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Slang

Blackguardiana

You can surely amuse yourself for hours reading this 1793 guide to rogues. And I think we should resurrect these old terms for modern times. For instance, if a woman is inconveniently pregnant, let us say she has "sprained her ankle."



Posted By: Paul - Sat Feb 18, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Crime, Eighteenth Century, Slang

1960’s Beatnik Glossary

Contributed by "hotsauce269".

Posted By: Alex - Fri Oct 28, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Languages, Slang, 1960s

To Gleep, Or Not To Gleep

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Many times, outsiders seeking to chronicle the language of a tribe are lied to. I suspect this was the case with this 1963 article on campus slang. While many of the terms are well-documented, I can find no online references to the act of "gleeping" and suspect some researcher was getting his leg pulled.

Or maybe the reporter felt it would be a prank to make something up and insert it and see if anyone noticed.

Posted By: Paul - Sun May 29, 2016 - Comments (9)
Category: 1960s, Universities, Colleges, Private Schools and Academia, Slang

Business name causes controversy

Right in the middle of charming little St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin (population 2000), Geoff Gorres and his business partners opened a gun store. Their choice of name: F-Bomb Ordnance.

Local residents aren't too happy about it, thinking it lowers the standards of the community to have the f-bomb "displayed prominently" on Main Street.

In response to the controversy, the owner says he may be willing to consider other options for signage, but he's definitely keeping the f-bomb name. More info: CBS (WCCO); The Sun.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Aug 07, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Odd Names, Signage, Slang, Swears

Oodles of Boodle and Batches of Scratch



Posted By: Paul - Fri May 29, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Music, 1950s, Slang

Know the language of drugs

From the Huron Daily Plainsman - May 28, 1971.

The Northwestern National Bank evidently thought it was important people know the correct terminology. Click the image for a larger version.
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Posted By: Alex - Mon Jan 27, 2014 - Comments (9)
Category: Drugs, 1970s, Slang

Linguistic advice from 1945


(found on "The Boys and Girls Page" distributed by the NEA Service, 1945)

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jul 24, 2013 - Comments (7)
Category: 1940s, Slang

How Beboppers Greet Each Other

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At least, this is how it was done according to Life magazine for October 11, 1948.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Mar 07, 2011 - Comments (5)
Category: Music, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1940s, Slang

Slang Riddle

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What slang sentence is indicated by this rebus?

Answer after the jump!




More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Tue May 11, 2010 - Comments (6)
Category: Money, Music, 1940s, Slang

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