Created: Thursday, 30 May 2002 Written by BLIXAN ICKY BY ANY OTHER NAME...
Jazz Jive King Cab Calloway's glossary of jive expressions (These terms were usurped from Cab's out-of-print 1930's-era book of "hep slang")
Victorians still recovering from the scandalous reign of the deposed corporate zealot, boorish loudmouth and thug Lord Jeff of Balwyn should note the explanation for the expression "JEFF" - as if we didn't all know! ARMSTRONGS (N) musical notes in the upper register, high trumpet notes.
BEATUP (N) small change. Example "Can you lend me a little beatup?"
BLAP (N) something very good. Example "That's a blap."
COOLING (V)laying off between engagements, not working
CUT RATE (N) a low, cheap person. Example "Don't play me cut rate, Jack!"
DILLINGER (N) a killer-diller, too hot to handle.
DRAPE (N) suit of clothes, dress, costume.
DRY GOODS (N) same as DRAPE
FEWS AND TWO (N) money or cash in small quantity.
FINAL (V) to leave, to go home. Example "I finaled to my pad" (went to bed), "we copped a final" (went home)
FRAUGHTY ISSUE (N) a very sad message, a deplorable state of affairs.
GOT YOUR GLASSES ON you are ritzy or snooty, you fail to recognize your friends, you are up-stage.
IGG (V) to ignore someone. Example "Don't igg me."
JEFF (N) a pest, a bore, an icky.
JELLY (N) anything free, on the house.
LEAD SHEET (N) a top coat.
LEFT RAISE (N) left side. Example "Dig the chick on your left raise."
MAIN QUEEN (N) favorite girl friend.
NEIGHO POPS nothin' doin', pal.
NICKLE NOTE (N) five dollar bill
OFFTIME JIVE (N) a sorry excuse, saying the wrong thing.
OFF THE COP (A) corny, out of date.
ORCHESTRATION (N) overcoat.
SET OF BRIGHT SEVENS (N) one week.
SLIDE YOUR JIB (V) to talk freely.
TRICKERATION (N) struttin' your stuff, muggin' lightly and politely.
TWISTER TO THE SLAMMER (N) the key to the door.
VIPER (N) one who smokes reefers, a tea-hound
V-8 (N) a chick who spurns company, is independent, is not amenable.
WHIPPED UP (V) worn out, exhausted, beat for your everything.
YEAH, MAN an exclamation of assent.