March252013
#1920s #lingo #slang – We’ve been brushing up on our 1920s lingo in preparation for the big event. We don’t want to get our knuckle sandwiches mixed up with our rag-a-muffins, and neither should you. So we put together this cheat sheet to keep us all on the same page come fight night.
ApplesauceAn expletive used when you don’t believe something, or think someone is ‘full of it’, as in, ‘Ah, Applesauce!’
Attaboy/AttagirlA term of encouragement, as in, ‘well done!’
BaloneyAn expletive used when you don’t believe something, or think someone is ‘full of it’, as in, ‘Ah, Boloney!’
Bee’s KneesAn extraordinary person, thing or idea, as in, ’She’s the bee’s knees!’
BeeswaxA term meaning ‘business’, as in, ’It’s none of your beeswax, buddy!’
Big CheeseThe most important person, or a boss, as in, “He’s the big cheese.”
BootlegIllegal liquor, specifically, but can be used to describe other stolen or illegally copied things.
Bum’s RushEjection by force from an establishment.
Cat’s Meow/Cat’s PajamasSomething splendid or stylish, similar to Bee’s Knees.
ClamSlang word for a dollar.
CopaceticTerm used to describe something that is wonderful, fine, or alright.
Dolled UpTo get dressed up in your best attire.
FisticuffsA term for a fight, or a boxing match.
Get A Wiggle OnSlang for ‘hurry up’.
Giggle WaterSlang for ‘alcohol’.
Glad RagsTerm to describe your best attire (going out clothes).
Hard BoiledA strong, tough guy or gal.
Heebie-JeebiesSlang for ‘the jitters’, nervousness, or being spooked.
HorsefeathersAn expletive used when you don’t believe something, or think someone is ‘full of it’, as in, ‘Ah, Horsefeathers!’
JointSlang for an establishment.
KisserSlang for the ‘mouth’.
Knuckle SandwichSlang for a punch to the face.
On the Up and UpSomeone or something that is legitimate, honest.
PalookaA below-average, or average boxer.
PugilistA term for a boxer.
Rag-a-muffinA dirty or disheveled person.
RazzTo make fun of.
Real McCoySomeone or something that is genuine, honest, a ‘stand up guy’.
RitzySomeone or something that is elegant, rich, or swanky.
SwellSomething or someone that is wonderful, as in, ’that’s swell’.
Take for a RideDescribes removing someone from a situation, usually physically, as in, ’I’m gonna take you for a ride, buddy!’
Wet BlanketSomeone who is solemn, a buzz kill, or killjoy.

#1920s #lingo #slang – We’ve been brushing up on our 1920s lingo in preparation for the big event. We don’t want to get our knuckle sandwiches mixed up with our rag-a-muffins, and neither should you. So we put together this cheat sheet to keep us all on the same page come fight night.

Applesauce
An expletive used when you don’t believe something, or think someone is ‘full of it’, as in, ‘Ah, Applesauce!’

Attaboy/Attagirl
A term of encouragement, as in, ‘well done!’

Baloney
An expletive used when you don’t believe something, or think someone is ‘full of it’, as in, ‘Ah, Boloney!’

Bee’s Knees
An extraordinary person, thing or idea, as in, ’She’s the bee’s knees!’

Beeswax
A term meaning ‘business’, as in, ’It’s none of your beeswax, buddy!’

Big Cheese
The most important person, or a boss, as in, “He’s the big cheese.”

Bootleg
Illegal liquor, specifically, but can be used to describe other stolen or illegally copied things.

Bum’s Rush
Ejection by force from an establishment.

Cat’s Meow/Cat’s Pajamas
Something splendid or stylish, similar to Bee’s Knees.

Clam
Slang word for a dollar.

Copacetic
Term used to describe something that is wonderful, fine, or alright.

Dolled Up
To get dressed up in your best attire.

Fisticuffs
A term for a fight, or a boxing match.

Get A Wiggle On
Slang for ‘hurry up’.

Giggle Water
Slang for ‘alcohol’.

Glad Rags
Term to describe your best attire (going out clothes).

Hard Boiled
A strong, tough guy or gal.

Heebie-Jeebies
Slang for ‘the jitters’, nervousness, or being spooked.

Horsefeathers
An expletive used when you don’t believe something, or think someone is ‘full of it’, as in, ‘Ah, Horsefeathers!’

Joint
Slang for an establishment.

Kisser
Slang for the ‘mouth’.

Knuckle Sandwich
Slang for a punch to the face.

On the Up and Up
Someone or something that is legitimate, honest.

Palooka
A below-average, or average boxer.

Pugilist
A term for a boxer.

Rag-a-muffin
A dirty or disheveled person.

Razz
To make fun of.

Real McCoy
Someone or something that is genuine, honest, a ‘stand up guy’.

Ritzy
Someone or something that is elegant, rich, or swanky.

Swell
Something or someone that is wonderful, as in, ’that’s swell’.

Take for a Ride
Describes removing someone from a situation, usually physically, as in, ’I’m gonna take you for a ride, buddy!’

Wet Blanket
Someone who is solemn, a buzz kill, or killjoy.

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