argyles
argyle is a pattern is made of diamonds or lozenges. In this case 'argyles' refers to knitted socks with the diamond pattern
baritoning
singing in a low key
Berlitz
the name of a language school
bobcat
large wild cat related to the housecat
calico
plain-woven textile made from unbleached, and often not fully processed, cotton
citronella
an essential oil derived from lemongrass, used in soap and perfume, as an insect repellant, and to calm distressed dogs
coloratura
soprano specialising in ornate vocal music
consumptive
sick with consumption, a form of tuberculosis
coony
derogatory slur for African-American
dyke
slang for lesbian
et pourquoi pas
French phrase meaning 'and why not?'
Fado
type of Portuguese folk music characterised by mournful tunes and lyrics about the lives of seafarers and the poor
fedora
A soft, felt hat with a lengthwise crease down the center of the crown
hausfrau
German for house-wife
hideola
ugly
hither and yonning
here and there
Indian summer
unseasonably warm weather in autumn
iota
a tiny amount
joss sticks
incense sticks
keep your bouche fermee
keep your mouth shut
la merde
French expletive
la negre
French slang meaning "African" or "black"
Linguaphone
A company that produced popular records teaching Americans to speak foreign languages
liniment
medicinal ointment
Maude
A slang term meaning homosexual; or male prostitute
mille tendresses
French endearment meaning "a thousand tendernesses"
minarets
tall, slender towers attached to a mosque, often containing balconies for prayer
oompahpah
rhythmic bass accompaniment to brass band music
outre
French for unconventional or bizarre
pig-English
abbreviation of "pidgin-English" - pidgin is a hybridization of two languages that occurs when the languages share geographic proximity
powder-room
bathroom, restroom, lavatory
preem
premiere
purl
type of knitting stitch
regimentation
to populate with military troops
rhapsodic
passionate, overly emotional, highly enthusiastic
schluffen
German word for sleep
shingle
lawyer
shyster
a person who is professionally unscrupulous
tapioca
a starch extracted from cassava, native to Brazil but spread throughout the Americas
TB
tuberculosis, a highly infectious lung disease
teletype
electro-mechanical typewriter used to transmit messages across two locations via an electrial channel
tenement
an apartment building
terrapin
a turtle living in fresh or brackish water
tres fou
French phrase for "completely insane"
vestibule
passageway or room located between the outer door and the interior of a building
Yiddish
High German language of Ashkenazi Jewish origin, spoken in many parts of the world