How well do you know Prohibition era lingo?

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Maria Trimarchi

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Which phrase means you're on the run from the police?

If you're on the run from the police, you're "on the lam."

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If you "got soaked with a bar rag" while "lapping" "hooch" at a "gin mill" last night, what happened?

If you "got soaked with a bar rag" while "lapping" "hooch" at a "gin mill" last night, you got tipsy drinking alcohol at the bar last night.

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What was not slang for a bar serving illegal alcohol?

Speakeasies, juice joints and gin joints were all slang for a bar serving illegal liquor. Bunk is not.

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Where are you if you're in the "cooler"?

If you're in the cooler, you're in jail.

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What name was coined for passengers who insist on giving unsolicited driving advice?

We still call passengers who give unsolicited advice about driving, navigation and anything else auto-related backseat drivers.

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Which was not slang for legs?

"Getaway sticks," "pins" and "stilts" are all slang for legs -- and so is "gams."

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What part of your body hurts when your "dogs are barking"?

When your "dogs are barking," your feet hurt.

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If you've ordered a cup of Joe and a sinker, what are you having with your coffee?

A cup of Joe and a sinker is '20s slang for coffee and a doughnut.

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What were "flappers" also known as?

Among other names, a "flapper" was also known as a "barlow," a "chicken" and a "jazz baby."

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What do you call a gangster's girlfriend?

A gangster's girl was called a "moll."

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If you're sitting next to a "smoke eater" at the bar, you're sitting next to whom?

If you're sitting next to a "smoke eater" at the bar, you're sitting next to a woman who smokes cigarettes.

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If you "know your onions," what do you know?

If you "know your onions," you know what you're talking about.

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Where are you if you're in the "hoosegow"?

If you're in the hoosegow, you're in jail.

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How do you refer to a man over age 30?

Once he's over 30, he's Father Time.

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What about a woman over the age of 30?

Over 30 and female? In the 1920s, they may have called you a "rock of ages."

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What's a half-smoked cigarette called?

A half-smoked cigarette is called a "dincher."

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What do you call a divorced woman who's trying (and failing) to look young?

She's a fire alarm.

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What does it mean if the conversation you struck up turns out to be just a lot of "static"?

Meaningless conversations are all just a bunch of "static."

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If someone wants to see your "handcuff," what do you show them?

If someone wants to see your "handcuff," they'd like to see your engagement ring.

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If engagement rings are "handcuffs," what are wedding rings?

Your wedding ring is a "manacle."

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If you're told your date is "a canceled stamp," what's wrong?

If she's a "cancelled stamp," she's shy.

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What does it mean when someone says they like your "kennels"?

Salvatore Ferragamo designed some beautiful kennels ... err, shoes. Kennels are a pair of shoes, for your dogs (feet).

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Who is a "drugstore cowboy"?

A "drugstore cowboy" is a sharp-dressed man who hangs around, hitting on women.

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What are you called if you are a flapper who can hold her liquor?

A young woman who could hold her liquor was called a non-skid.

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Which was not slang for money?

"Clams" and "cabbage" were both slang for money. "Fin" meant $5.

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If you're making "chin music," what are you doing?

You make "chin music" when you gossip.

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Which slang for the police gained popularity at the end of the decade?

Calling the police "the fuzz" began at the end of the 1920s.

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Which wasn't a male equivalent of the "flapper"?

Flippers, sharpshooters and sheiks were all terms for the male flapper. A "tabby cat" was not.

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What would a flapper have called a man from "the sticks" (a rural part of the country)?

In flapper-speak, a man from the country would be called "apple knocker," "hick" or "otis," just three of several names for those living outside urban areas.

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If you're taking a ride in your "breezer," what are you in?

Taking a ride in your "breezer" means you're out in your convertible.

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Which phrase doesn't mean the same as the others?

All of these are exclamations of something good, except "it's the bunk," which means you doubt it.

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If you want a nice "quilt" to warm you up, what do you want?

A "quilt" is an alcoholic drink to warm you up.

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What are you wearing if you're in a "fig-leaf"?

You're wearing a one-piece swimsuit if you're wearing a "fig-leaf."

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What's in your cup if you're drinking "noodle juice"?

If you're drinking a cup of "noodle juice," you're having a cup of tea.

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What might you be called if you're a good sport?

A"lalapazaza" is a good sport.

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Put down your dincher and giggle water and come with us back to when "bimbo" referred to a man, a "tomato" was a woman and a "wurp" was a buzzkill. It'll be the bee's knees. Ab-so-lute-ly.

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