Long ago in a faraway land, when someone said, “I’m so gay!” you knew they were having a good day. Or people exclaimed, “Oh golly gee!” instead of “WTF!” When food was hot, and not a way to describe an attractive woman. When being sick meant you were stuffy and achy.
Every generation and era has its own lingo, slang, and catchy phrases. Sometimes the words have a long life, and sometimes they are short lived and soon forgotten. Often new generations invent their own, and the previous are rarely ever used again.
I often utilize words that people give me strange looks for, or just plain have to ask what they mean. Some I use frequently, others I’m on a campaign to use more and resurrect in general. They either have a nice ring to them, or I just have an aversion to using the contemporary equivalent. Mostly they’re just fun to use and say, with a lusciously fulfilling impact.
Probably my favorite, is blotto. As in, “You were incredibly blotto last night after your ten drinks.” Along those lines, “How did you get so stinko!” Another great one to utilize when you’re out with a stumbling friend. While you’re blotto though, make sure you don’t go showing your scanties to everyone. Your underthings should be just that, not being flashed from under a skirt while getting in and out of cars, or peeking out of your pants when you bend over. Then again, I’ll just be thankful if people even have their scanties on in these situations. Zoinks! A floozy probably doesn’t wear her scanties. (Another deliciously illustrating word: harlot.) Those seem to have much more zing to them, than contemporary terms. You’ll probably find plenty of harlots in seedy clubs and areas of town. Probably the same areas of town where the hooligans hang out making a ruckus.
I suppose encouraging insults at people isn’t the greatest, but sometimes, certain words are the only ones that will work. I feel like pill is a good one that needs to be infused into usage. Such as, “Why does he have to be a pill all the time?” If you’ve ever watched Leave It to Beaver, they were notorious for well-placed name calling. I love when Beaver vehemently says to Wally, “You’re a dirty rat!” Rat is such a simple yet effective word. Another good one, creep. Beaver (I’m sure more than once) says to Eddie Haskell, “You’re a real creep, Eddie!” Other especially descriptive words: crummy, grubby, and clobber (“I’m going to clobber you!). And if you really need to dispense a verbal jolt , “You’re a creepy, crummy rat!” I find pills, rats, and creeps incredibly vexing .
I, personally, am not one to curse much. Sometimes, if I’m telling a story or if I’ve been really, really upset, an obscene utterance will find its way out of my mouth, but for the most part my vocabulary is very PG-13. A commanding “Curses!” works wonderfully for me. Also a well-placed applesauce or horsefeathers does the trick. When something doesn’t go your way, “Ah, horsefeathers!” I find both of these expletives from the 1920s charming.
You have to have some expressive words for the good things, as well. Swell is a favorite of mine. “Gee, wasn’t that burger and shake we shared swell?” If you get asked to do something, “That sounds swell to me!” Just as resounding, “That sure would be keen.” Or how about “Wow, that’s a snazzy shirt you’re wearing!” Or try something like, “I’d fancy a cup of tea.”How about the word becoming? This is one I really love. “That color is so becoming on you.” Or, “that dress really becomes you.” Equally delightful and colorful are bee’s knees and cat’s meow. As in, “You’re the bee’s knees!” Both meaning “the height of excellence.” The 1920s were wonderfully imaginative and outrageous with their sayings. Gotta love it.
What ever happened to being courted? A man courts a woman, they have a courtship, he takes the time to woo her. This treatment makes a woman swoon. (I swoon every chance I get. I even swoon for ice cream, or mustard.) But watch out, in case he gets fresh (unless, of course, you want him to!). Maybe he just can’t resist you because you have the best set of gams he’s laid eyes on. Like, “Betty Grable had quite a set of gams,” which is why they called her the “Girl With The Million Dollar Legs.”
Try interjecting some of these mostly forgotten words or phrases into your everyday conversations. See what kind of responses you get, if anyone knows what you’re talking about, and how many people around you start using them. Of course, you may just get perplexed looks or the occasional, “Are you feeling well?” Either way, it’s fun, give ’em a try!
*Couple with shake courtesy: http://jsmagic.net