I know some people like to roleplay in RPs set during past times and since I’m one of them, I really like to do some researches, not only about History events and such, but also about language, fashion and behavior. This is why I’ve decided to make this list, hopefully it’s helpful. I’d like to thank this site for the help.

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A 
Actor: show-off
Agitate the Gravel: to leave (hot-rodders)
Ain’t that a bite?: that’s too bad
Ankle-biter: a child
Anti-frantic: poised
Apple butter: smooth talk or flattery
Are you writing a book?: you’re asking too many questions
B

Baby: cute girl
Back seat bingo: kissing while in a car
Bad news: depressing person
Bake biscuits: to make records
Ballad: a love letter
Bash: great party
Bash ears: to talk
Bent eight: a V-8 engine (hot-rodders)
Big Daddy: an older person
Big tickle: really funny
Binoculars: glasses
Bit: an act
Blanket: sandwich
Blast: a good time
Blow off: to defeat in a race (hot-rodders)
Bobbed: shortened
Boss: great
Bread: money
Bug: “you bug me” - to bother
Bull: a big and strong athlete
Bundie: a boy in need of a haircut
Burn rubber: to accelerate hard and fast (hot-rodders)

C
Cast an eyeball: to look
Cat: a hip person
Chariot: car
Chili: a good deal
Chrome-plated: dressed up (hot-rodders, originally)
Circled: married
Clanked: rejected
Classy chassis: great body
Closet case: someone to be ashamed of
Cloud 9: really happy
Clutched: rejected
Clyde: term of address, usually for a normal person
Come on snake, let’s rattle!: may I have the next dance?
Committed: engaged to be married
Cook, cookin’: doing it well
Cool: indefinable quality that makes some thing or someone extraordinary
Cool it: relax, settle down
Cooties: imaginary infestations of the truly un-cool
Cop a breeze: to leave
Corral: a school yard
Cranked: excited
Crazy: “like crazy, man” Implies an especially good thing
Cream: originally, to dent a car. Later, to badly damage (hot-rodders, originally)
Cruisin’ for a bruisin’: looking for trouble
Cube: a normal person
Cut out: leave
Cut the gas: be quiet!
D
Daddy-O: Term of address
D.D.T.: initials for “Drop Dead Twice”. The response: What, and look like you?
Deuce: a 1932 Ford (hot-rodders)
Dibs: a claim - as in “got dibs” on that seat
Dig: to understand; to approve
Dolly: cute girl
Don’t have a cow: don’t get so excited
Drag: (hot-rodders) a short car race; a bore
Drowning: baffled
Duck Butt or D.A.: hairstyle of greasers where hair in back is combed to the middle, then with end of comb, makes a middle part.
Due backs: a pack of cigarettes
E
Earthbound: reliable
Earth pads: shoes
Epistle: a letter to someone
Eyeball: look around
F
Face: a clock
Fade out: to disappear; someone who broke a promise
Fake out: bad date
Far out: ahead of the times
Fat City: a great thing or place, happy, a good situation
Fire up: start your engine (hot-rodders)
Flat out: fast as you can
Flat-top: men’s hairstyle. A crewcut that is flat across the top
Flick: a movie
Flip: to get very excited
Flip-top: a convertible car
Floor it: push the accelerator to the floor (hot-rodders)
Flutter bum: a good-looking boy
Fracture: to amuse
Frail: broke, without money
Fream: someone who doesn’t fit in
Frosted: angry
Fuzzy duck: a girl with short hair
G
Germ: a pest
Get bent!: disparaging remark as in “drop dead”
Get with it: understand
Gig: work, job
Give me a bell: call me on the telephone
Give me five: let’s shake hands
Go ape: to explode or be really mad; to get very excited
Go for pinks: a drag race where the stakes are the car’s pink slip (hot-rodders)
Goof: someone who makes mistakes; to make a mistake
Goopy: messy
Goose it: accelerate the car fully (hot-rodders)
Greaser: a guy with tons of grease in his hair.
Gringles: worried
Grody: sloppy, messy or dirty
Grundy: neither good nor bad
H
Handle: your name
Hang: as in “hang out” which means to do very little; to loaf or idle
Heart: a good teacher
Heat: police
Hep: with it, cool. Someone who knows the situation.
Hey bean!: hello!
Hip: someone who is cool, in the know; very good; up to date and informed
Hipster: same as above (hip)
Hit the bottle: to bleach one’s hair blonde
Hopped up: a car modified for speed (hot-rodders)
Horn: telephone
Hottie: a very fast car (hot-rodders)
Hound: the bus
Hub cap: a boy who tries to be a big wheel but fails
I
I’ll clue you: I’ll tell you about it
Ice it: tell someone to forget something
Illuminations: good ideas, thoughts
In orbit: in the know
Ivy Leaguer: ants style. Also any person who attended an Ivy League college
J
Jacked Up: car with raised rear end. (hot-rodders)
Jacketed: going steady
Jelly Roll: men’s hair combed up and forward on both sides, brought together in the middle of the forehead.
Jets: smarts, brains
Joe Doe: a boy involved in a blind date
K
Keeper: parent
Kick: a fun or good thing; Also, a fad
Kill: to really impress
Knuckle sandwich: a fist in the fac
Kookie: nuts, in the nicest possible way
L
Large charge: something that is exciting
Later, also later, gator: goodbye. See ya later, alligator. Response: after while crocodile.
Lay a patch: to accelerate so rapidly that you leave a patch of rubber on the road.
Lay dead: wait a minute
Lay on: to give
Lid: a hat
Lighter: a crew cut
Lighting up the tilt sign: not telling the truth
Like crazy; like wow: really good, better than cool
Little monsters: younger siblings
Low: depressed
Lumpy: mediocre
M

