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Old January 6 2013, 03:04 PM   #4
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Re: Jazz music and tough guy fiction

I'm guessing with it's roots in the 20's and 30's it was associated with speak easies, bootleggers, and the folks who go up against the establishment. The term hard-boiled for tough guys originated in the jazz age, seemingly. Here's a neat dictionary of jazz age slang, which sounds like every detective cliche ever used in hard-boiled detective novels http://home.earthlink.net/~dlarkins/slang-pg.htm and a short article on jazz age slang is to be found here... http://www.mookychick.co.uk/how-to/h..._age_slang.php
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