Thursday, May 27, 2010


Slang fresh from the doity (dirty) 1930's

Abyssinia       I'll be seeing you

Aces, snazzy, hot, nobby, smooth, sweet, swell, keen,       cool Very good

All the way       Chocolate cake or fudge with ice cream

All wet              No good

Ameche, horn, blower     Telephone

Apple        Any big town or city

Babe, broad, dame, doll, frail, twist, muffin, kitten Woman

Baby     Glass of milk

Bean shooter, gat, rod, roscoe, heater, convincer    Gun

Beat       Broke

Behind the grind     Behind in one's studies

Big house, hoosegow     Prison

Bleed          to extort or blackmail

Blinkers, lamps, pies, shutters, peepers    Eyes

Blow your wig     Become very excited

Booze, hooch, giggle juice, mule Whiskey   Alcohol

Brodie     A mistake

Brunos, goons, hatchetmen, torpedoes, trigger men   Hired gunmen and other tough guys

Bulge    Having the advantage

Bumping gums, booshwash    Talk about nothing useful

Butter and egg fly, hot mama, sweet mama, sweet patootie, dish, looker, tomato  An attractive woman

Butter and egg man    The money man, the man with the bankroll

Buzzer    Police badge

Cabbage, lettuce, kale, folding green, long green.    color of money

Cadillac     One ounce packet of cocaine or heroin

Canary   A female vocalist

Cats or alligators     Fans of swing music

Cave       One's house or apartment

Check or checker     A dollar

Chicago overcoat     Coffin

Chicago typewriter, chopper, gat "Tommy Gun",     Thompson Submachine Gun

Chisel      Swindle, cheat, work an angle

Cinder dick     Railroad detective

City juice, dog soup     Glass of water

Clam-bake     Wild swing

Clip joint     Night club or gambling joint where patrons get flimflammed

Copper   Policeman

Crumb    A fink, a loser by social standards

Crust   To insult

Curve    Disappointment

Cute as a bug's ear    Very cute

Dead hoofer or cement mixer     Bad dancer

Dick, shamus, gumshoe, flatfoot     Detective

Dig     Think hard or understand

Dil-ya-ble   A phone call

Dingy   Silly

Dizzy with a dame   Very much in love with a woman, sometimes at great risk to themselves, especially if she's someone else's moll

Dog house   String bass

Doggy    Well dressed but in a self conscious way

Dollface    Name for a woman when a man is pleading his case or apologizing

Doss  Sleep

Drilling, plugging, throwing lead, filling someone with daylight, giving someone lead poisoning   Shooting a gun (at someone)

Drumsticks, pins, pillars, stems, uprights, get away sticks, gams   Legs

Dukes, paws, grabbers, meat hooks     hands

Egg   A crude person

Egg harbor   Free dance

Eggs in coffee    Run smoothly

Evil   In a bad mood

Face   A Caucasian

Fem, filly, flame, flirt, fuss    Constant girl companion to a boy

Five spot, a Lincoln     $5 bill

Genius     An extremely, unbelievably, dumb persons

Gin mill   Place that serves liquor, sometimes illegally

G-man    Federal agent, term coined by Machine Gun Kelly

Gobble-pipe   Saxophone

Golddigger    Attractive young woman actively hunting for a rich man

Greaseball, half portion, wet smack, wet sock, jelly bean   Unpopular person

Grifter   A con man or woman

Gumming the works   To cause something to run less smoothly

Gunsel   Gunman with a hint toward being a reckless loose cannon or young homosexual (insult)

Hard boiled   Tough

Hocks, plates   Feet

Honey cooler   A kiss

Hop, rag, jolly up, romp, wingding   Dance or party

Hotsquat   Electric chair

House dick, house peeper    House detective

Joe   A average guy

Joed   Tired

Juicy   Enjoyable

K balling    Salvaging parts from junked rail cars to rebuild others

Keen   Very Good

Kibosh   Squelch

Kippy    Neat

Low down   All the information

Lunger    Someone with tuberculosis

Make tracks, dangle     Leave in a hurry, leave aburptly

Meat wagon   Ambulance

Micky, Micky Finn   Drink spiked with a knock out drugs

Mitt me kid!   Congratulate me

Nuts!    Telling someone they are full of nonsense

Okie   Migrant worker from Oklahoma

Off the cob    Corny

Packing heat, wearing iron   Carrying a gun

Pally    Friend, chum, sometimes used sarcasticly

Patsy     Innocent man framed for a criminal charge

Pill    Disagreeable person

Pip   Attractive person

Pitching woo,   making whoopee Making love

Platter  A record

Plenty rugged   Big and strong

Pachuco   Young Mexican living in the US

Ring-a-ding-ding    A good time at a party

Rot gut, bathtub gin  Prohibition alcohol usually made in back rooms and of low quality

Sawbuck   $10 bill

Scat singer    A vocalist who improvises lyrics, substituting nonsense syllables for words

Scrub   Poor student

Shake a leg    Hurry up

Skin tickler   A drummer

Slugburger   Adding day-old bread to ground beef.

Slip me five   Shake my hand

Smooth   Well dressed without qualification

Snipe   Cigarette

Sourdough   Conterfeit money

Speakeasy   Bar disguised as something else or hidden behind an unmarked door

Squat   Nothing

Stool pigeon, snitch   Someone who informs to the police

Suds, salad, dough, moolah, rhino, bacon (as in bring home the bacon), bread   Money

Take a powder, blow, split, scram, drift    Leave

Taking the rap, taking the fall    Taking responsibility for someone else's crime or crimes

The high hat     A response in which one excludes another with irreverence and intent to offend

The Kiss off   The final goodbye as in exile or death

Tin   Small change

Tin can, flivver    A car

Tin ear, Ickie   Someone who did not like popular music

Togged to the bricks    Dressed up

Trip for biscuits   A task that yields nothing

Twit   Fool or Idiot

Whacky    Crazy

What's your story, morning glory? What do you mean by that?

Wheat   Person unused to city ways

Yo!   Yes

You and me both   I agree

"You shred it, wheat"   You said it

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Someday's you just need a drink!



1 Part Rum

1 Part Vermouth

dash Angostura Bitters

Mixing Instruction

Pour the rum and vermouth into a cocktail glass. Sweeten to taste. Add a dash of Angostura bitters. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and a slice of orange.

Monday, May 24, 2010



After a  day or even a week of hard work, be it in the office or at home, our feet have been given the run around and need some reviving for the weekend especially if you plan to go out dancing!

What you need:

1 bowl or basin big enough for both of your feet.

2-3 cups of olive oil (warmed)

1/2 cup of coarse sea salt (Approx 1/4 cup for each foot)

1/4 cup of sweet almond oil with a few drops of peppermint essential oil or 1/4 cup of unscented lotion with a few drops of essential oil (optional)


Pillows, Music, and/or a book (Optional)


Heat the oil in the microwwave or on the stove until it is warm. Pour wamed olive oil over your feet in bowl/basin and soak for a few minutes. Take coarse sea salt and gently but firmly scrub your feet all over sloughing off the dead dry skin. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. For an additional pick me up, rub the sweet almond oil with peppermint all over you feet, prop you feep up on a pillow for half and hour and relax. You will be doing the Lindy Hop in no time!

Time Required: 1 hour ( 30 minutes for prep and treatment and 30 minutes of foot rest)

30 minutes (treatment only)