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Friday, July 20, 2012

Selections from My Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Continuing my Blogtown series, where I peruse my favorite book in the world, the Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang, Volume II, H-O by J.E. Lighter.

This week's slang is brought to you by the letter "M."

mad money n. money carried by a woman in case she wants to return home from a date without her escort.
1926: "Mad money, he explained, quite seriously, is what they take with them to get home on in case they fall out with the fellow they've gone with.

meatware n. Computers. a person; the human body. Liveware; wetware.
1994: "That all-nighter was hard on the meatware."

mifky-pifky n. foolishness or mischief, especially of a romantic or sexual nature; sexual activity; hanky-panky.
1994: "Your Aunt Evelyn getting drunk as a rat and accusing your Uncle Phil of 'making moofky-poofky with the coat check girl at Sardi's two days after we were married.'"

muggles n. marijuana.
1933: "'I found myself on the Mexican border with a bad 'yin' and nothing to relieve me but... marijuana. In New Orleans and other Southern American towns... this is known as 'muggles,' being sold in the form of cigarettes."

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