From the late 19th century, meaning “cheerful.”
- “IN HIGH SNUFF”
An expression for “good mood,” used from the late 17th century until the 1930s.
- “OVER THE MOON”
Before humans literally went beyond the moon, this popular phrase from the 1930s means “overjoyed.”
Started out meaning “intoxicated,” but by the 1950s it just meant happy.
As in “tickled pink.”
Also started as a reference to tipsiness, this referred to a general good ol’ time in the 19th century.
In the 19th century, this bouncy term also meant “splendid.”
- “ALL CALLAO”
This 19th century sailor’s slang either referred to the Peruvian port of Callo or acted as a play on the word alcohol. Or both.
From the Latin for “let us rejoice,” this oldie refers to a merry jamboree.
From the Yiddish for “so happy and proud my heart is overflowing.”
This current slang in the UK certainly needs to make a trip across the pond.
- “DELIRA AND EXCIRA”
A term the Irish use to mean “delirious and excited.” We need to borrow this one too.
This classic from the 14th century doesn’t get used enough anymore.
- “TO LICK THE EYE”
This confusing 19th century gem was used to describe someone who was extremely pleased.
From the phrase “to set the cock on the hoop,” meaning open the tap and let the good times flow.
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Image above: Vik Muniz
A Bar at the Folies-Bergère after Édouard Manet, from the Pictures of Magazines 2 series, 2012.
Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life. Édouard Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, painted in 1882, explores the treachery of nineteenth-century Parisian nightlife through the depiction of a bartender attending to a male patron reflected in the mirror behind her. Muniz plays on Manet’s style, replacing Manet’s visible brushstrokes with the frayed edges of torn paper and lending the work immense visual interest.
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