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Sunday, August 20, 2017

1950s Slang: The Way We Talked, a guest post by Janet Elizabeth Lynn

Author Janet Elizabeth Lynn joins us on the blog today with a look back at slang in the 1950s.  A knowledge of the "lingo" is important to write the Skylar Drake mystery series she co-writes with husband Will Zeilinger. 

1950s Slang:The Way We Talked

by Janet Elizabeth Lynn


My husband and I write The Skylark Drake Murder Mysteries, a hard boiled 1950s series. To make this as authentic possible, we include the language used during that time period. Yeah, some people actually feel the 1950s is considered historical (Umm!)
           

It is fun looking up some of the slang that was used by the "younger generation" and for me, remembering some as well. For example:



  • Burn Rubber-when a car accelerates quickly
  • Shocker-a liar or cheat
  • Knuckle sandwich- a punch in the face
  • Get on the horn-to use a phone
  • Dullsville-a boring or dull person
  • Wig out-get agitated



So to make our characters real, we include some of the slang, dress them in period clothes (i.e. gloves and hats) and include current events of the time as a backdrop.

The results? Slivers of GlassStrange MarkingsDesert Ice and Spike Hill (to be released 2/2018)...and yes, we're still married.



For more information, visit www.janetlynnauthor.com or Janet & Will's blog at www.themarriedauthors.blogspot.com.

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