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15 Old-Timey Slang Words We Should Bring Back Immediately

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

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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."

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.

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.

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