Tag: 1920s

1920s words include 'makeover' and 'it girl'.

20 words from the 1920s

The 1920s wasn’t just a period of decadence and flappers in a post-war haze of happiness. (‘Flapper’, by the way, emerged before the 1920s – lexicographer Allan Metcalf has nominated it as Word of the Year 1915.) While The Great Gatsby drew attention to a world of insouciant pleasure-seeking, the 1920s also saw plenty of […]

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The language of Prohibition-era gangsters: knowing your goons from your gumshoes

Although this blog has already covered a number of the interesting words and phrases associated with the speakeasies of 1920s and early 1930s America, the period still has a number of gems. As today marks the anniversary of the conviction of notorious Chicago-based gangster Al ‘Scarface’ Capone, what better reason to revisit some of the […]

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