Quiz: Can You Guess the Meanings of These Old-Timey Phrases?
Can You Guess the Meanings of These Old-Timey Phrases?
By: J. Reinoehl
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About This Quiz

Calling all etymology lovers! Slip me some skin before we go on this idiom adventure! Do you know or remember what “fat city” means? How about the term “nosebleed?” What does saying that you’re a monkey’s uncle mean? Think you know the answer to these questions? Even if you don’t we hope this quiz gives you a blast from the past. It’s no skin off our teeth if you learn something, too!

Just to set the record straight, we know slang changes over time. That’s why this quiz focuses on slang from yesteryear. Some slang, like “nerd,” has continued into our vocabulary today (single-minded expert in a technology field). Other phrases, like “jacked up,” used to mean one thing (a raised car) and now mean something very different (not working as intended; or high on drugs or drunk). And other phrases like “flutter bum” have faded into oblivion (handsome guy).

There are plenty of slang phrases here to test your knowledge so put the pedal to the metal and burn rubber. This “Can You Guess the Meanings of These Old-Timey Phrases?” quiz is here to discover what you know about the slang of the past.  Don’t be a party pooper! Take this quiz and then challenge your friends to beat your score!

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