Machine: car (hot-rodders)
Made in the shade: success guaranteed
Madison Avenue: sharp, cunning
Make out: a kissing session
Make the scene: to attend an event or activity
Mark: one’s signature
Meanwhile, back at the ranch: from TV Westerns. Usually used to get a storyteller back on track.M
Mickey Mouse: dumb
Mirror warmer: a piece of pastel fabric (often cashmere) tied around the rear view mirror. A 50s version of the Medieval wearing your lady’s colors.
Moldy: a bad teacher
Most: as in “the most” - high praise usually of the opposite sex
Mush: homework
N
Negative perspiration: easy
Nerd: same as now. Bill Gates without the money.
Nest: a hair-do
Night shift: a slumber party
Nod: drift off to sleep
Nosebleed: as in “hey, nosebleed” - hey, stupid. Not a compliment!
No sweat: no problem
Nowhere: opposite of cool.
Nowheresville: a boring, bad place to be.
Nuggets: loose change
O
Odd ball: someone a bit off the nor
Off: to steal
Off the line: start of a drag race (hot-rodders)
On pills: dieting
On the hook: in love
On the stick: pulled together. Bright, prepared…
P
Pad: home; an apartment
Pale one: a dull person
Panic and a half: a very funny joke
Paper shaker: cheerleader or Pom-Pom girl
Party pooper: no fun at all; a killjoy
Passion pit: drive-in movie theatre
Peepers: glasses
Pile up Z’s: get some sleep
Pinky’s out of jail: your slip is showing
Play dead: to keep quiet
Pooper: no fun at all
Pop the Clutch: release the clutch pedal quickly so as to get a fast start
Pound: beat up
Proof: identification showing that one is old enough to buy liquor
Punch it: step on the gas (hot-rodders)
Punk: a weak, useless person
Put an egg in your shoe and beat it!: leave!
Put down: to say bad things about someone
Q
Queen: a popular girl
Quote: to repeat oneself
R
Radioactive: very popular
Rag top: a convertible car
Rap: to tattle on someone
Rattle your cage: get upset
Raunchy: messy or gross in some other way
Razz my berries: excite or impress me
Real gone: very much in love. Also a little unstable.
Reds: the Communists; an angry state of mind
Refuel: to eat
Righto: okay
Rock: a diamond
Rocket: a car (hot-rodders)
Rod: a car (hot-rodders)
Round up time: the end of summer vacation
Roust: under arrest
Running lights: eyes
S

