Can You Decipher 1920’s Slang?

You might be surprised how much 1920's slang has carried over into our modern dialogue. Not all of it, of course - some may still seem super weird! How much can you identify? Take our quiz to find out!
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What does "Baloney" mean?
nonsense
ultimate
disgusting
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What does "And How" mean?
How are you?
I strongly agree!
You're the worst!
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What are "Gams"?
annoying people
a woman's legs
sour meats
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What does "pipe down" mean?
be quiet
leave alone
light on fire
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What does "On the lam" mean?
being nearly bankrupt
running from the police
being on hard drugs
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What does "Ritzy" mean?
irresponsible
afraid
elegant
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What is a "Wet Blanket"?
a killjoy
an illegal citizen
life of the party
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What does "Cat's Meow" mean?
something smelly or nauseating
something splendid or stylish
something angry or aggressive
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What does "Doll" mean?
a fake girl
a massive liar
an attractive girl
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What is a "Fly boy"?
a garbage man
an aviator
a smelly guy
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What does "Hair of the Dog" refer to?
marijuana
tobacco
alcohol
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What does "Shiv" mean?
knife
gun
spear
Result
Well, the 1920's were almost one hundred years ago, so we don't think anyone can particularly blame you for this score. If it were slang from the last few decades, this would be a bit harsher, but you definitely get a pass in this scenario.

C+, Terrible at the 20's

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You missed some of the really tough ones on this quiz, but that's totally understandable. This isn't slang from last week, last year, or even the last several decades. This is slang from almost one hundred years ago. So your score is impressive here, despite not being perfect. Good work!

B+, Twenties Translator

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Now THAT was an impressive showing. It's one thing to know slang from the era you were raised in, but to know slang from nearly one hundred years ago is an entirely different beast. You've really shown the range of your intelligence here. Great work!

A+, Slang Superstar

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1
What does "Baloney" mean?
nonsense
ultimate
disgusting
2
What does "And How" mean?
How are you?
I strongly agree!
You're the worst!
3
What are "Gams"?
annoying people
a woman's legs
sour meats
4
What does "pipe down" mean?
be quiet
leave alone
light on fire
5
What does "On the lam" mean?
being nearly bankrupt
running from the police
being on hard drugs
6
What does "Ritzy" mean?
irresponsible
afraid
elegant
7
What is a "Wet Blanket"?
a killjoy
an illegal citizen
life of the party
8
What does "Cat's Meow" mean?
something smelly or nauseating
something splendid or stylish
something angry or aggressive
9
What does "Doll" mean?
a fake girl
a massive liar
an attractive girl
10
What is a "Fly boy"?
a garbage man
an aviator
a smelly guy
11
What does "Hair of the Dog" refer to?
marijuana
tobacco
alcohol
12
What does "Shiv" mean?
knife
gun
spear