Frank Sinatras lingo

bag–a person’s particular interest; as in “singing’s my bag”
barn burner–a very stylish, classy woman
beard–a male friend who acts as a “cover”; usually for extramarital affairs
beetle–a girl who dresses in flashy clothes
big-leaguer–a resourceful man who can handle any situation
bird–the male or female genitalia; standard greeting: “How’s your bird”?
bombsville–any kind of failure in life; see ville
broad–affectionate term for a girl or woman with sex appeal
bum–a person who is despised, most frequently linked to people in the media
bunter–a man who fails in almost everything he does; the opposite of gasser
Charley–a general term for anyone whose name has been forgotten; see also sam
charlies–admiring word for a woman’s breasts
chick–a young and invariably pretty girl
clyde–a word used to cover a multitude of personal observations; e.g., “I don’t like her clyde” means “I don’t like her voice”, etc.
crazy–a term of admiration for a personal, place, or thing; similar to cool.
creep–a man who is disliked for any reason
crumb–a person it is impossible to respect
dame–a generally derogatory term for a probably unattractive woman
dig–a term of appreciation; e.g., “I dig that broad.”
“drop it, charley”–change the conversation; see “good night, all”
dying–an exaggerated term to mean slightly upset; e.g. “I’m dying”
end–a word to signify that someone or something is the very best; “the living end”
endsville–total failure; similar to bombsville; see ville
fink–a person who cannot be relied upon or trusted, especially someone in the media; a crumb
fracture–to make laugh; as in “that fractures me”
gas–a great situation; as in “that set was a gas”
gasser–a highly admired person; the end!
gofer–someone who performs menial jobs and tasks; “go for drinks”
“good night all”–a term of invective used to change the subject of conversation
groove–a term of admiration or approval; as in “in the groove”
Harvey–a person who acts in a stupid or naive fashion; sometimes shortened to “Harv”
hacked–angry; as in “he’s hacked off”
hello!–a cry of surprise to no one in particular when a beautiful woman is seen
hunker–a jack-of-all-trades; see gopher
jokes–an actor’s lines in a screenplay
let’s lose charley–a term used among intimates who want to get rid of a bore in their company
little hey-hey–romance; a little action with a broad
locked-up–as in “all locked-up,” a term for a forthcoming date or engagement, private or public
loser–anyone who has made a mess of their life, drinks too much, makes the wrong enemies, etc.
mish-mash–similar to loser, but refers specifically to a woman who is messed up
mouse–usually a small, very feminine girl who invites being cuddled
nowhere–a term of failure as in “he’s nowhere.”
odds–used in connection with important decisions, as in “the odds aren’t right,” meaning it’s a no go
original loser–a person without talent; sometimes more fully expressed as “He is the original Major Bowes Amateur Hour loser
player–a man who is a gambler by nature, makes friends easily, and never gives up trying
punks–any undesirables, in particular criminals, gangsters, or mobsters
quin–derisive term for a woman who is an easy pick-up
rain–as in “I think it’s going to rain” indicating that it is time to leave a dull gathering or party
ring-a-ding–a term of approval, as in “What a ring-a-ding broad!”
Sam–used in the same way as Charley for a person whose name has been forgotten, most often applied to females
sharp–a person who dresses well and with style
ville–a suffix used to indicate changes in any given situation; see endsville, splitsville, etc.


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