I'm always called Daddy-O.
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Old 03-16-2012, 06:51 PM   #4
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Hubba ,hubba .
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Old 03-16-2012, 07:09 PM   #5
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I'm much obliged sir.
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Old 03-16-2012, 07:26 PM   #6
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Gas is going to eighteen cents a gallon!
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Old 03-16-2012, 07:38 PM   #7
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Those are good. How about:
Gas war
Knickers
Newsboy
Golly!
Soda jerk
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Old 03-16-2012, 07:58 PM   #8
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Those are good. How about:
Gas war
Knickers
Newsboy
Golly!
Soda jerk
TURTLE SHELL (trunk)
TOE SACK
POKE (paper bag)(not poke salad)
FROG STICKER (cheap pocket knife)
SLOP BUCKET (kitchen wastes for the hogs)
SQUIRREL & DUMPLIN'S (delicacy!)
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Old 03-16-2012, 08:10 PM   #9
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Here is the definitive list: http://local.aaca.org/bntc/slang/slang.htm

There are some doozies in here!
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Old 03-16-2012, 08:36 PM   #10
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And then there's:
Hootenannay
Jittney Bus
Flim Flam Man
Dame
Boogie-Woogie
Hep Cat
Juke Joint
Vamp
Mickey-Finn
Moxie
Speakeasy
Dizzy with the Dames
Gin Joint
Hooch
Double Cross
Hotsy Totsy
Rot Gut Bathtub Gin
Pip
Scram
23-skidoo
Trip the light fantastic
G-Man
Flatfoot, Gumshoe
Peachy Keen
Clam-bake
Bee's Knees
On the lam
Spiffy
Nifty
Heebie-Jeebies
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Old 03-16-2012, 09:31 PM   #11
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How about "dear" meaning expensive or valuable?
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Old 03-16-2012, 11:37 PM   #12
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Here's another site;

http://www.sagedragonfly.com/sayings/1930s_slang.htm
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Old 03-17-2012, 12:09 AM   #13
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Those web sites are the berries! Just bully!
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Old 03-17-2012, 12:23 AM   #14
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HOT DOG!......Yowza,Yowza,Yowza !
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Old 03-17-2012, 01:08 AM   #15
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Gas is going to eighteen cents a gallon!

Gas was $.12 9/10 when I was in high school in the '60's.
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Old 03-17-2012, 01:58 AM   #16
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I remember pumping Esso Extra when it went to , 36.9 , I think reg. was 29.9 .

You could pump some in a glass jar and it looked like tea .
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I'll add "Please" and "Thank you" to the list, please.

Thank you!
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some day gas is gonna be fifty cents a gallon .
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Old 03-17-2012, 10:15 AM   #19
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some day gas is gonna be fifty cents a gallon .
Would that have been "Regular" or "Ethyl"?
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Old 03-17-2012, 11:44 AM   #20
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The cheapest gas that I remember here in Alabama, in the sixties was 29.9 regular, 31.9 ethyl. In 1972 gas prices dropped to a low of .25 cents per gallon. I remember filling several 55 gallon drums, because I didn't figure the low price would hold for long. The best that I remember, it stayed at 25 cents pe r gallon for over a year. At the time regular was 94 octain and ethyl was 100. I remember visable gas pumps in the very early fifties in remote places.
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