Quiz: Do You Know The Meaning Of All Of These Old-Timey Words?
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Do You Know The Meaning Of All Of These Old-Timey Words?
By: Isadora Teich
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About This Quiz

Languages are always changing and evolving. While at the core they stay the same, there are definitely some words that your grandparents used as young whippersnappers that might sound a little funny and dated to modern ears. 

English, especially, has been spoken in so many countries and gone through so many changes over the centuries that it's chock-full of archaic (and sometimes downright funny) slang that most people today definitely do not regularly use. When was the last time someone said they were getting sent to the hoosegow? Perhaps it's time we resurrect it! On the flip side, Some modern words are older than you might even think. The word grifter, for example, has been around since roughly 1910. That's over 100 years of mileage! It can be a lot to grasp, but it's so much fun to see what wacky expressions people cooked-up in centuries past. 

Then again, people might look back at our slang and wonder why we thought "selfie" and "dumpster fire" were "hella tight." If you're a lover of the English language in all its colorful glory, take this quiz to see if you're really the bees knees!

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You might be asked, "Are you writing a book?" if you do what?
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Your "Sheba" is your:
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What is a "hawkshaw?"
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If a man is "dizzy with a dame," how does he feel about her?
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Is "mutton shunter" an insult?
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If someone is a "dead hoofer," what are they bad at?
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If you've got the "morbs," how do you feel?
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If everything is "Jake," then everything is ______.
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Is being "mutton-headed" good or bad?
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An "abercrombie" is a:
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What does it mean to "cook with gas?"
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If someone is "frosted," how do they feel?
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If someone is "all show and no go," is it a compliment?
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If someone says "don't sell me a dog," what don't they want you to do?
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Someone who is wearing "gas-pipes" is wearing what?
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What is an "ambidexter?"
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If you are drinking "dog soup," what are you drinking?
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What does it mean if "the bank's closed?"
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Your "daddles" are your:
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Someone who is "ossified" is what?
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A "dewdropper" is what sort of person?
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A car is a "hayburner" if it's what?
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To describe something as "butter upon bacon" is to call it what?
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A "drugstore cowboy" was a _________.
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Someone who is "bricky" is what?
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Someone who is a "wurp" is what?
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A "martinet" is what sort of person?
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If someone is "mafficking," what are they doing in the streets?
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If a woman is a "canceled stamp," what is she?
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If someone is "poked up," what are they?
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If you are drinking "noodle juice," what are you drinking?
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An "egg" is a person who_______________.
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A "bluenose" is a ______.
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