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Celia Cyanide
03-12-2008, 05:59 PM
I am writing a short script, and I need some old slang words and expressions from the 40's and 50's. My story takes place today, but the character is interested in old school fashion and pin up girls. He would probably use slang he has learned from old movies.

One specific one I need is a substitute for "awesome." Thanks!

--Celia

justme
03-12-2008, 06:32 PM
Sometimes "ville" was added to the end of a word. Like coolsville or squaresville. Definitely cool was used. Also, another one is "Like crazy,man."

WriterInChains
03-12-2008, 07:00 PM
Here are a few from the 40s:

smooth
heaven-sent
lush/luscious
out of this world
sharp
gone (this one always reminds me of Baloo in The Jungle Book -- "gone, man, solid gone." My mom had to stop saying it. :ROFL:)

Hope you find what you're looking for!
~C

DWSTXS
03-12-2008, 07:02 PM
Here Celia, try this link. Slang from the roaring 20's up to the 90's, including some drug slang

http://bloxword.ca/slang.htm

kikazaru
03-12-2008, 08:08 PM
Here's a link to one from the 50's.

http://www.fiftiesweb.com/fashion/slang.htm

Oberon
03-12-2008, 10:36 PM
Hubba hubba

donroc
03-12-2008, 11:19 PM
At my high school is San Francisco during the 1940s, mung was used for snot, and one could cough up a lunger.

dork was a synonym for acting like a prick -- pud was another synonym.

Chick and broad for the females. Pig for a slut.

underthecity
03-12-2008, 11:53 PM
One specific one I need is a substitute for "awesome." Thanks!

--Celia

That is off the hook!

allen

Celia Cyanide
03-12-2008, 11:57 PM
Thanks to everyone who responded!

Another one I might need...in the story, he meets a Pinup model, so I might like an interesting way for him to tell her she is pretty.

donroc
03-13-2008, 12:16 AM
A looker. A knockout.

James81
03-13-2008, 01:12 AM
"that's the bees knees" is one I think. (something really cool)

Ken
03-13-2008, 01:19 AM
the only one I know is "keen," from watching old movies from the 40's & 50's.
It means the same as "cool," I think, as in "that car is cool."

Kathie Freeman
03-13-2008, 08:07 PM
The cat's pajamas, h-e-double-toothpicks

WriterInChains
03-14-2008, 07:12 PM
In the 40s they used the word "fly" a lot -- "she's one fly chick" -- but that probably sounds too modern now. Here are some more ideas:

pidgeon
butterfly
filly
drape shape (about her, er, build)
firm, round, and fully packed (Which may be too far beyond the mainstream, but maybe not - my mom hung out with jazz musicians in her crazy youth.)

She also says not to use "cookie" because back then it was used to describe an effeminate guy, not a girl.

Hope the script's going well! :)
~C

HeronW
03-15-2008, 12:01 AM
Google : slang from 1940 or slang from 1950
and you'll get some good sites

Azure Skye
03-15-2008, 05:26 PM
That's swell.

Watch a bunch of old movies and that phrase comes out of just about everybody's mouth.

Celia Cyanide
03-17-2008, 04:13 PM
Thanks to everyone who responded...this is interesting! I didn't know that some of these modern words were actually old school.

I think I'm going to give these to my writing partner, and we'll do some improv and see what comes out.

But if anyone has any more suggestions, feel free to drop them here. Much appreciated! Thanks!

Celia Cyanide
03-17-2008, 08:21 PM
That's swell.

Watch a bunch of old movies and that phrase comes out of just about everybody's mouth.

Got any suggestions for movies I should watch?

jst5150
03-17-2008, 08:24 PM
For the girl:

"One swell dame."

:)

Movies: Guys and Dolls, with Brando and Sinatra. There's plenty of good dialogue to glom onto there.

Azure Skye
03-19-2008, 06:13 PM
Got any suggestions for movies I should watch?

Do you have Turner Classic Movies? If so, you could probably pick just about any romantic comedy out of the line-up.

Something like The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer with Cary Grant and Shirley Temple would be good too.

Film noir also has some interesting dialogue. Double Indemnity is a good one.

Kathie Freeman
03-19-2008, 08:16 PM
Something like The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer with Cary Grant

Speaking of which, You remind me of a man.

Azure Skye
03-19-2008, 08:58 PM
Speaking of which, You remind me of a man.

Teehee

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBmeOzSzKoY