A few months ago my friend Esmeralda sent me this link from BoingBoing about an old issue of Flapper Magazine from 1922 that included a Flapper Dictionary. It was such a rad find, and I knew instantly that I needed to own something like this eventually.
So I was incredibly delighted when I recently found this vintage Flapper Dictionary by Richmond Novelty Company for a measly six smackers. The cover boasts that the contents inside are “words and terms used by the modern generation.”
It’s a funny little mini-mag with 10 pages of jazz-age slang definitions—all of which are both wonderful and hilarious. Here are my favorites:
APPLESAUCE: Anything not good. Blaah.
BARNEY MUGGIN: The business of making love.
BENT HAIRPIN: An old maid.
BOOBTICKLER: A young lady who entertains her father’s customers from out of town.
BUN DUSTER: Another name for Cake-Eater. [NOTE: Cake-Eater is not in the Flapper Dictionary, but I found the definition here.]
CAT’S CUFFS: A doubtful story.
CELLAR SMELLER: A young man who is always around when liquor is to be hand without cost.
CHERRY SMASHES: Kisses.
COFFIN: Any cola drink.
CRUMB GOBBLER: A cake eater or bun duster who makes a specialty of crashing in at teas.
DUCK’S QUACK: The best ever.
FIGLEAF: A one piece bathing suit.
FROG’S EYEBROWS: Nice, fine.
GOBBY: A dumbell who has no style, no pep, no nothing.
GUM DROP: A stingy person.
HOLY SMOKES: Probation officers who visit dance halls to make sure there is no improper dancing.
JUMPING TINTYPES: THe movies.
KIPPY: Neat and nice.
PRUNE PIT: Passe, way behind the times.
PUNCHING THE BAG: Talking your fool head off about nothing.
SMOKE EATER: A flapper with a strong appetite for cigarettes.
TABBY CAT: The one you hate the most.
TOMATO: A good looking girl who can dance like a blue streak, but is otherwise a perfect dumbell.
TURTLE’S TOES: A pleasant surprise.
WALLIE: A boy with patent leather hair.
WEATHER BUREAU: Fellow who breaks with a girl at various season, such as Easter, Christmas, etc.
WIND SUCKER: A Braggart.
WOOF! WOOF!: An expression of ridicule or indignation.
ZEBRA: A convict.