1920s slang

I’m just going to get on the ameche and tell my blue serge I love her. She’s in the hen coop at the moment so I may as well kick the gong around. Nerts! This is wonderful.

41. Jack: another name for money. (Other words for money: “rubes,” “kale,” “mazuma.”)

42. Johnson Brother: a criminal.

43. Kick the Gong Around: to smoke opium.

44. Knee-Duster: a skirt.

45. Lalapazaza: a good sport.

46. Lens Louise: the person who steamrolls the conversation.

47. Meat Wagon: an ambulance.

48. Middle Aisle: to get married. Example: “I’m going down the middle aisle.”

49. Mustard Plaster: someone who isn’t wanted but won’t leave.

50. “Nerts!”: “That’s awesome!”

“Oh, look, mate,”

Enjoyable piece today in The Telegraph, and yet another sycophantic article about the Australians:

“Oh, look, mate,” said Mike Hussey, using the three-word introductory phrase that is apparently now a contractual obligation among Aussie cricketers, “with Brett it could be his mum batting down there and he’d still bounce her out.”