Skidoo Slang Timeline

First documented use of “Skedaddle”

 January 12, 1860:  “You’d oughter seen that gang skedaddle.”

-Wellsboro, Pennsylvania’s The Agitator


 Skidoo Baroque

 May 1872:  Baroque called Skidoo was reported as arriving in New York from Norway.

-World Wide Words


 Skidoo Yacht

 Late 1870s – Early 1900s:  Yacht of the same name took part in races off New York .

-World Wide Words


 First documented use of “Twenty-three”

 March 17, 1899:  “For some time past there has been going the rounds of the men about town the slang phrase “Twenty-three.” The meaning attached to it is to “move on,” “get out,” “goody-bye, glad you are gone,” “your move” and so on. To the initiated it is used with effect in a jocular manner.’”

-The Morning Herald (Lexington, KY)


Flatiron Building

1902: Construction completed on the originally named Fuller Building.


First documented use of “Skidoo”

 December 25, 1904:   “‘Now, that’s enough,’ interposed Maude, ‘let’s skidoo.’ And they skidooed with smiles and backward glances.”

– Washington Post


 First documented pairing of “Twenty-three” and  “Skidoo”

 January 4, 1906:  “Well, so long,” said the infant 1906.  “Twenty-three for yours.  Skidoo.  Beat it.  Fade away.  It’s my turn.”

 -“A Carnival of Noise in New York”, Manufacturers and Farmers Journal, Providence R.I.


 First documented use of “23 Skidoo”

March 21, 1906:  “Fire companies are having troubles of their own in getting music for the next biennial parade. One company negotiating with a band out of town has been informed that if it wants that particular brand of music it will have to pay $6 per man for the ordinary musicians and $12 for the leader for the day with expenses. If the engine company is independent enough it will wire to the band “23 skidoo” according to the members’ idea in the matter.”

-New Brunswick Daily Times


 Skidoo, California

1907:  The town site and post office were renamed “Skidoo” . It was initially named “23 Skidoo,” an early 20th-century slang term meaning “take off.” However the postal service refused to accept “23″ as part of the name.


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