Term used for the new woman of the 1920s
1920s Quotes (48 quotes)
Flapper Slang: Talk the 1920s Talk
Blind date: This type of date was between two people who have never met before and usually had been arranged by mutual friends. Cat's meow or Bee's knees: Some of the most popular slang expressions of the s, these terms referred to a cute or great person or thing. Giggle water: Even though Prohibition was vigorously enforced during the decade, alcohol was available. Flappers called it giggle water, while men preferred the more macho name "hooch. Hick: Even though the word hick had been used for centuries to refer to a rural person, the word became very popular in the s as more people moved to urban areas and rejected rural lifestyles.
1920s: At a Glance
Flappers were a generation of young Western women in the s who wore skirts, bobbed their hair, listened to jazz , and flaunted their disdain for what was then considered acceptable behavior. Flappers were seen as brash for wearing excessive makeup, drinking , smoking cigarettes , driving automobiles, treating sex in a casual manner , and otherwise flouting social and sexual norms. The term possibly originated in slang, but there is no direct evidence of that. The slang term "flapper" may derive from an earlier use in northern England to mean "teenage girl", referring to one whose hair is not yet put up and whose plaited pigtail "flapped" on her back;  or from an older word meaning "prostitute". The standard non-slang usage appeared in print as early as in England and in the United States, when novelist Desmond Coke used it in his college story of Oxford life, Sandford of Merton : "There's a stunning flapper".