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.