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In addition to writing and performing great swing music, Cab Calloway created an entirely new lingo. He never took his hepster slang too seriously; it was all about having fun and being unique. Soon lots of people wanted to speak just like Cab. To help facilitate this, Calloway produced a Hepster Dictionary in 1940 that accompanied Cab Calloway sheet music.
Here's the stone bible for you to collar that apple trickeration that will truly get your boots on! Say all you cats and chicks, don't be icky. Bush your conk on this mess and you'll be wailin' with the mellows.
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“He beefed to me that, etc.”
“You’ll blow your top when you hear this one.”
"I got in at six chimes."
“I gotta collar me some food.”
“I gotta catch some cups.”
“I cut out from the joint in early bright.”
“Don’t play me cut rate, Jack!”
“I’ll plant you now and dig you later.”
“Dig the chick on your left duke.”
"I live in a righteous dome."
“I’m a little beat for my doss.”
“The cats fell out when he took that solo.”
What the cats do when they are warming up for a swing session.
“When it comes to dancing, she’s a gasser.”
“That’s a hard tie you’re wearing.”
“I had myself a ball last night.”
“Man, that boy is a hummer.”
"That icky can't collar the jive."
“Jack, you really laid some iron that last show!”
“What is the line on this drape” (how much does this suit cost)? “Have you got the line in the mouse” (do you have the cash in your pocket)? Also, in replying, all figures are doubled. Ex., “This drape is line forty” (this suit costs twenty dollars).
“I’m gonna lock up that deal.”
“That last drink was a mess.”
“I’ve got a meter in the mouse.”
“That’s solid murder, gate!”
“I nixed that chick out last week.”
Or saying the wrong thing.
“That fried chicken was ready.”
“That was a righteous queen I dug you with last black.”
“That man is sadder than a map.”
“That was the saddest meal I ever collared.”
“That hat is sharp as a tack.”
"Well, I guess I'll trilly."
“I think I’ll truck on down to the ginmill.”
“You’re coming up on the wrong riff.”
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