Monday, July 9, 2012

Tapestry of Words By Karen Michelle Nutt

You may be able to hide your age with hair color and cosmetics, but your words will give your age away every time. Take journey through the years and see if you recognize a few words or phrases we still use today. To make it easier, the words in bold are the popular words for the era. Scroll down for the answers. 
Have fun!
Guess what era each of these skits are from:
Skit One:
Fred: “Don’t get yourself dizzy with that dame.
George. “Who me? I ain’t nuts. The moll don’t mean nothin’ to me. Granted she is cute as a bug.
Fred: “Do you think these blinkers are blind? I saw her give you a honey cooler back there.”
George. “Yeah, well can I help it I’m a pip?"
Skit Two: 
Sandy: “Wow! I thought Ted would go ape when he had to hand over the pinks.”
Beth: “Me, too. No one expected the duck butt to have it in him. The tank didn’t look like much. It has to be souped up somehow.”
Sandy: “Who cares? He won. I’m going to go congratulate the cat on winning the drag race.”
Beth: “Hey, don’t get kookie. He’s not worth a back seat bingo, if you know what I mean."

Skit Three:
Sam: "He sure is cutting a swell with the Mary Sue."
Mitch: “Well, he better skedaddle when Luke get’s here. That there is his gal.”
Sam: “He won’t know. He’s off on another bender with his bottles of Apple Jack. Mary Sue deserves better than that deadbeat.”

Skit Four:
Sally: “How’d the blind date go?
Cindy: “Well, I won’t be carrying a torch.
Sally: “I take it he wasn’t the Bee’s knees.”
Cindy: “Not even close. It’s a good thing I thought to take my cheaters with me. The palooka tried to slip the hair of the dog in my java.
Sally: “That’s balled up.”
Cindy: “Well, he figured out I was no Dumb Dora when I punched him one in the kisser.

Skit One: 1930s
Dizzy with that Dame:very much in love with a woman, sometimes at great risk to themselves, especially if she's someone else's moll.
Nuts: telling someone they are full of nonsense
Moll: Gangsters girlfriend
Cute at a bug: Very cute
blinkers: eyes
honey cooler: kiss
Pip:Attractive person

Skit Two: 1950s
Go ape: get mad
The pinks: pink slips
Duck Butt: Hairstyle of greasers where hair in back is combed to the middle, then with end of comb, make a middle part.
Tank: A large sedan (usually driven by parents)
Souped up: A car modified to go fast
Cat: A hip person
Drag: A short car race
Kookie: Nuts, in the nicest possible way.
Back seat bingo: Necking in a ca

Skit Three: Western
Cutting a swell: present a fine figure.
Skeddadle: run like hell.
Bender: drunk
Apple Jack: A liquor distilled from cider, also called cider brandy.
Deadbeat: bum, layabout, useless person.

Skit Four: 1920s
Blind date-going out with someone you do not know
Carrying a Torch-to have a crush on someone
Bee's Knees-an extraordinary person, thing, idea; the ultimate
Cheaters- glasses
Palooka- a below-average or average boxer 
Hair of the dog-a shot of alcohol
Java- coffee
Balled up-confused, messed up
Dumb Dora- a stupid female
Kisser: mouth

How'd you do? Did you recognize all the phrases and words or were there a few you didn't recognize?


Maddy said... Best Blogger Tips

Clearly it's not just our clothes and hairstyles that date us.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips


Isn't that the truth. lol
Thanks for coming by. :)

Nancy Jardine said... Best Blogger Tips

I was pretty accurate with them, Karen, although I guess i cheated with 'the Western' one. i guessed at the 1890s or so???? Good fun to do and particular words definitely date writing!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Nancy,

Thanks for coming by for a visit. Aren't words fun! :)

Sarah J. McNeal said... Best Blogger Tips

Ha ha I got some of them but missed the western one--thought that was how people talk now.
A very entertaining blog today, Karen.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Sarah,

Yeah, some of those western words have hung on.

Thanks for coming by for a look :)

Calisa Rhose said... Best Blogger Tips

I got a few but mostly missed the dates on all of them. lol

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Calisa,

Glad you could pop in to play. I had fun putting this together. :)