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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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â€œHe beefed to me that, etc.â€
â€œYouâ€™ll blow your top when you hear this one.â€
â€œBoot me that glove.â€
â€œThatâ€™s a bring down.â€
"I got in at six chimes."
â€œI gotta collar me some food.â€
â€œI gotta catch some cups.â€
â€œI cut out from the joint in early bright.â€
â€œDonâ€™t play me cut rate, Jack!â€
â€œIâ€™ll plant you now and dig you later.â€
â€œDig the chick on your left duke.â€
â€œDo you dig this jive?â€
"I live in a righteous dome."
â€œIâ€™m a little beat for my doss.â€
â€œThe cats fell out when he took that solo.â€
What the cats do when they are warming up for a swing session.
â€œWhen it comes to dancing, sheâ€™s a gasser.â€
â€œThatâ€™s a hard tie youâ€™re wearing.â€
â€œI had myself a ball last night.â€
â€œMan, that boy is a hummer.â€
"That icky can't collar the jive."
â€œJack, you really laid some iron that last show!â€
â€œWhat is the line on this drapeâ€ (how much does this suit cost)? â€œHave you got the line in the mouseâ€ (do you have the cash in your pocket)? Also, in replying, all figures are doubled. Ex., â€œThis drape is line fortyâ€ (this suit costs twenty dollars).
â€œIâ€™m gonna lock up that deal.â€
â€œThatâ€™s mellow, Jack.â€
â€œThat last drink was a mess.â€
â€œIâ€™ve got a meter in the mouse.â€
â€œThatâ€™s solid murder, gate!â€
â€œI nixed that chick out last week.â€
Or saying the wrong thing.
â€œThat fried chicken was ready.â€
â€œThat was a righteous queen I dug you with last black.â€
â€œThat man is sadder than a map.â€
â€œThat was the saddest meal I ever collared.â€
â€œThat hat is sharp as a tack.â€
"Well, I guess I'll trilly."
â€œI think Iâ€™ll truck on down to the ginmill.â€
â€œYouâ€™re coming up on the wrong riff.â€
The only totally and truly American civilian suit
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