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In the evening, I've been watching "Turner Classic Movies" on cable. These films are from the 30's and 40's. My question for you is: Did people really talk like that back then, or was it just in the movies? I mean, they say "swell", "Gee" a lot and finish sentences with "see". They always are smiling and acting really stupid.

Is this how people were way back then? If so, it must have been a very obnoxious time to grow up.
 

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Great troll Tron. Yeah, you know, like its sooo much better now for sure. Like, Dude, people are so much more literate now, I mean, WTFO.

Merry Christmas, bah humbug.
 

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Never heard MF till I was 15. "Gee" and "swell" only appeared on Leave It To Beaver, although I did hear some adults using them.

The "colorful" ghetto black patois of today is quite sickening if you think about it.

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One phrase they keep bringing back. "Is that cool." We were more innocent in the 40's. During the ww2 war, movies were a way of life. I saw every cowboy and war movie there was. No gas to go anywhere else. All the garbage and cuss words they use now, were not allowed

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Although I wasn't very groovy, I knew some groovy chicks in the 60's and early 70's. Still got one of them after 38 years.

It was trick photography then, now it's special affects.

And where I grew up, I never saw a colored person until age 13.
 

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Gosh Tron for a long time I thought your name was MF. That's what they called you when you first came on here.

After we finished shooting for the first time a couple of guys came up to me and said "who was that MF you were shooting with".

Gee sure glad you cleared that up and now all is swell, see.

Don
 

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I loved watching the Bowery Boys and their slang.

I didn't know any different, so maybe people in New York did speak like that.

Most bad guys were "Wise Guys", by Edward G. Robinson, and James Cagney

An uncle spent quite some years in the military, and once when he was home, he was butting in on everyone, and throwing some cuss words around........until my Grandmother boxed his ears good, and he returned to his old self.
 

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Tron, You sure did a swell job on that adjustable comb for me. :) And by the way I'll shoot with you anytime MF. Kind Regards, Bill
 

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Well, I'm a bit shy of being an "old guy", but I do enjoy watching old movies. Especially old westerns, war movies and especially film noir.

Here are some links with lists for four decades of slang. What's interesting about slang is how many of the slang words or phrases from back then are still in use today.

http://www.shotinthedarkmysteries.com/1920s-slang-terms-and-definitions/

http://www.paper-dragon.com/1939/slang.html

http://www.vintageallies.com/1940s/1940s-slang.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hipster_(1940s_subculture)

http://pleasantview1956.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=guide&action=display&thread=233
 

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If you sit by the chimney and wait for Santa Claus, I'm sure he can give you a swell answer to your question. He is that old, see.
 

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Dirt Stirrer, I agree there were some groovy chicks in the 60's, I got mine in 1964 a blue eyed blonde who was more than I deserved but I got her anyway and still have her, it will be 50 years next month. Woody
 

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Joe:
Back in the 60's a friend and I walked into a drug store and we were looking at car magazines. My friend showed me a 55 Chevy in the magazine and he said "that's BOSS" which meant really cool.

After he said boss, the owner/pharmacist yelled out can I help you?

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Hollywood was more innocent then.

Back in the late 50's colloquialism wasn't tolerated, at least with the teachers I had.

Even the word ain't got a chilly response.



Regards....Gerald
 
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