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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"?

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

    An engagement ring was called a "handcuff".

  2. What does "splifficated" mean

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    Drunk
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    Incorrect
    High
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    Incorrect
    Happy
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Also, "zozzled" or "ossified".

  3. What's a "dapper"?

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

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

  4. What's a "gasper"?

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

    Also "ciggy".

  5. What is "Applesauce"?

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

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

  6. What is "barneymugging"?

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    Incorrect
    A new dance
    Correct
    Incorrect
    An expletive
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    Incorrect
    Sex
    Correct!
    Wrong!

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

  7. What's a "wurp"?

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

    Also, a "Debbie Downer".

  8. What does "phonus balonus" mean?

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    Incorrect
    Nonsense
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    Incorrect
    An arrogant person
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    Incorrect
    Counterfeit goods
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Another way of saying "That's bull!"

  9. What's a "Sheba"?

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    Incorrect
    A cat
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    Incorrect
    An attractive woman
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    Incorrect
    A car
    Correct!
    Wrong!

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

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

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

    Those sassy flappers wouldn't take any applesauce!

  11. What's a "cancelled stamp"

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

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

  12. What's a "Sheik"?

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

    From the Valentino movie of the same name.

  13. What is a "bluenose"?

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    Incorrect
    A killjoy
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    Incorrect
    An intellectual
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    Incorrect
    An insect
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Another term was "Mrs. Grundy".

  14. What is a "bimbo"?

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

    Did the 1920s lingo fool you?

  15. What does "whoopee" mean?

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

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

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