The Ultimate 1920s Slang Quiz

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The Ultimate 1920s Slang Quiz
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Hiya, Bazooka dee! What's the blow? Okay, those are actually made-up slang words that mean nothing to those in this decade or the 1920s. But if you want to learn actual slang of flappers and bootleggers, you've come to the right quiz.
If someone says "nerts!" to you, they're saying:
"Huh! Crazy!"
Kinda like, "nuts!"
"go to hell"
"I love you"

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What do you need if you ask for some clams?
actual clams
some money
But you might also need clams to buy clams.
prostitutes

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What's another '20s slang term for money?
cabbage
kale
both
The green stuff, ya know?

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What might an "embalmer" do in the 1920s?
embalm dead people
bootleg
both
Probably not at the same time, but "embalmer" was slang for a bootlegger.

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If you look spiffy, you look:
clean
real nice and elegant
Lookin' spiffy might require a bunch of cabbage.
drunk

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If something is ducky, it’s:
rotten
silly
great
Next time you have to give someone approval, tell 'em they're ducky.

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If your dogs hurt, you're feeling pain:
in your hands
in your feet
Oh, my poor dogs ache.
in your legs

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What's a 1920s term that means "woman?"
tomato
What a beautiful tomato, said no one.
glass
putter

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If you're stuck on somebody, you're:
You're literally stuck on them.
You're angry at them.
sweet on them
Hopefully you're sweet on somebody if you're stuck on them, too.

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If you tell someone they're all wet, you mean:
They're beautiful.
They're simple.
They're wrong.
It seems nicer than telling someone they're an idiot.

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If you order a brown plaid, you'll get:
a rare steak
a Scotch
There's no end to the slang for alcohol in the 1920s.
a warm beer

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What kind of a person would be called a bimbo in the 1920s?
a flaky woman
a tough guy
If you traveled back to the 1920s and called a silly woman a bimbo, it would be very confusing.
an old lady

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A palooka is:
a terrible boxer
a big oaf
both
Weirdly, it's based on a comic strip about a guy who was a good boxer.

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If you're annoyed with an insulting comment in the 1920s, you might retort:
"Buzzlepop"
"To the moon."
"So's your old man."
The phrase even became a title of a W.C. Fields film.

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A female bootlegger was called a:
boot lady
hoochie mama
snake charmer
I like hoochie mama better, but nobody asked.

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The term "milquetoast" came about in the 1920s because of a:
famous French flapper
a popular song
comic strip character
Caspar Milquetoast was a timid, bland guy.

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If you're on a toot, you're:
unemployed
with a ladyfriend
on a drinking binge
Being on a toot sounds way more fun that being on a bender.

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If someone tells you "don't take any wooden nickels," they mean:
don't spend too much money
don't be dumb
But also: please don't eat old mayonnaise.
don't eat old mayonnaise

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If you're wearing cheaters, you're wearing:
shoes
a bra
eyeglasses
Put those cheaters on to read the fine print.

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If everything is Jake, it's:
all fine
Jake is a-okay.
extremely messed up
terrible

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We all know the term "the cat's pajamas," but where did it come from?
Cats used to wear trendy sleepclothes pre-20th century.
Nobody really knows.
The bee's knees, the eel's ankles -- nobody really knows how they became slang for cool and stylish.
The term evolved from the phrase "the Queen Catherine's gown."

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What's another nonsense exclamation used in the 1920s?
"tellaguy!"
"gobbadoo!"
"horsefeathers!"
I bet if you yelled out "gobbadoo," everyone would know you were saying "malarkey!" though.

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Name "The Simpsons" quote that borrows from 1920s slang.
"Pray for Mojo"
"Now you're on the trolley!"
It means "you're on the right track."
"Don't have a cow, man."

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If someone says, "tell it to Sweeney" they mean:
tell it to someone more gullible than me
It later meant "make it simple to understand."
You're guilty.
go away

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A "sheik" was:
a rich man
an ambitious man
an irresistible man
Named after a Rudolph Valentino character.

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An especially excellent thing or person is:
a Darb
The origins of the term aren't clear, but tip your hat if someone calls you a Darb.
an egg
a fella

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What's another word that means "nonsense?"
doobledee
bushwa
Possibly a form of a similar-sounding swear word.
grippydoo

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If you cast a kitten, you:
throw a fit
Much like "having a cow," perhaps.
do something cute
nurse a black eye

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If you're at a blind pig, you're:
on a blind date
at a speakeasy
Much more fun than saying you're going to a bar.
having breakfast

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If you're zozzled, you're:
drunk
Zozzled just SOUNDS drunk, does it not?
insane
the best

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