The 1910s Lingo for Having a Dilly of an Evening

You are jazzed to be attending the event of the summer,  the only thing left to create the perfect pre-prohibition era evening is the lingo. Here are some fabulous phrases from a to z that are sure to set the mood and make you the keenest guy or gal at Halley’s.

The 1910s began as times of rapid technological and scientific innovations and innocence and ended with the First World War that changed the world forever.  New words were created and phrases to reflect the emerging liberalism while some were created in the trenches and are still with us today. Knowing and using the lingo will make White Star Line magical. Let’s skiddoo. It’ll be duck soup.

  • bash: drunken spree
  • beat it: to leave
  • bimbo: a tough guy
  • boner: mistake, error
  • Boy!: an emphatic interjection. Boy, that was close.
  • break: opportunity; lucky break
  • bug: to equip with a burglar alarm
  • bull: Nonsense
  • call on the carpet: to scold
  • cootie: body louse; origins in WWI
  • creep: sneak thief
  • crumb: mean person
  • cushy: easy; simple. He has a cushy job.
  • date: a stupid or foolish person
  • dilly: something excellent
  • duck soup: easy
  • floosy or floosie: a woman of loose morals
  • goldbrick: one who doesn’t do his share of the work
  • goop: moron
  • grift: run a con
  • grouser: complainer
  • hanging: excellent
  • hawkshaw: detective
  • ice: diamonds
  • Jake: okay, all right
  • just off the boat: naive
  • keen: attractive, appealing
  • on the make: flirting, making advances
  • spruce off: avoiding work or duty by deception
  • steam up: aggravate, excite
  • vigorish: interest on a loan
  • Wisenheimer: Someone who thinks they are smarter than everyone else
  • whacked: exhausted

If you find some heel, crumb, or crackpot is getting on your nerves, simply ask them to buzz off before you get all steamed up.A foolish or stupid person was a date, dingbat, goof, or simp.

Make no boner, this is no rinky-dink event. White Star Line will be posh, Yessir!

After enjoying the bash, taking a gander at the beautiful people in attendance, sipping cocktails and dancing the night away, you may be blotto so take the short home at curtains.

You may find yourself in a bull session while at the event. These informal group discussions may be filled with bull, give you an earful, or be a gas, and that is just Jake!

You may encounter bimbos (tough guys), but grifters (con artists) and floosies on the make will be at some other joint.

You may even fall for someone keen who calls you snookums and makes you mush, on this magical evening.

 “Everything’s jake” was the common way to say that everything’s okay.

Bone up on this vocabulary and, with a little practice, you will chatter at White Star Line like it was the 1910s.

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Sources and Additional Slang to really step up your game:

Beard, R. (2018). A Historical Dictionary of American Slang – [online] Available at: [Accessed 29 May 2018].

Beyer, M., Hicks, J., Susco, D. and Hicks, J. (2018). 27 Quirky Slang Words from the 1910s. [online] Phactual. Available at: [Accessed 29 May 2018].

Telfer, T. (2018). 88 Vintage Slang Terms To Bring Back Immediately. [online] Bustle. Available at: [Accessed 29 May 2018].

Our Featured Sponsor – Gateway Casinos

Edmonton’s downtown core is experiencing a game-changing evolution, and at the centre of it is the vibrant ICE District. Gateway Casinos is at the heart of the action with  Grand Villa Edmonton, located adjacent to Rogers Place, serving as Edmonton’s new entertainment destination.

The Backstory

Gateway Casinos, which celebrated its 25th year in business in 2017, is no stranger to downtown Edmonton. The company previously operated the Baccarat Casino, which was dismantled to make way for the $32-million Grand Villa and a new generation of casino that encompasses modern gaming attractions in addition to top-quality entertainment and dining.

“Grand Villa Edmonton provides an elegant backdrop for all of your casino excitement—the grand spaces, rich finishing and individualized customer service are incomparable,” says General Manager Michael Vickerman, who has worked with Gateway for 13 years, starting as a blackjack dealer at Cascades in Langley, BC before progressing to the GM position at Grand Villa Edmonton in July 2017.

What’s In A Name?
Grand Villa is Gateway’s most premium brand. It got its start in Burnaby, BC at Gateway’s flagship property, which was inspired by the casual sophistication of an Italian villa.

“The brand has evolved over the years as we continue to add amenities that allow all customers to enjoy a great night of entertainment,” Vickerman says. “Luxurious fit and finish with an incomparable entertainment, dining and gaming experience is what you can expect to find at a Grand Villa.”

