A list of slang words and phrases that were used during the 1940s, and their meanings.This is just icing on the cake when you consider what the decade already gave us in the form of patriotism, music, fashion, and movies. Take a powder – to leave Fuddy-Duddy – old-fashioned person Gobbledygook – double talk, long speech Fat-head – stupid or foolish person Chrome-dome – word for a bald headed man Eager beaver – enthusiastic helper Armored heifer – canned milk In cahoots with – conspiring with Snap your cap – get angry Active duty – sexually promiscuous boy Share crop – sexually promiscuous girl Doll dizzy – girl crazy Ducky shincracker – a good dancer Above my pay grade – don’t ask me Cook with gas – to do something right Killer-diller – good stuff Hi sugar, are you rationed? Stompers – shoes Flip your wig – to lose control of yourself Dead hoofer – poor dancer Bathtub – motorcycle sidecar Pennies from heaven – easy money Ameche – to telephone Gone with the wind – run off (with the money) Lettuce – money Gas – either a good time or something that was really funny Grandstand – to show off Brainchild – someone’s creative idea What’s buzzin’, cousin? After the second World War, teenagers became much more noticeable in America (Bailey 47).Their presence and existence became readily more apparent because they were granted more freedom than previous generations ever were. They were given a chance to redefine the ways things were done in America.Again, these fashions reflected the style of the utility clothes.
This practice was soon picked up by the upper classes, and from there it progressed into the middle class, with which it is still inherently associated today (Bailey 17).ORIGINS OF DATING Dating is definitely an "American phenomenon." Few other countries carry on this practice with as much fervor as Americans do.Then again, few other countries have the same social conditions as America.Teenagers in the 1950's are so iconic that, for some, they represent the last generation of innocence before it is "lost" in the sixties.When asked to imagine this lost group, images of bobbysoxers, letterman jackets, malt shops and sock hops come instantly to mind.