Walter Winchell was a syndicated columnist, radio news commentator and television host who pioneered the fast-paced, gossip driven, politically charged media culture that dominates today. At the height of his career, Winchell had a combined print and radio audience of 50 million and the power to make or break careers. He became the most feared and admired man in America, a man who transformed entertainment journalism and championed “Mr. and Mrs. America” in his daily columns and Sunday night radio program.
He was also a man who loved playing with language and his copy was often punctuated with made-up phrases and clever insults. “He had enormous linguistic inventiveness, phrases that immediately became known,” said author and cultural critic Susan Douglas in the American Masters film Walter Winchell: The Power of Gossip. He called this “slanguage,” and here’s a list of some of his most famous and hilarious phrases.
Synonyms for “seeing each other”:
Making whoopee (could also mean “having sex”)
Synonyms for “getting married” (or about to be married):
Ankled up an alter
On the merge
Synonyms for “expecting a baby”:
Expecting a bundle from heaven
Increasing the mom-and-population
Synonyms for “breaking up/divorcing”:
On the verge
Synonyms for “alcohol”:
Synonyms for “Times Square/Broadway”:
Main Stem Femmes
The Grandest Canyon