Words and phrases popularized during Prohibition

From "beer needle" to "blind pig"

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08/02/24 | StarsInsider


In January 1920, the 18th Amendment to the US Constitution went into effect, prohibiting the production, importation, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages. This kicked off the period known as Prohibition, which, believe it or not, led to the creation of brand-new words—everything from drinking establishments, to the people who made booze, to booze itself. And while the 21st Amendment ended Prohibition on December 5, 1933, the colorful colloquialisms it popularized have stood the test of time.

Curious? Click on to check out words and phrases popularized during Prohibition.

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