The Offerings

Gateway’s focus since early 2013 has been on the growth and evolution of its portfolio of properties to elevate customer experience by appealing to a wider range of customers. Grand Villa Edmonton is equipped with 30,000 square feet of gaming entertainment, with more than 500 of the newest slot machines and 28 table games, in addition to Gateway’s signature food and beverage brands—MATCH Eatery & Public House and Atlas Steak + Fish.

“There is no other spot in the province where you can enjoy a night of entertainment like we offer—public and private dining, live entertainment, VIP gaming,” Vickerman says.

Each restaurant offers a distinct atmosphere that creates a memorable dining experience for guests. As Vickerman explains, MATCH Eatery & Public House is a contemporary pub that features quality sporting and entertainment experiences, such as live music and featured DJs, along with modern twists on classic favourites. In contrast, Atlas Steak + Fish is an elevated take on the iconic North American steakhouse. Its warm and casually elegant ambiance is complemented by a stylish approach to hospitality and remarkable cuisine that takes guests back to a time when dining out was a true experience.

“Atlas has become the perfect place to host private events. The main restaurant seats 160 guests, and the private dining room seats 48,” Vickerman notes. “Being next door to Rogers Place, we get a lot of celebrities who visit us before and after their shows.”

Giving Back To The Community

Gateway Casinos operates 25 properties across Canada, and the company’s $85-million investment into Grand Villa Edmonton and Starlight Casino in West Edmonton Mall has created more than 500 jobs for Edmontonians.

“This is a sizable economic contribution that is augmented by other spin-offs through local suppliers, payroll, taxes and our community giving program: GatewayGIVES,” Vickerman says. “Gateway and Grand Villa are proud members of the Edmonton community, and we believe strongly in our responsibility to give back and support the community where we work.”

Vickerman is also proud of Gateway’s numerous community partnerships, such as GatewayGIVES’ collaboration with the Edmonton chapter of Meals on Wheels. GatewayGIVES sponsors the organization’s soup program three times each month, in addition to countless volunteer opportunities throughout the year.

Gateway also supports students through its bursary program. In 2015, Gateway announced a five-year, $50,000 partnership with NAIT in Edmonton to support students pursuing career paths in culinary arts and hospitality.

But Gateway’s community involvement doesn’t stop there. The company is a partner of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Radiothon, the annual Kids Up Front Denim & Dice fundraiser and is a three-year title sponsor of the Skirts-A-Fire Festival.

Tips For Aspiring Professionals
Vickerman’s top tips for up-and-coming business professionals are to take chances and ask questions. There will always be risks in the business world—especially when it comes to getting ahead—but Vickerman believes that opportunities will continue to come your way if you maintain your drive, integrity and credibility. And remember, always keep your word—if you promise something, follow through with it. Business is all about relationships, and maintaining a reputation for being reliable and trustworthy will go a long way.

“Being with Gateway for 13 years has taught me that it’s not just about having great customer service, but about providing an exceptional customer experience to each and every customer that walks through your doors,” Vickerman says. “There is value in the details, so don’t take anything for granted. When you are building relationships with people, it’s the personal touches that stand out and leave those lasting impressions that drive brand loyalty. Smile, tell the truth, be sincere and don’t be afraid to be a little out-of-the-box.”

Another Path

If Vickerman hadn’t joined the team at Gateway, his sights would have been set on Las Vegas—that said, Grand Villa is as close as you’ll get to Vegas in Edmonton.

“I love the action,” Vickerman says. “The move-and-shake of the casino industry really appeals to me.”

Vegas or not, Vickerman loves living and working in Edmonton. Among the reasons to love the city are the friendliness of the people, the exceptional food and abundance of sunshine—even when it’s -30C outside.

“I’m in the heart of the brand-new Ice District—it’s literally still developing!” Vickerman adds. “And it doesn’t hurt that Connor McDavid plays half his games every year right next door. There are beautiful parks to walk my dogs, and I live five minutes away from anything I need to do. It’s a beautiful city, and I’m honoured to be a part of it.”

What’s Next

Gateway has significantly expanded its footprint and portfolio, with 25 properties in British Columbia, Edmonton and Ontario—up from 12 in 2015.

In addition to growth throughout Ontario, where the company now has 11 properties, Gateway’s current strategic opportunities include a $57-million rebrand and renovation of the Palace Casino at the West Edmonton Mall to be known as Starlight Casino Edmonton, a proposed $70-million local entertainment destination in Delta, BC, renovations and rebranding at Chances Campbell River and Chances Courtenay, and the first Gateway redevelopment in Point Edward, ON, to be rebranded Starlight Casino Point Edward.


