Maybe We Can Eventually Make Language A Complete Impediment To Understanding.
August 8, 2011 7:38 PM Subscribe
I'm working on a comic that's a parody of detective noir comics. I want the most obscure, antiquated, and obfuscating slang from early 20th century America.
posted by cmoj to Writing & Language (10 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
The plan is for this to read like Cockney to the uninitiated. The dialogue by itself would be unintelligible. I'm not worried about linguistic anachronism, though something like, "moon shot," that would date it too specifically might be a problem.
I know I've seen much better lists than I've found googling, and probably somewhere in the Metas, but both lists and top-of-the-head answers are welcome.