Deadly Dallas

Slang words from 1920s

For Tomatoes and Sheiks

When researching past eras, I often have to translate the slang of the period to understand what a person’s words really mean. Here’s a fun video of slang from the 1920s with some discussion of the origins of the terms.  

Devil's Hole by The Muuj

It’s the Pits

Before backyard pools, municipal swimming pools, and water parks, many Dallasites went for summer dips in the water-filled gravel pits surrounding town. The pits had crumbly banks, uncertain depths, and were filled with chilly rainwater or seepage from small springs. It wasn’t difficult for inexperienced swimmers — and there were few experienced swimmers early in …

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