Smart Party Talk from 1937

Welcome Dear Readers.  I found this picture in a 1937 cookbook which was just begging for some dialogue using slang from the 30’s.

So here goes:


picture of a party from 1937

Hey this party’s ring-a-ding-ding, don’t you think so, dollface?

It’s alright I suppose.

Suppose I say you’re a looker with a swell pair of get-away-sticks.

Suppose I say that’s the smoothest line of monkey talk I’ve heard all evening.

Suppose I say we blow this wingding and stop at a speako for a bottle of beer.

Suppose I say you’ve had one too many snoutfuls if you think I’d fall for a chisel like that.

Suppose I say let’s stop by my place, I’ll peel off this tuxedo, and we’ll roll a few lines at the bowling alley.

Suppose I say where did you learn to sweet talk,  from a correspondence course?

Suppose I say I wonder if you’re giving me the kibosh?

Suppose I say I’ll let you know after I finish this glass of giggle.

Suppose I say I’m going to park a honey cooler on those lips 0f yours?

Suppose I say try it and I’ll ram this gobble-pipe up your schnozzle!

Suppose I say remind me never to get dizzy with a dame who is holding a saxophone.

Suppose I say that’s the smartest thing you’ve said all  night.  Hey, I had you pegged all wrong, maybe you’re not a flopperoo after all.

Hey listen, muffin, let’s get another glass of rot gut, put on a keen platter and jolly up!

Murder! Now you’re talkin’ mister!


Until next time . . .  I love you

15 thoughts on “Smart Party Talk from 1937

  1. Suppose you suppose someone would write a comment with a lot of supposes in it. Suppose you’re right. You’re one sharp cookie, which would seem to be a detrimental marketing strategy.
    I’m still not an attorney, but my unclelings on the Torney side of the family do call my wife Aunt Torney.

      • I suppose. Wait ! Two aunts in one pod ? Does that require a writ of familious corpi ? I’m not going to tell Golf (yes, her married name is Golf Torney) she looks corpi anything. No, I’m not chicken. I always say, NEVER back down !!! Always turn all the way around, and run away.

  2. This is great. I love watching old movies from that era. Trying to figure out what everyone is saying! I wonder what a couple of generations from now will say about our slang? Will they think its totally outrageous?
    Thanks for sharing this!

    • I think my favorite movie for slang is Double Indemnity with Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck. And I have a feeling the language is going to change more in the next 50 years than it ever has. (It will probably all be internet acronyms, btw.)

  3. Well and I thought they were all having a good time. Then again photos can be deceptive can’t they. Who’d a thought such banter would be the topic of conversation way back then… wonder how they ever got around to doing anything don’t you…..I mean did they all attend the school of euphemisms and innuendo?
    Lovely post Linda, much to think about and be grateful for living in 2016….

  4. Huh?

    Practicing for Bulwer-Lytton again, I see… How many movies did you have to watch to pick up that much slang?…

    Suppose I stop now….




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