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May 10, 2011
8:31 pm
Scarlett
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What are some of your favorite slang words from the 1940s? What slang words still live on today from this era? What are some phrases and words that have died out but you wish would come back?

May 10, 2011
9:53 pm
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Calling someone a "ducky shincracker" makes me laugh!  I'm always introducing (or shall we say "re-introducing") "new" words at my workplace…I tend to say 'swell' a lot, as well as 'swanky' and 'the cat's meow', and I've noticed others following suit.  Slang from the '40s was so witty and considerably more respectful than today's slang…I think we should all make a concerted effort to re-introduce it into our everyday conversations!

May 14, 2011
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Words and expressions were much kinder then, and I am all for revisiting a gentler, kinder time.  I love this expression which you would hear in comedies of the 1940's and going into the 1950's.  "Adam and Eve on a Raft and Wreck Um".  Literal translation? Scrambled eggs and bacon with toast. Smile 

May 14, 2011
6:47 pm
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I do agree that the slang used in the 1940s was often gentler and considerably wittier than a lot of the slang today. Sometimes when I'm watching an old movie I have to pause it and look up some of the slang to make sure I'm keeping up with what the characters are saying!

May 15, 2011
8:32 am
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There are a lot of words that were used back then that we cannot use at all, or in the same way nowadays. Some are just plain offensive but some, for example the word "gay," had an entirely different meaning.

May 15, 2011
1:58 pm
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That's true about words that we can't use in the same way anymore. My friend's grandfather still uses a lot of slang, especially when he tells us stories and occasionally he uses some of the words that might mean something different to the newer generation.

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