The Cheaper the Crook, the Gaudier the Patter

The Cheaper the Crook, the Gaudier the Patter

Forgotten Hipster Lines, Tough Guy Talk, and Jive Gems


The Cheaper the Crook, the Gaudier the Patter: Forgotten Hipster Lines, Tough Guy Talk, and Jive Gems explores the rich vocabulary of gangsters, hipsters, jazz musicians, and military personnel of the 1930s and ’40s. Entries include definitions, etymology, and examples of usage. This delightful compendium celebrates the linguistic gems cut and polished during the Great Depression, World War I, and the postwar fifties—now forgotten or in danger of being forgotten.




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