Carl Cons' The Slanguage of Swing
A hot plate: a hot recording.
Barrelhouse: when every man swings out for himself.
Balloon lungs: a brass man with plenty of wind.
Bleed all choruses: no intro, no verse, no change of key--just choruses.
Break it down: get hot!! go to town!!
Barn: ballroom with acoustics.
Corny: to play as grandpa would.
Chill ya': when an unusaul "hot" passage gives you goose pimples.
Freak lip: a pair of kissers that wear like leather; one who can hit high C's all night and play a concert the next day.
Gate: greeting between musicians.
Gutbucket: low-down swing music.
Hot man: one who can swing it.
Hand me that skin: a big expression for "shake, pal."
Maneuvering a horn: putting it through the paces.
My chops is beat: when a brass man's lips give out.
Modulate: a high-brow word meaning to break the monotony.
Pops: greeting between musicians.
Platter: a record.
Reedy tone: a sound not unlike that of frying eggs.
Ricky tick: see rooty-toot.
Rooty-toot: unadulterated corn.
Rub the "C": playing around in the higher register previous to hitting a high "C".
Satchelmouth: liver lips.
Swing out: to embellish a melody in rhythm; a spontaneous rhythmic phrasing; "to lay it in the groove."
Sugar band: a sweet band; lots of vibrato and glissando.
Schmaltz it: play it "long-haired."
Starvation jaunt: a series of one-nighters on percentage.
Take the acid: ability to take the bumps and rough spots.
The Warden: Secretary of the union.
That correct feeling: a jig quality necessary to get in the groove.
Wax a disc: cut a record.
Wah-wah:a brass effect, gotten by favoring the bell of a horn with a mute.
Brass blaster: one who breaks wind in a horn.
Boogie man: a critic.
Cats: folks who like swing music.
Joe below: a musician who plays under scale.
Reprinted from the November 1935 issue of Down Beat magazine.