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May 15, 2010

Slang Addicts Find Good News in New Dictionary

Gold Expressions, Underworld and War Terms Creep Into Good Usage, 1932 Editions Reveal.

The 1932 editions of dictionaries contain good news for slang-addicts, if they are inclined to express their moments of gaiety and hilarity with such exclamations as “whoopee” for henceforth this trite expression will be found in the better lexicons, and will not be considered as slang.

Golfers will be able to express their game in the good old lingo, and know they are above reproach, grammatically speaking, when they boast of the number of “birdies” and “eagles” credited to their score.

If you have a weakness for speaking in terms of gangland and the underworld, choose your words from the following list and know you will not stand correction, “blind pig” or “blind tiger”, “bootleg”, “gat”, “gyp”, “hijacker”, “hooch”, “hoosegow”, “monicker”, “racket”, “racketeer”, “rough-neck”, “rum-runner”, “speakeasy” and “punk.”

As an outgrowth of the World war we are permitted such words as “Bertha”, “Black Maria“, “buddy”, “Sammy” (A soldier of the United States) “war-bride”, “gob” and “No Man’s Land.”

League of Nations and Legionnaire also are included in the new books.

WOMEN weren’t forgotten when the new data was compiled for there are such words as “beauty shop”, “combination” (referring to an article of under-clothing) and “flapper.”

Moom-pitchers” come in for their share of free publicity too. Note the following words: “scenario”, “script”, “set”, “vampire”, “kleig light”, “photo-player” and “revue.”

Other words included in the new dictionaries are “booster”, “blimp”, “broadcast”, “Einstein Theory”, “jaywalker”, “flivver,” and “highbrow”, “intelligentsia”, “peeve”, “Schick test“, “Rhodes scholarship”, “weiner-wurst”, “crossword puzzle”, “robot”, “static”, “straw-boss”, “syndicate”, “Social Democratic party”, “Social Revolutionary Party”, “community chest”, “column” and “columnists”, “Soviet”, “traffic” and numerous others.

You may be a little disappointed not to find “jig-saw puzzle”, “hotcha-cha” and like phrases in the new make-up but the editors DID have to have some words left over for the next edition.

Mansfield News (Mansfield, Ohio) Feb 2, 1933