This will be a busy Wacky Wednesday. There are a lot of holidays to go over. This is the most I’ve seen since I started this thing. First, we must go through our slang words from the 1920s. You’ve probably heard of a couple of these. Our first word is Beef. This refers to having a problem with something or someone. Consider the phrase “There was beef between them.” Next, we have my favorite the Bee’s Knees. This refers to an extraordinary person, thing, or idea. Beezer is another name for that weird thing in the middle of your face, the nose. And finally, the phrase Behind the Eight Ball refers to being in a difficult position or in a tight spot.
As I said, there are a lot of holidays today. First, let’s go over our token food holidays. Today is National Clams on the Half Shell Day and National Tater Day (tater meaning potatoes). Also, today we celebrate National Bunsen Burner Day, National Crayon Day, and National Prom Day (yes as in high school prom). And finally, the holidays that always occur on the last Wednesday of March, National Little Red Wagon Day and Manatee Appreciation Day. All these holidays are self-explanatory but feel free to look them up if you’re not sure what they’re about. Wacky Wednesday posts will take a break during April as we celebrate National Poetry Month. They will resume the first Wednesday of May.
Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday where we explore some wacky words along with some wacky holidays. We will continue our exploration into slang words from the 1920s. Some of these are still used today. Our first word, Baby, refers to any person and can be used for any gender. Folks in Hollywood still talk this way. Maybe you’ve heard your grandparents say something’s a lot of Baloney. They mean it’s nonsense or something not to be believed. The phrase Be on the nut means to be broke. I want to bring that phrase back. It’s fun to say. And finally, a Bean-shooter is another name for a firearm.
We have two token food holidays today. Today is National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day and National Cheesesteak Day. They both are delicious. Cheesesteaks are sandwiches first developed in South Philadelphia. Today is also National Equal Pay Day. This day changes annually and occurs in March or April to represent how far into the year a woman works to earn as much as a man for the same work. Currently, women make about $0.82 to $0.85 for every $1 earned by men. It’s time to close the wage gap. This holiday was started in 1996 by the National Committee on Pay Equity.
For today’s Wacky Wednesday, we are starting with a new list of words. We now begin our trek into 1920’s slang. We’re bringing some of these terms back for the 2020’s. Many of these have short definitions so you’re getting many of them at once. First, we have Alderman which means a man’s potbelly. Next is Ameche (I’m not sure about pronunciation), which stood for a telephone. Then we have Ankle which has two meanings. As a verb is means to walk. As a noun is means a woman. And as a nice segue, our last word for the day is Babe which also refers to a woman.
For our holidays today, we all know it’s St. Patrick’s Day and I’m not going to get into the history or origins because there are a thousand other places you can find that info. If you don’t like research, we can’t be friends. Our token food holiday is National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day. This is appropriate for all the “Irish for a day” folks out there. I happen to be 10% Irish, so my celebrations have a different meaning this year. And finally, on the third Wednesday of March every year, it’s National Small Business Development Centers Day. SBDCs support entrepreneurs in the pursuit of small business ownership. Have a drink for the folks who’ve been helping small businesses since 1976.