White Starline – An EOCC Themed Event on July 26

The Titanic is undoubtedly one of the most famous cruise ships in history, as much for its gargantuan size as its tragic fate. The infamous ship was constructed between 1909 and 1912 by Harland and Wolff in Belfast, Ireland. Its maiden voyage left Southampton, England on April 10, 1912 and was headed to New York City when it struck a 100-foot iceberg in the early-morning hours of April 15, 1912 and sunk. The wreckage was found at the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean in 1985.

The Titanic’s grandeur has been immortalized through historical records, artifacts and pop culture, and it will be brought to life on July 26, 2018 at Halley’s Club for a celebration filled with dancing, live music from the Million Dollar Dreamers and live paintings by artist Katie Cunningham.

In preparation for the event, we’ve gathered some interesting facts to help you brush up on your Titanic trivia.

Legendary Proportions

The Titanic cost more than $7 million to build, and it measured 269 metres (882 feet) in length and stood 53.3 metres (175 feet) tall. The ship burned more than 800 tons of coal per day—all of which hand-shovelled by 167 men—and required 885 crew members to keep everything running smoothly. There were approximately 1,317 passengers on board, and 705 people survived the wreck.

Opulence of the Era

The interior of the Titanic was inspired by The Ritz hotel in London, and the iconic Grand Staircase—which spanned seven of the ship’s 10 decks—was equipped with luxurious oak panelling, bronze cherubs and paintings. Amenities on board the Titanic included a gym, pool, Turkish bath, a dog kennel, a squash court and its own newspaper titled the Atlantic Daily Bulletin. The musicians on board the ship were also expected to know all 352 tunes in the song book provided to first-class passengers—just in case there were any requests.

First-class passengers had no shortage of supplies to imbibe in. It’s estimated that the Titanic carried 20,000 bottles of beer, 1,500 bottles of wine and 8,000 cigars. The Titanic’s final dinner consisted of 10 decadent courses.

Notable Passengers

The Titanic carried some of the wealthiest people in the world, the richest of whom was John Jacob Astor IV. He was worth a whopping $90 million at the time, which translates to approximately $2 billion today. Astor did not survive the voyage, but his wife, Madeleine, did. She was pregnant while aboard the Titanic and gave birth four months later.

Other storied passengers include Olympic silver medallist Cosmo Duff-Gordon; Benjamin Guggenheim, brother of Soloman Guggenheim, namesake of the famed museum in New York; Noël Leslie, Countess of Rothes; Margaret Brown, also known as the Unsinkable Molly Brown; and Millvina Dean, the youngest survivor (she was two months old), who died at age 97 in 2009. It’s also said that chocolate mogul Milton S. Hershey was meant to be on board, but he had to rearrange his travel plans to New York to accommodate a business matter.

Cinematic Legacy

Who could forget James Cameron’s record-breaking cinematic adaptation of the Titanic’s story? The 1997 film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, had a $20 million-dollar budget and grossed $2.187 billion at the box office. It was nominated for 14 Academy Awards and won 11, including the coveted Best Picture accolade, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Original Song for “My Heart Will Go On.”

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Celebrating Art and the Importance of Youth Mentorship at Latitude 53

Latitude 53 has been home to local artists and community events since 1973, providing an inviting space for connection and creativity. Tucked away between Grant MacEwan University and bustling Jasper Avenue, we were all still feeling the love from Valentine’s Day as a full room of influencers, artists and innovators came together to learn more about Big Brothers and Sisters on February 15. As part of the ongoing EOCC Community events, people from all segments of Edmonton’s thriving culture were in attendance, from business owners and artists to investors and entrepreneurs. Kelly Xiao of Edmonton’s chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters was there to speak about the work they do as well as volunteer opportunities.

Big Brothers and Sisters works with volunteers in communities all over the world to connect with youth and inspire the next generation of leaders in a safe and empowering way. BBBS began in Edmonton in 2011 and continues to provide various volunteer roles working with youth. We learned kids who take part in BBBS are 80% more likely to graduate, have increased confidence, higher grades and class attendance. As a volunteer, the choice is yours to work one on one with a child, volunteer in groups or work behind the scenes to support fundraisers, help with office work and more.

As we perused the fine selection of art from local talents like Katie Cunningham, Sofia Jogola, Omar the Artist, Chad Raymo and Jolene, the connection between these artists and the cause was palpable. Encouraging children to follow their passions, whether that is art or otherwise, is such a valuable way to create a more vibrant, inclusive and safe world for us all. The colourful and thought-provoking pieces served as a reminder of potential. Each work of art began as a blank canvas and blossomed into something fully formed and beautiful. Working with youth in a healthy and nurturing environment is key to inspire the confidence they need to become whatever they choose to be.

While the DJ spun tunes in the background, we networked, discussed art and grew our sense of community and why it’s always important to lift each other up, especially our younger community members.

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