Salty: angry
Scooch: a friend
Scorch: popular
Scream: go fast
Screamer: a hot rod
Set of wheels: a car
Sewer: someone who is incapable of keeping a secret shoot low, they’re riding
Shetlands: be careful
Shot down: failed
Shuck, shuckster: a deceiver, liar or cheat
Sides: vinyl records
Sing: to tattle or inform on someone
Skinny: broke, without money
Slip me: give me
Slodge: a friend
Sluff: to cut classes
Slurg: a milkshake
Smog in the noggin: lost memory; forgot something
Snowed: infatuated
Sophie: one’s girlfriend
Sounds: music
Souped up: a car modified to go fast
Spaz: someone who is uncoordinated. A klutz.
Split: leave
Square: a regular, normal person. A conformist.
Stable the horses: park the car
Stack up: to wreck a car (hot rodder)
Storming machine: a car that will go fast
Straight: reliable, honest
Subterranean: a hipster
T

Tank: a large sedan (usually driven by parents)
That’s close: something wrong or not true
The man: police
Thin one: a dime
Think Fast: usually said right before someone threw something at you
Threads: clothes
Tight: good friends
Total: to completely destroy, most of ten in reference to a car
Touch home: to make sense
Tube steak: a hot dog
Tune out: to go away
U

Unborn: extremely naive
Unreal: exceptional

V
Vacant: uncertain
W
Wail: go fast (as in a car); or to perform superbly
Warden: a teacher
Way out: innovative
Weed: a cigarette
Wet rag: someone who’s just no fun; unpopular
What’s buzzin, cuzzin: what’s new?
What’s your tale, nightingale: what’s the story?
Wheelie: lift the car’s front wheels off the ground by rapid acceleration
Wig chop: a haircut
Word from the bird: the truth
Y
Yoot: a youngster
You make the king’s jive: your English is good
Z
Zorros: the jitters

I know some people like to roleplay in RPs set during past times and since I’m one of them, I really like to do some researches, not only about History events and such, but also about language, fashion and behavior. This is why I’ve decided to make this list, hopefully it’s helpful. I’d like to thank this site for the help.

A

  • Actor: show-off
  • Agitate the Gravel: to leave (hot-rodders)
  • Ain’t that a bite?: that’s too bad
  • Ankle-biter: a child
  • Anti-frantic: poised
  • Apple butter: smooth talk or flattery
  • Are you writing a book?: you’re asking too many questions

B

  • Baby: cute girl
  • Back seat bingo: kissing while in a car
  • Bad news: depressing person
  • Bake biscuits: to make records
  • Ballad: a love letter
  • Bash: great party
  • Bash ears: to talk
  • Bent eight: a V-8 engine (hot-rodders)
  • Big Daddy: an older person
  • Big tickle: really funny
  • Binoculars: glasses
  • Bit: an act
  • Blanket: sandwich
  • Blast: a good time
  • Blow off: to defeat in a race (hot-rodders)
  • Bobbed: shortened
  • Boss: great
  • Bread: money
  • Bug: “you bug me” - to bother
  • Bull: a big and strong athlete
  • Bundie: a boy in need of a haircut
  • Burn rubber: to accelerate hard and fast (hot-rodders)
C
  • Cast an eyeball: to look
  • Cat: a hip person
  • Chariot: car
  • Chili: a good deal
  • Chrome-plated: dressed up (hot-rodders, originally)
  • Circled: married
  • Clanked: rejected
  • Classy chassis: great body
  • Closet case: someone to be ashamed of
  • Cloud 9: really happy
  • Clutched: rejected
  • Clyde: term of address, usually for a normal person
  • Come on snake, let’s rattle!: may I have the next dance?
  • Committed: engaged to be married
  • Cook, cookin’: doing it well
  • Cool: indefinable quality that makes some thing or someone extraordinary
  • Cool it: relax, settle down
  • Cooties: imaginary infestations of the truly un-cool
  • Cop a breeze: to leave
  • Corral: a school yard
  • Cranked: excited
  • Crazy: “like crazy, man” Implies an especially good thing
  • Cream: originally, to dent a car. Later, to badly damage (hot-rodders, originally)
  • Cruisin’ for a bruisin’: looking for trouble
  • Cube: a normal person
  • Cut out: leave
  • Cut the gas: be quiet!
D
  • Daddy-O: Term of address
  • D.D.T.: initials for “Drop Dead Twice”. The response: What, and look like you?
  • Deuce: a 1932 Ford (hot-rodders)
  • Dibs: a claim - as in “got dibs” on that seat
  • Dig: to understand; to approve
  • Dolly: cute girl
  • Don’t have a cow: don’t get so excited
  • Drag: (hot-rodders) a short car race; a bore
  • Drowning: baffled
  • Duck Butt or D.A.: hairstyle of greasers where hair in back is combed to the middle, then with end of comb, makes a middle part.
  • Due backs: a pack of cigarettes

