Vocab Lessons: 10 Dating Terms From 1922 We’d Like To Bring Backby Chiara Atik on April 11, 2011
Marie Barlow was a popular cosmetics brand in the 1920s, so I’m making an uneducated guess that the term comes from there. Also, if you ever write a novel or screenplay set in the 1920s, you should probably name your flapper heroine “____ Barlow” ’cause it sounds amazing with any first name. Helen Barlow. Frances Barlow. Evelyn Barlow.
ex: Hey Elmer, lets head to the Clover Club and pick up some barlows!
2. Bank’s Closed: No kissing allowed, no funny business.
This one is definitely my favorite, and totally applicable to modern life.
ex. Sorry dude: I’m hungover, I have 3 loads of laundry to do, and Extreme Couponing is on. The bank is closed.
3. Barneymugging: Sex
Is this the worst slang word for sex in history? Possibly.
Ex: After the movie, the couple went home and engaged in some barneymu….
Can’t even use it in a fake sentence.
4. Boob Tickler: Girl who entertains father’s out-of-town customers.
I am horrified for my Great-Grandmothers right now.
Ex. Ugh, I’d LOVE to grab dinner, Myrtle, but my dad’s colleagues are in town and I’m on boob-tickling duty.
5. Canceled Stamp: A wallflower
Not even sure what a canceled stamp is exactly, and yet this phrase perfectly explains the more unromantic aspects of being a wallflower.
Ex: What’s even the point of going to the bar with Lillian when she just stands against the wall like a canceled stamp and refuses to talk to anyone?
6. Dingle-Dangler: One who insists on telephoning
Was calling someone as annoying in the 1920s as it is now?
Ex: ARGHHHH Chester is such a Dingle-Dangler, has he never heard of TEXT MESSAGING?!
7. Duck’s Quack: the best thing ever.
Oh please, please, please can we make “duck’s quack” happen? If we all work together, please?
Ex: I think you are just the duck’s quack.
8. Flatwheeler: a guy who’s broke and takes his dates to free things only.
Not that there’s anything wrong with this, but…
Ex. After a date to the park, a book reading, and dinner at his Mom’s, Bertha started to suspect that Willie was a bit of a flatwheeler.
9. Goofy: to be in love with.
This one is adorable.
ex: I’m totally goofy about Agnes!
10. Umbrella: A young man anyone can borrow for the evening.
Yes! An umbrella! In 2011, “umbrellas” are often gay friends, and always up to be last-minute plus-ones for work parties, movies, plays, or anything requiring a companion while a girl is in between boyfriends.
Ex. Are you bringing anyone to the Hamptons party? I was thinking I’d just take my umbrella, Clyde, since he loves the beach so much.