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Abercrombie ~ a know-it-all

Abyssinia ~ I'll be seeing you

Aces, cool, hot, keen, nobby, smooth, snazzy, sweet, swell ~ very good

All the way ~ chocolate cake or fudge with ice cream

All wet ~ no good

Ameche, horn, blower ~  telephone

Apple ~ any big town or city

Babe, broad, dame, doll, frail, twist, muffin, kitten ~ woman

Baby ~ glass of milk

Bean shooter, gat, rod, roscoe, heater, convincer ~ gun

Beat ~ broke

Behind the grind ~ behind in one's studies

Big house, hoosegow ~ prison

Bleed ~ to extort or blackmail

Blinkers, lamps, peepers, pies, shutters ~ eyes

Blow your wig ~ become very excited

Booze, giggle juice, hooch,  mule ~ whiskey

Bread, bacon (as in "bring home the bacon"), dough, moolah, rhino, suds, salad ~ money

Brodie ~ a mistake

Brunos, goons, hatchetmen, torpedoes, trigger men ~ hired gunmen and other tough guys

Bulge ~ having the advantage

Bumping gums, booshwash ~ talk about nothing useful

Butter and egg fly, hot mama, sweet mama, sweet patootie, dish, looker, tomato ~ an attractive woman

Butter and egg man ~ the money man, the man with the bankroll

Buzzer ~ police badge

Cabbage, folding green, kale, lettuce, long green ~ color of money

Cadillac ~ one ounce packet of cocaine or heroin

Canary ~ a female vocalist

Cats or alligators ~ fans of swing music

Cave ~ one's house or apartment

Check or checker ~ a dollar

Chicago overcoat ~ coffin

Chicago typewriter, chopper, gat ~ "Tommy Gun", Thompson Submachine Gun

Chisel ~ swindle, cheat, work an angle

Cinder dick ~ railroad detective

City juice, dog soup ~ glass of water

Clam-bake ~ wild swing

Clip joint ~ night club or gambling joint where patrons get flimflammed

Copper ~ policeman

Crumb ~ a fink, a loser by social standards

Crust ~ to insult

Curve ~ disappointment

Cute as a bug's ear ~ very cute

Dead hoofer or cement mixer ~ bad dancer

Dick, flatfoot, gumshoe, shamus ~ detective

Dig ~ think hard or understand

Dil-ya-ble ~ a phone call

Dingy ~ silly

Dizzy with a dame ~ very much in love with a woman, sometimes at great risk to themselves, especially if she's someone else's moll

Dog house ~ string bass

Doggy ~ well dressed but in a self conscious way

Dollface ~ name for a woman when a man is pleading his case or apologizing

Doss ~ sleep

Drilling, filling someone with daylight, giving someone lead poisoning, plugging, throwing lead ~ shooting a gun (at someone)

Drumsticks, gams, get away sticks, pillars, pins, stems, uprights  ~ legs

Dukes, grabbers, meat hooks, paws ~ hands

Egg ~ a crude person

Egg harbor ~ free dance

Eggs in coffee ~ run smoothly

Evil ~ in a bad mood

Face ~ a Caucasian

Fem, filly, flame, flirt, fuss ~ constant girl companion to a boy

Five spot, a Lincoln ~ $5 bill

Genius ~ an extremely, unbelievably, dumb persons

Gin mill ~ place that serves liquor, sometimes illegally

G-man ~ federal agent, term coined by Machine Gun Kelly

Gobble-pipe ~saxophone

Golddigger ~ attractive young woman actively hunting for a rich man

Greaseball, half portion, jelly bean, wet smack, wet sock  ~ unpopular person

Grifter ~ a con man or woman

Gumming the works ~ to cause something to run less smoothly

Gunsel ~ gunman with a hint toward being a reckless loose cannon or young homosexual (insult)

