hipster speak


Peel your ears (1) and get this, nickel rats (2). Some nighthawk (3)has been using his noggin (4) so much that rather than hittin’ the hop(5) they’ve compiled a collection of the best US slang from the 1920s to the 1960s. So grab a flop (6), chill your chat (7) and learn how to talk like a real hipster. Or something.

BARBECUE

A hot-looking lady.

CHICAGO OVERCOAT

Coffin.

CHICAGO LIGHTNING

Gunfire.

DEAD SOLDIERS

Empty beer bottles.

DIME DROPPER

An informer (someone who drops a dime in payphone to call the cops).

FACE LIKE A RUSSIAN FLAG

Embarrassed, ie red.

FREE TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT

Out of work, unemployed.

HAEMOPHILIA OF THE LARYNX

A blabbermouth.

HARLEM SUNSET

Knife wounds.

HAVE ONE ON THE CITY

Drink some water.

KNOW YOUR GROCERIES

Be hip, aware, alert to the situation.

OLD ENOUGH TO VOTE

Vintage liquor or wine.

PREPARING BAIT

Putting on makeup.

ROUNDHEELS

Party girl (deriving from a supposed natural ability to regularly fall over backwards).

SINHOUND

A priest.

SNIFFING ARIZONA PERFUME

Going to the gas chamber.

STRAIGHT FROM THE FRIDGE

Cool. Obviously.

TAKEN OFF THE PAYROLL

Killed/assassinated.

THAT VIBRATES ME

I’m impressed, I really like it.

VOMIT ON THE TABLE

Speak up.

YOUR ROOF IS LEAKING

You’re a bit crazy.

Intro footnotes…

1 Listen up 2 You cheap crooks 3 Late-night person

4 Brain 5 Doing drugs 6 Have a sit down 7 Shut up

The third edition of Straight From The Fridge, Dad by Max Décharné is out now (No Exit Press)

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