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1920's Speakeasies, political and social gatherings of the 1920's

By Julia Doherty
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By Julia Doherty and Danielle Olsen 1920's Speakeasies and language of the 1920's. 1920's Speakeasies speak·eas·y [speek-ee-zee]
noun, plural speak·eas·ies.
a saloon or nightclub selling alcoholic beverages illegally, especially during Prohibition. These underground saloons made a lot of business. Keeping them supplied were thousands of rumrunners, bootleggers, and beer barons, who were forced to work beyond the law. Rivalries and differences between the bootleggers often resulted in open warfare and gangland murders. Thanks to wartime technology, they had new and deadly weapons at their disposal, such as hand grenades, handy for blowing up the competition, not-to-mention machine guns and faster getaway cars. Most of the liquor traffic fell into the hands of gangsters, like Al Capone. Speakeasies were secretive among other types of businesses used to illegally sell alcoholic beverages during Prohibition. Most of the time they were very plain on the outside, and were sometimes even located behind the storefront of another business. You needed a secret password or knock to get in. Some speakeasies were similar to today’s clubs, with singing and musical performances. But the type of music was different, not "club" music but Jazz. Some of the greatest jazz artists of the time were Louis Daniel Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Joseph "King Oliver" Oliver Slang words used for alcohol included
•coffin varnish
•white mule
•horse liniment
•monkey rum
•panther sweat
•rot gut
•tarantula juice. These code words were used so that people could fool law officials and the government from finding out about the speakeasies. Cash - a kiss Language of the 1920's was different then it is today. The twenties were the first decade to emphasize youth culture over the older generations, and the flapper sub-culture had a tremendous influence on main stream America; many new words and phrases were coined by these liberated women. Slang Of The 1920'S More Slang Of The 1920'S Applesauce- an expletive same as horsefeathers, As in "Ah applesauce!" Attaboy - well done! Balled Up - confused, messed up Bank's Closed - no kissing or making out Bearcat - a hot-blooded or fiery girl Bee's Knees - An extraordinary person, thing, idea; the ultimate Beef - a complaint or to complain Berries - That which is attractive or pleasing Big Cheese - The most important or influential
person; boss. Cash or check? - Do you kiss now or later? Cat's Meow - Something splendid or stylish. Ducky - very good Dumb Dora - a stupid female Egg - a person who lives the big life Flat Tire - A dull witted, insipid, disappointing date. Fly boy - a glamorous term for an aviator Works Cited
"Slang of the 1920's" <http://www.ivcc.edu/uploadedFiles/emed/writingcenter/Stylebook/MLAsampleworkscited.pdf> S, Jen and A, Ceyana "Prohibition and the Speakeasies" <http://theroaringtwentieshistory.blogspot.com/2010/06/prohibition-and-speakeasies.html> 10 June. 2010. Weiser, Kathy. "Speakeasies of the Prohibition Era - Page 2." Speakeasies of the Prohibition Era - Page 2. Legends of America, 5 Mar. 2010. Web. 20 Dec. 2012. <http://www.legendsofamerica.com/ah-prohibitionspeakeasy2.html>. Kenney, Kim. "Speakeasies." Suite101.com. Suite 101, 14 Jan. 2009. Web. 20 Dec. 2012. <http://suite101.com/article/speakeasies-a90043>. S, Jen. "History of the Roaring Twenties." : Prohibition and the Speakeasies. Blog Spot, 10 June 2010. Web. 20 Dec. 2012. <http://theroaringtwentieshistory.blogspot.com/2010/06/prohibition-and-speakeasies.html>.
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