E

  • Earthbound: reliable
  • Earth pads: shoes
  • Epistle: a letter to someone
  • Eyeball: look around

F

  • Face: a clock
  • Fade out: to disappear; someone who broke a promise
  • Fake out: bad date
  • Far out: ahead of the times
  • Fat City: a great thing or place, happy, a good situation
  • Fire up: start your engine (hot-rodders)
  • Flat out: fast as you can
  • Flat-top: men’s hairstyle. A crewcut that is flat across the top
  • Flick: a movie
  • Flip: to get very excited
  • Flip-top: a convertible car
  • Floor it: push the accelerator to the floor (hot-rodders)
  • Flutter bum: a good-looking boy
  • Fracture: to amuse
  • Frail: broke, without money
  • Fream: someone who doesn’t fit in
  • Frosted: angry
  • Fuzzy duck: a girl with short hair

G

  • Germ: a pest
  • Get bent!: disparaging remark as in “drop dead”
  • Get with it: understand
  • Gig: work, job
  • Give me a bell: call me on the telephone
  • Give me five: let’s shake hands
  • Go ape: to explode or be really mad; to get very excited
  • Go for pinks: a drag race where the stakes are the car’s pink slip (hot-rodders)
  • Goof: someone who makes mistakes; to make a mistake
  • Goopy: messy
  • Goose it: accelerate the car fully (hot-rodders)
  • Greaser: a guy with tons of grease in his hair.
  • Gringles: worried
  • Grody: sloppy, messy or dirty
  • Grundy: neither good nor bad

H

  • Handle: your name
  • Hang: as in “hang out” which means to do very little; to loaf or idle
  • Heart: a good teacher
  • Heat: police
  • Hep: with it, cool. Someone who knows the situation.
  • Hey bean!: hello!
  • Hip: someone who is cool, in the know; very good; up to date and informed
  • Hipster: same as above (hip)
  • Hit the bottle: to bleach one’s hair blonde
  • Hopped up: a car modified for speed (hot-rodders)
  • Horn: telephone
  • Hottie: a very fast car (hot-rodders)
  • Hound: the bus
  • Hub cap: a boy who tries to be a big wheel but fails

I

  • I’ll clue you: I’ll tell you about it
  • Ice it: tell someone to forget something
  • Illuminations: good ideas, thoughts
  • In orbit: in the know
  • Ivy Leaguer: ants style. Also any person who attended an Ivy League college

J

  • Jacked Up: car with raised rear end. (hot-rodders)
  • Jacketed: going steady
  • Jelly Roll: men’s hair combed up and forward on both sides, brought together in the middle of the forehead.
  • Jets: smarts, brains
  • Joe Doe: a boy involved in a blind date

K

  • Keeper: parent
  • Kick: a fun or good thing; Also, a fad
  • Kill: to really impress
  • Knuckle sandwich: a fist in the fac
  • Kookie: nuts, in the nicest possible way

L

  • Large charge: something that is exciting
  • Later, also later, gator: goodbye. See ya later, alligator. Response: after while crocodile.
  • Lay a patch: to accelerate so rapidly that you leave a patch of rubber on the road.
  • Lay dead: wait a minute
  • Lay on: to give
  • Lid: a hat
  • Lighter: a crew cut
  • Lighting up the tilt sign: not telling the truth
  • Like crazy; like wow: really good, better than cool
  • Little monsters: younger siblings
  • Low: depressed
  • Lumpy: mediocre

