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Containing thousands of examples of hipster slang drawn from pulp novels, classic noir and exploitation films, blues, country, and rock ’n’ roll lyrics, and other related sources from the 1920s to the 1960s, Straight from the Fridge, Dad is the perfect guide for all hep cats and kittens. Think of it as a sort of Thirty Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary for the beret-wearing, bongo-banging set. Solid, Jackson.
A-Bomb juice Moonshine liquor
A-OK Fine, all in order, just right
A double this time, waiter. Your singles keep leaking The correct way to order drinks From Ocean's Eleven, the novel of the film screenplay, George Clayton Johnson and Golden Russell, 1960
A Shape in a drape Someone who looks good in clothes, is sharply dressed
Abyssinia See you later (I'll be seein' ya.)
Ace 1. Something superlative, the top
2. One dollar
3. A marijuana cigarette
4. A policeman
"'Who's chasin' you, Frankie?"
The aces. They're goin' to pin the sluggin' on me.' "
From the novel The Man with the Golden Arm, Nelson Algren, 1949
5. "An outstanding, regular fellow."
From the booklet The Jives of Doctor Hepcat, Lavada Durst, 1953
Ace in the hole Something in reserve, an advantage, secret weapon, deriving from cardplayers having an ace up their sleeve See the jazz recording Ace in the Hole, The Black Diamond Seranaders, 1926.
Ace out Cheat, defraud
Aces up Something mighty fine, excellent
Action What's happening,
e.g., "Where's the action, pops?"
Adobe dollar Mexican peso
Age of pain Prohibition, the time of the 18th Amendment, which lasted from January 1920 until December 1933
Agitate the gravel Leave, depart, vamoose
Ain't no sin to take off your skin, and dance around in your bones Enjoy yourself, get with it, relax.
Ain't nothin' you can tell me I don't already know I'm right, you're wrong, shut up.
Alabama lie detector Police baton
All broke out with the blues Depressed, low-down
All creeped up Scared, apprehensive, frightened
All-electric Far better looking than the average
"Ordinarily, too, I am not a guy who goes ga-ga on lamping a babe, even though, like this one, she makes it appear that other gals run on gas and she's an all-electric." From the novel Slab Happy, Richard S. Prather, 1958
All gone Drunk, intoxicated
All over them like a cheap dog suit Sticking really close to someone,
e.g., "That guy at the dance was all over my sister like a cheap suit."
All sharped up Well dressed, suavely turned out
All shook up Disturbed, hopped up, excited, real gone
"Cool down Eve, you look all shook up." From the novel Scandal High, Herbert O. Pruett, 1960
All steamed up like a pants presser Sexually excited
All wet Disappointing, worthless
Alligator 1. Down Beat's Yearbook of Swing, 1939, lists this as "a swing fan who plays no instrument, or musician who frequents places where orchestras are playing."
2. Hipster term of address, often shortened to "gator." Similar in meaning to "cat" or "hepcat"
Already slated for crashville Out of control e.g., "We could see that the car was already slated for crashville."
Alreet In order, fine, very good
Alroot See "alreet."
Alvin A rube, a sucker, an easy mark
Amscray Run away, leave (pig latin for "scram")
Ankle To walk
Ants in my pants Sexually excited
"I'm gonna hug you baby good and tight, now love me baby like you done last night, cause I got ants in my pants,
baby for you . . ." From the blues recording Ants in My Pants, Bo Carter, 1931
Anywhere Possessing drugs,
e.g., "Is you anywhere?" (Do you have any?) From the autobiography Really the Blues, Mezz Mezzrow and Bernard Wolfe, 1946
Applesauce Flattery, insincere praise, a load of old flannel;
e.g., "Don't hand me that applesauce, Pops."
Ark "Dance hall, coliseum, any building for dances, meetings, etc." From the booklet The Jives of Doctor Hepcat, Lavada Durst, 1953
As bare as hell's backyard Completely empty
As busy as a one-legged tapdancer Extremely busy
As dead as five-cent beer Dead and buried
As drunk as two sailors Soused, plastered, three sheets to the wind
As full as a pair of goats Totally drunk
"Before long we were as full as a pair of goats." From the short story The Golden Horseshoe, Dashiell Hammett, 1920s
Ashes Having sex e.g., "Getting your ashes hauled."
"She said I could haul her ashes better than any other man, she said I could sow my seed anytime in her ash can."From Ash Can Blues, Bob Clifford, c. 1930
"I worked all winter and I worked all fall, I've gotta wait until spring to get my ashes hauled." From the blues recording Tired As I Can Be, Bessie Jackson (Lucille Bogan), 1934
See also Alleyman (Haul My Ashes), Sadie Green, 1926 and Looking for My Ash Hauler, Washboard Sam, 1937.
Axe Musical instrument
Posted January 4, 2002
If you ask me, this book just didn't quite come together. It appeared confusing and lacked direction. I could't get to the point fast enough and ended up giving up.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.