Hard boiled ~ tough

Hocks, plates ~ feet

Honey cooler ~ a kiss

Hop, jolly up, rag, romp, wingding ~ dance or party

Hotsquat ~ electric chair

House dick, house peeper ~ house detective


St. Louis Cemetery No. 1,
New Orleans, LA

Travel Photos link

Joe ~ a average guy

Joed ~ tired

Juicy ~ enjoyable

K-balling ~ salvaging parts from junked rail cars to rebuild others

Keen ~ very good

Kibosh ~ squelch

Kippy ~ neat

Low down ~ all the information

Lunger ~ someone with tuberculosis

Make tracks, dangle ~ leave in a hurry, leave abruptly

Meat wagon ~ ambulance

Micky, Micky Finn ~ drink spiked with knock out drugs

Mitt me kid! ~ congratulate me

Moll ~ a gangster's girlfriend

Murder! ~ Wow!


Artist Trading Cards (ATCs)
/ Artist Cards Editions Original (ACEOs)
Metasymbology on Facebook link | pdf

Nuts! ~ telling someone they are full of nonsense

Okie ~ migrant worker from Oklahoma

Off the cob ~ corny

Packing heat, wearing iron ~ carrying a gun

Pally ~ friend, chum, sometimes used sarcastically

Patsy ~ innocent man framed for a criminal charge

Pill ~ disagreeable person

Pip ~ attractive person

Pitching woo, making whoopee ~ making love

Platter ~ a record

Plenty rugged ~ big and strong

Pachuco ~ young Mexican living in the US

Ring-a-ding-ding ~ a good time at a party

Rot gut, bathtub gin ~ prohibition alcohol usually made in back rooms and of low quality


Sawbuck ~ $10 bill

Scat singer ~ a vocalist who improvises lyrics, substituting nonsense syllables for words

Scrub ~ poor student

Shake a leg ~ hurry up

Skin tickler ~ a drummer

Slip me five ~ shake my hand

Smooth ~ well dressed without qualification

Snipe ~ cigarette

Sourdough ~ counterfeit money

Speakeasy ~ bar disguised as something else or hidden behind an unmarked door

Squat ~ nothing

Stool pigeon, snitch ~ someone who informs to the police


Bear's Mill – Art at the Mill link
6 - 9p
monthly till Dec.

Victory of Light Festival link
22 & 23 Nov 2014, 10a - 7p

TroopsDirect makes the difference…now.
No red tape, bureaucracies or chains of command.
Just a commitment to those who serve.
**tax deductible**

Elderly vets create jobs in North Carolina
one T-shirt (the C-Shirt) at a time
By Joshua Rhett Miller | 11 Nov 2012
With the purchase of every shirt,
a shirt is donated to a Wounded Warrior.


Veterinary Alternatives
(Dr. Julie Servaites) specializes in complementary veterinary therapies working with a traditional veterinarian.

Thunder Shirt  dog | cat
Helped my cat to calm down and rest after having several strokes.
The strokes led her to pace for hours and wear herself out.



Various photos from my trip
to FL and NOLA

Navarre Beach, FL
August 2011 link


Dale Chihuly Exhibit (ppt) @ Dayton Art Institute 2001

Take a powder, blow, split, scram, drift ~ leave

Take the rap, take the fall ~ taking responsibility for someone else's crime or crimes

The high hat ~ a response in which one excludes another with irreverence and intent to offend

The kiss off ~ the final goodbye as in exile or death

Tin ~ small change

Tin can, flivver ~ a car

Tin ear, Ickie ~ someone who did not like popular music

Togged to the bricks ~ dressed up

Trip for biscuits ~ a task that yields nothing

Twit ~ fool or Idiot

Whacky ~ crazy

What's your story, morning glory? ~ what do you mean by that?

Wheat ~ person unused to city ways

Yo! ~ Yes

You and me both ~ I agree

"You shred it, wheat" ~ You said it


2006 – Today
Raissa M. Hall   email