M

  • Machine: car (hot-rodders)
  • Made in the shade: success guaranteed
  • Madison Avenue: sharp, cunning
  • Make out: a kissing session
  • Make the scene: to attend an event or activity
  • Mark: one’s signature
  • Meanwhile, back at the ranch: from TV Westerns. Usually used to get a storyteller back on track.M
  • Mickey Mouse: dumb
  • Mirror warmer: a piece of pastel fabric (often cashmere) tied around the rear view mirror. A 50s version of the Medieval wearing your lady’s colors.
  • Moldy: a bad teacher
  • Most: as in “the most” - high praise usually of the opposite sex
  • Mush: homework
N
  • Negative perspiration: easy
  • Nerd: same as now. Bill Gates without the money.
  • Nest: a hair-do
  • Night shift: a slumber party
  • Nod: drift off to sleep
  • Nosebleed: as in “hey, nosebleed” - hey, stupid. Not a compliment!
  • No sweat: no problem
  • Nowhere: opposite of cool.
  • Nowheresville: a boring, bad place to be.
  • Nuggets: loose change
O
  • Odd ball: someone a bit off the nor
  • Off: to steal
  • Off the line: start of a drag race (hot-rodders)
  • On pills: dieting
  • On the hook: in love
  • On the stick: pulled together. Bright, prepared…
P
  • Pad: home; an apartment
  • Pale one: a dull person
  • Panic and a half: a very funny joke
  • Paper shaker: cheerleader or Pom-Pom girl
  • Party pooper: no fun at all; a killjoy
  • Passion pit: drive-in movie theatre
  • Peepers: glasses
  • Pile up Z’s: get some sleep
  • Pinky’s out of jail: your slip is showing
  • Play dead: to keep quiet
  • Pooper: no fun at all
  • Pop the Clutch: release the clutch pedal quickly so as to get a fast start
  • Pound: beat up
  • Proof: identification showing that one is old enough to buy liquor
  • Punch it: step on the gas (hot-rodders)
  • Punk: a weak, useless person
  • Put an egg in your shoe and beat it!: leave!
  • Put down: to say bad things about someone
Q
  • Queen: a popular girl
  • Quote: to repeat oneself
R
  • Radioactive: very popular
  • Rag top: a convertible car
  • Rap: to tattle on someone
  • Rattle your cage: get upset
  • Raunchy: messy or gross in some other way
  • Razz my berries: excite or impress me
  • Real gone: very much in love. Also a little unstable.
  • Reds: the Communists; an angry state of mind
  • Refuel: to eat
  • Righto: okay
  • Rock: a diamond
  • Rocket: a car (hot-rodders)
  • Rod: a car (hot-rodders)
  • Round up time: the end of summer vacation
  • Roust: under arrest
  • Running lights: eyes
S
  • Salty: angry
  • Scooch: a friend
  • Scorch: popular
  • Scream: go fast
  • Screamer: a hot rod
  • Set of wheels: a car
  • Sewer: someone who is incapable of keeping a secret shoot low, they’re riding
  • Shetlands: be careful
  • Shot down: failed
  • Shuck, shuckster: a deceiver, liar or cheat
  • Sides: vinyl records
  • Sing: to tattle or inform on someone
  • Skinny: broke, without money
  • Slip me: give me
  • Slodge: a friend
  • Sluff: to cut classes
  • Slurg: a milkshake
  • Smog in the noggin: lost memory; forgot something
  • Snowed: infatuated
  • Sophie: one’s girlfriend
  • Sounds: music
  • Souped up: a car modified to go fast
  • Spaz: someone who is uncoordinated. A klutz.
  • Split: leave
  • Square: a regular, normal person. A conformist.
  • Stable the horses: park the car
  • Stack up: to wreck a car (hot rodder)
  • Storming machine: a car that will go fast
  • Straight: reliable, honest
  • Subterranean: a hipster
T
  • Tank: a large sedan (usually driven by parents)
  • That’s close: something wrong or not true
  • The man: police
  • Thin one: a dime
  • Think Fast: usually said right before someone threw something at you
  • Threads: clothes
  • Tight: good friends
  • Total: to completely destroy, most of ten in reference to a car
  • Touch home: to make sense
  • Tube steak: a hot dog
  • Tune out: to go away
U
  • Unborn: extremely naive
  • Unreal: exceptional

V

  • Vacant: uncertain

W

  • Wail: go fast (as in a car); or to perform superbly
  • Warden: a teacher
  • Way out: innovative
  • Weed: a cigarette
  • Wet rag: someone who’s just no fun; unpopular
  • What’s buzzin, cuzzin: what’s new?
  • What’s your tale, nightingale: what’s the story?
  • Wheelie: lift the car’s front wheels off the ground by rapid acceleration
  • Wig chop: a haircut
  • Word from the bird: the truth

Y

  • Yoot: a youngster
  • You make the king’s jive: your English is good

Z

  • Zorros: the jitters

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