We have another day of too many holidays. I’m not sure where they all come from anymore. First, we’ll continue learning the slang terms from the 1920s. Our first word/phrase today is the Big Sleep which references death. It’s also the name of a 1946 film with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Next, we have Bim referring to a woman, though I think most people said babe instead. Bing was jailhouse talk for solitary confinement. And Bit was another term for a prison sentence. These are just a few of the wacky words used back in the 1920s.
Now for the many, many holidays to celebrate today. Like last week, you can look these up on your own if you’re interested. Our token food holiday today is National Nutty Fudge Day. We also have National Limerick Day, National Odometer Day, and National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. That’s an unusual combination of things to celebrate. Every second Wednesday in May we celebrate National Receptionists’ Day and National Third Shift Workers Day. And on the Wednesday of National Nurses Week, which is this week, we celebrate National School Nurse Day. Sometimes I don’t know what to do with so many holidays to celebrate. Maybe I should only focus on food holidays.
Welcome back to Wacky Wednesdays! After a brief hiatus, we are returning to our trek into the world of 1920’s slang. We also have a ridiculous number of things to celebrate today. First, we have Bent Cars which refers to stolen cars. There’s also Big Cheese, or Big Shot which refers to “The Boss” or someone of importance or influence. There’s Big House when referencing jail and the Big One when referencing death. Sentences might sound like “He’s in the Big House” or “He bit the Big One.” I feel gangs and mobs used these phrases more than common folk, but I could be wrong.
For our holidays today, I’m going to list them off and you can do a bit of research if you’re interested. Cinco de Mayo is of course the most well-known. Check out this post I made last year about the Battle of Gettysburg. In the third paragraph I mention Cinco de Mayo (also known as the Battle of Puebla). Remembering the Battle of Gettysburg. We also have National Astronaut Day, National Cartoonists Day, National Silence the Shame Day, National Totally Chipotle Day, and National Hoagie Day. On the first day of Wednesday in May we celebrate National Skilled Trades Day and National Interpreter Appreciation Day. And finally, a holiday that changes annually, National Bike to School Day. That’s it. That’s all of them. I need to sit down after all that.
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.