15 Old-Timey Slang Words We Should Bring Back Immediately

Trust me, these slang words from the 20th century are pretty jake.

1. Snootful: the amount of alcohol it takes to get drunk

This somewhat imprecise term first appeared in the OED in 1918. Imagine getting to have this conversation: “How much did you drink last night?” “Pretty much a snootful.”

2. Peanutty: small, child-like, trivial

“Peanutty” as an adjective meaning something closer to “petty” than “having the taste of peanuts” was first cited in the OED in 1922.

3. Hotsy-totsy: appropriate, just right; later: pretentious or snobbish

First cited in the OED in 1924, hotsy-totsy has meant a few different things.

4. Palooka: clumsy, loutish person

The term “palooka” was first cited in the Oxford English Dictionary in 1920, and was also used as the surname for a comic book character created that year.

5. Skosh: a little bit

This noun, first cited in the OED in 1959, is taken from the Japanese word “sukoshi” meaning “a little.”

6. Tickety-boo: correct, okay

This sprightly adjective was first cited in the OED in 1939.

7. Bippy: buttocks, ass

First popularized by the TV show Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, in which “you bet your sweet bippy” was a catchphrase, this fun little word first appeared in the OED in 1968.

8. Twitterpated: lovestruck, foolish

Well, this one has a special new relevance! The adjective was first cited in the OED in 1942.

9. Nastygram: an angry, insulting missive

Another word with potential new social media relevance, “nastygram” was first cited in the OED in 1966.

10. Judder: a verb that (probably) combines “shudder” and “jitter”

This term, first cited by the OED in 1931, is so good and descriptive!

11. Yegg: burglar, safecracker

This term, first cited in the OED in 1903, is thought to be taken from an American thief from the era, though that theory hasn’t been confirmed.

12. Noodge: to pester, nag

This word (borrowed from Yiddish, where it’s still common) was first cited in the OED in 1960.

13. Himbo: male version of “bimbo;” an attractive, spacey man

This word, first cited in the OED in 1988, is delightful. HIMbo.

14. Cerealist: one who partakes in the popular all-cereal diet (!)

Appearing in the OED in 1905, which was apparently a magical year for everyone, is the word “cerealist,” which reflected the popularity of the all-cereal “health fad” from that year.

15. Jake: cool, excellent

This term, first cited in the OED in 1914, knows we always need another word for “cool.”

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