1930's Slang

Kaylee Welt

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The 1930's

In the early 1930's, it was very chaotic here in America, especially being that the Great Depression had just begun. Due to historic events, the twentieth century in the United States of America had impacted many things such as culture, economy, political and social life, and also language. Both World War I and II, and slavery had largely affected the language and vocabulary.


The definition of slang, according to the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, is "very formal usage in vocabulary and idiom that is characteristically more metaphorical, playful, vivid, elliptical, and ephemeral than ordinary language". So basically slang is nonstandard, informal phrases and words. If you use slang, you've got an advantage. With slang you have options, you could be extremely nice or extremely mean. You could also sound either very intelligent or just straight up like an idiot.
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Slang Elliott should use

Abercrombie- A know it all

Ameche, horn, blower- Telephone

Behind the grind- Behind in one's studies

Blow your wig- Become very excited

Bumping gums, booshwash- Talk about nothing useful

Crust- To insult

Curve- Disappointment

Dead hoofer, cement mixer- Bad dancer

Dil-ya-ble- Phone call

Dingy- Silly

Doss- Sleep

Egg- A crude person

Hard boiled- tough

Hocks or plates- Feet

The Great Depression

Thursday, Aug. 1st 1929 at 12am

United States

The Great Depression had a large impact on slang in the 30's.
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The Great Depression had a hard hit on the use of slang in the 1930's. Unemployment lead to no money, no money lead to no education and living in the streets. As we've seen in Detroit, people who live in the streets begin to make up their own language to communicate with other homeys. This is only one example of how to use of slang increases.

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Women were often referred to as "dames"

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