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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uv_iOaWz-gI  

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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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