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Can You Make It As A 1920s Flapper?

The 1920s is a time of fast cars, hot jazz and underground gin joints. Take the 1920s slang quiz to see if you know your onions, or are just a Debbie Downer?

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  1. What's a "manacle"?

    A boring person
    A wedding ring
    A flapper's mother
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    An engagement ring was called a "handcuff".

  2. What does "splifficated" mean

    Drunk
    High
    Happy
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Also, "zozzled" or "ossified".

  3. What's a "dapper"?

    A flapper's boyfriend
    A flapper's dad
    A flapper's haircut
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    No special names for are recorded flappers' mothers, though.

  4. What's a "gasper"?

    A car that doesn't run properly
    An elderly person
    A cigarette
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Also "ciggy".

  5. What is "Applesauce"?

    An expression of happiness
    An expletive
    An expression of surprise
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    As in, "Oh, applesauce!" Also, "Horsefeathers!"

  6. What is "barneymugging"?

    A new dance
    An expletive
    Sex
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Sexually liberated flappers also went to "petting" and "necking" parties.

  7. What's a "wurp"?

    A burp caused by alcohol
    A miserable person, a wet-blanket
    A dance move
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Also, a "Debbie Downer".

  8. What does "phonus balonus" mean?

    Nonsense
    An arrogant person
    Counterfeit goods
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Another way of saying "That's bull!"

  9. What's a "Sheba"?

    A cat
    An attractive woman
    A car
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    From the Clara Bow movie, "The Queen of Sheba"

  10. What does "bank's closed" mean?

    "I've no money"
    "Stop making out"
    "Get out of here"
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Those sassy flappers wouldn't take any applesauce!

  11. What's a "cancelled stamp"

    Counterfeit money
    A shy, lonely woman
    A divorced man
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Nowadays, we'd call her a "wallflower".

  12. What's a "Sheik"?

    A wealthy man
    A dance
    A man with sex appeal
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    From the Valentino movie of the same name.

  13. What is a "bluenose"?

    A killjoy
    An intellectual
    An insect
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Another term was "Mrs. Grundy".

  14. What is a "bimbo"?

    A macho man
    A foolish woman
    A little girl
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Did the 1920s lingo fool you?

  15. What does "whoopee" mean?

    To have sex
    To drink alcohol
    To have a good time
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Hence the famous 1920s phrase, "make whoopee".

Can You Make It As A 1920s Flapper?

A Debbie Downer.

You're still an Edwardian at heart! I bet you haven't even bobbed your hair or shed your corset yet. Never mind, grandma. If you can't keep up with the jazz age, you may still make a good maiden aunt.

A Debbie Downer.
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A bit of a bluenose

Come on, don't be such a cancelled stamp. Loosen your corset a little, learn some lingo, and embrace our new age.

A bit of a bluenose
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You've got flapper style!

You're walking the walk and talking (some of) the talk, but - by not talking about "manacles" and being ossified in polite society - you don't upset your Dapper and Mom. You're walking a fine line between being a modern girl and not giving your folks heart attacks. Well done.

You've got flapper style!
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Cool as Clara Bow

You've got the bobbed hair, the great dress, and your beads hang straight. And, even if they don't, you're just so irrepressibly *you* that the Shebas and Sheiks around don't care! You're just the bees knees.

Cool as Clara Bow
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You're the Cat's Meow!

You're stylish, chic and smart. Whether dancing the Charleston until dawn, or sipping a Between the Sheets, you're the Sheba every girl wants to be.

You're the Cat's Meow!
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