Quiz: The Ultimate Old World Lingo Quiz
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The Ultimate Old World Lingo Quiz
By: Isadora Teich
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About This Quiz

The phrases and slang used throughout the history of the world may not have always had a great ring to them, but they sure are interesting! Some slang might be funny, charming or even offensive. It comes from different time periods and places making it that much more diverse. Which slang word is your favorite?

Do you know what the first meaning of the word "swag" was? Can you name a "square" in your life? Do you know what "earth pads" would have referred to in the past? Maybe you even know what the "morbs" are? Slang was and is still used in all aspects of life, from descriptions to items and feelings.

Do you know what a "bluenose" is? Do you know what it would mean to have "timber toe?" Would you know what to say if someone said, "Don't sell me a dog?" If those are easy, can you define what "canceled stamp" means? Sometimes a phrase might seem obvious, but it might not mean what you think!

If you're like a slang dictionary, this quiz will be easier than English class. If you think you know your slang (and a bit of history) take this quiz to see your score!

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Someone who was "cruisin' for a bruisin'" was looking for:
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If someone was a "muttonhead" they were what?
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Someone who had "earth pads" on was wearing:
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How did a person feel if they had "got the morbs"?
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When someone said "Don't sell me a dog!" what did they mean by that?
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What did it mean for a woman to be a "cancelled stamp"?
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If someone was a "dead hoofer" what were they bad at?
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A girl described as a "kitten" was:
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Two people taking part in "back seat bingo" were doing what in a car?
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If something could "make a stuffed bird laugh" it was:
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To be "in the ketchup" meant to be in the:
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Centuries ago "swag" was slang for what?
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"Doxies" or "bawdy baskets" referred to what?
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Someone who has "bought the farm" has done what?
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If a man was a "vice admiral of the narrow seas" he was very:
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In the old days "a fling" referred to:
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When something was "bang up to the elephant" it was:
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A "fart catcher" was a:
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Dangerous men, called "chalkers," roamed the streets at night during colonial times doing what?
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What was a person doing if they are "smothering a parrot"?
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A house full of "gimcracks" was full of:
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If a person was a "bluenose" they were a:
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"Bags O' Mystery" referred to:
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A "dewdropper" described a person who was:
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What kind of lifestyle did a person who was called an "egg" lead?
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Someone who was "ossified" was:
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Someone who was a "square" was a:
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"Dope" originally referred to:
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If a man was a "timber toe" he had:
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A man who was "in twig" was very:
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If something was a "bugaboo" it made people feel:
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If someone was "a hubble-bubble fellow" the things they said were:
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In colonial times, where were "Pompkins" from?
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The slang word "Jarkmen" was used to talk about a group of:
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