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19 Old-Timey Slang Terms to Bolster Your Vocabulary

I recently picked up a copy of the Dictionary of American Slang (1967), and I can’t put it down. Here are some of the words and phrases I’ll be awkwardly shoehorning into conversation.

1. In the ketchup: Operating at a deficit
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2. John Hollowlegs: A hungry man [hobo use]
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3. Lobbygow: One who loafs around an opium den in hopes of being offered a free pipe
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4. Happy cabbage: A sizable amount of money to be spent on self-satisfying things
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5. Zib: A nondescript nincompoop
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6. Give someone the wind: To jilt a suitor with great suddenness
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7. The zings: A hangover
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8. Butter and egg man: A wealthy, unsophisticated, small-town businessman who tries to become a playboy, especially when visiting a large city
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9. Cluck and grunt: Eggs and ham
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10. Off the cob: Corny
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11. Dog robber: A baseball umpire
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12. Happies: Arch supporters [shoe salesman use]
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13. High-wine: A mixture of grain alcohol and Coca-Cola [hobo use]
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14. Flub the dub: To evade one’s duty
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15. Donkey’s breakfast: A straw mattress
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16. George Eddy: A customer who does not tip
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17. Wet sock: A limp, flaccid handshake
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18. Gazoozle: To cheat
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19. On a toot: On a drunken spree

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August 15th, 2012

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Stranger to the World

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