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1920s Slang That Needs To Make A Comeback

These phrases are the cat's pajamas.

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1. Attaboy!

Meaning: a declaration of praise for a close friend.

"Attaboy, Frank! Your investment in the stock market is sure to have you spinning nickels in no time!"

2. Gams

Meaning: legs (specifically a lady's)."Get a load of the gams on Louise! Her legs are like the stock market: They go up, up, up forever!"
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Meaning: legs (specifically a lady's).

"Get a load of the gams on Louise! Her legs are like the stock market: They go up, up, up forever!"

3. Spifflicated

Meaning: drunk.

"We got spifflicated at the gin joint and wisely invested all of our money in the stock market, whose roaring performance will surely continue well into the Roaring '30s, Roaring '40s, and the Money for Everyone '50s!"

4. The Cat’s Meow

Meaning: a person or thing that is extremely excellent."America's economic performance is the cat's meow!"
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Meaning: a person or thing that is extremely excellent.

"America's economic performance is the cat's meow!"

5. Giggle Water

Meaning: any drink with alcohol.

"Holy cats, my portfolio! And my bank just went out of business! Oh god, I just lost everything! I'm ruined! I need a giggle water, quick!"

6. Hayburner

Meaning: a horse that loses money for gamblers."That was my last dollar, you hayburner! I can't even afford a room at the men's hotel!"
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Meaning: a horse that loses money for gamblers.

"That was my last dollar, you hayburner! I can't even afford a room at the men's hotel!"

7. Applesauce!

Meaning: an expletive."There are no jobs anywhere! I've been cutting orphan paper all over town! And the trouble boys want me zotzed! Applesauce!"
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Meaning: an expletive.

"There are no jobs anywhere! I've been cutting orphan paper all over town! And the trouble boys want me zotzed! Applesauce!"

8. Clams

Meaning: money.

"How many clams can I get for selling my blood? I have a whole trench coat covered in the stuff right here."

9. Big Sleep

Meaning: death."Fake my own big sleep? It sounds crazy but I have nothing left to lose. I don't even have an insurance policy. I would just rather everyone think I were dead."
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Meaning: death.

"Fake my own big sleep? It sounds crazy but I have nothing left to lose. I don't even have an insurance policy. I would just rather everyone think I were dead."

10. Copacetic

Meaning: wonderful.

"This New Deal sure is copacetic! And now that everyone recognizes the wisdom of long-term economic planning, the economy will be copacetic forever!"

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