Every Era has it’s Slang ~ 1930’s Slang Words #sweetandspicyromance #romance #historicalromance #amreading

While it was hard to put slang in a couple of my historical romance novels, one of them was not only an absolute must, but was some of the funnest writing I’ve done. One simply doesn’t write a novel set in the roaring 1920’s and not use the slang people spoke back then. It’s just not right. So, of course, I scoured several websites to find all that I could.

What did I find?

A list of words that part of me wishes we still used today. Seriously, some of these are just too perfect and utterly hilarious.

  • Apple  – “The big apple” (being New York) however the word “apple” referred to any big city in the 1930s
  • Big House – refers to a prison.
  • Blow your wig – to become very excited
  • Broad/dame/doll – the fairer sex; they simply referred to women.
  • Cadillac  – an ounce of cocaine or heroin.
  • Canary – a female singer.
  • Cats/alligators  – were fans of swing music.
  • Chicago Overcoat – a coffin
  • Chicago typewriter/chopper – the Thompson machine gun also known as “Tommy Gun.”
  • City Juice/Dog Soup – a cup of water.
  • Copper – police officer/cop
  • Dizzy with a dame – in love with a woman
  • Dough/Clams/Salad/Moolah – money
  • Gat/rod/heater/convincer – referring to a gun.
  • Hooch/Booze – alcohol
  • Hot mama/looker/dame/dish – good looking women.
  • Mitt me kid – congratulate me
  • Togged to the bricks – all dressed up
  • Trigger Men – hired gunmen.
  • Trip for biscuits – a task that will yield no results

For me personally, I think I will start using “togged to the bricks”, “trip for biscuits”, “mitt me kid”, and “blow your wig”. Those just seem to have the most charisma I think I’ve ever heard in a phrase. I have to say that 1929 was a great era to write about. I had a lot of fun not only writing the novel, but in doing the research. And of course, when you love the research, of course, it doesn’t feel like a job. I truly had a blast writing this novel and I hope that you have a blast when reading it.

3 thoughts on “Every Era has it’s Slang ~ 1930’s Slang Words #sweetandspicyromance #romance #historicalromance #amreading

  1. Ooh man, I just finished this novel and keep forgetting to do a review. I’ll get one up there eventually. Loved it, btw.

    Hey, I’m struggling with slang in the past. Here’s my dilemma: there are certain phrases we use now, or used when I was a kid, and I don’t know if they used them in the 1950’s. I tried to find out if they did, and I can’t find anything. For example, “pig out” or “freak out.” If they didn’t use those phrases, I want to find the phrase from then that meant the same thing.

    I hate research. I don’t know how you do it. 😛

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