1920 s dating
Many Americans were looking boldly ahead, but just as many were gazing backward, to cherished memories of a fabled national innocence.
Many of the trends that converged to make the twenties distinct had been building for years, and in some cases, decades.
Or, alternatively, shout ) In related bee-talk, say something is "none of your beeswax" when someone who is not the bee's knees is butting into your beeswax. From World Wide Words, "It’s sometimes explained as being from an Italian-American way of saying business or that it’s properly Bs and Es, an abbreviation for be-alls and end-alls. Bee’s knees is actually one of a set of nonsense catchphrases from 1920s America, the period of the flappers, speakeasies, feather boas and the Charleston." (Other such phrases: "elephant’s adenoids, cat’s miaow, ant’s pants, tiger’s spots, bullfrog’s beard, elephant’s instep, caterpillar’s kimono, turtle’s neck, duck’s quack, duck’s nuts, monkey’s eyebrows, gnat’s elbows, oyster’s earrings, snake’s hips, kipper’s knickers, elephant’s manicure, clam’s garter, eel’s ankle, leopard’s stripes, tadpole’s teddies, sardine’s whiskers, canary’s tusks, pig’s wings, cuckoo’s chin, and butterfly’s book.") "Cheese it; it's the fuzz! To know one's beeswax; to know what someone's talking about.
Move your getaway sticks or you'll end up in the cooler."Hotsy-totsy.
But the process of staring, judging, and messaging potential suitors from afar—hallmarks of modern dating apps—is not new. Two nightclubs in particular—the Resi and the Femina—pioneered the trend.
Beginning in the 1920s, nightclub-goers in Berlin who feared face-to-face encounters could communicate with beautiful strangers from across the room. At the Resi (also called the Residenz-Casino), a large nightclub with a live band and a dance floor that held 1,000 people, an elaborate system of table phones and pneumatic tubes allowed for anonymous, late-night flirtation between complete strangers.
Even worst, if you search books set in the 1920s, you’ll find a whole host of stories telling the erotic exploits of young flappers. I’m not saying courtship and sexual life didn’t change hugely in the 1920s, especially for women. But the ways and the magnitude is often misunderstood by the casual reader.
But of extra-special interest to me in this article was the following note about the exhibition: On small tables like those at which “zozzled” (drunk) flappers and “jelly beans” (their boyfriends) once illegally imbibed “foot juice” (cheap wine) or “jag juice” (hard liquor), you can read explanations of speakeasy slang. Before World War I the country remained culturally and psychologically rooted in the nineteenth century, but in the 1920s America seemed to break its wistful attachments to the recent past and usher in a more modern era.The most vivid impressions of that era are flappers and dance halls, movie palaces and radio empires, and Prohibition and speakeasies.Scientists shattered the boundaries of space and time, aviators made men fly, and women went to work. But the 1920s were an age of extreme contradiction.The unmatched prosperity and cultural advancement was accompanied by intense social unrest and reaction.