Slang

Some of the catchy phrases of the 1940’s are still in use today. Others have faded into obscurity and aren’t heard any more. The ones that are familiar to modern day people aren’t defined, unless their meaning has changed over the years.

Able Grable – a cute girl

active duty – sexually promiscuous young man

alligator – a swing fan or dancer

ameche – to telephone

b.y.t. – bright young thing

barouche – jalopy

brainchild

bunny – to chat

cast an eyeball – to look around

city slicker

corny

creep

dig

dilly – cute girl

doll dizzy – girl crazy

drooly – cute guy

eager beaver

Fifth Avenue – high class

frolic pad – night club

fuddy duddy

gobbledygook

gone with the wind – to run off (with the money)

grandstand

grotty – new yet useless

hi-de-ho – hello

in cahoots with

kicks – shoes

lettuce – money

old hat

pass the buck

pennies from heaven

share crop – sexually promiscuous young woman

smooth

togged to the bricks – wearing the best clothing

void coupon – unattractive girl

Slang

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