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Americans, and those fortunate English folk whose money and status permit them to go in freely for slang terms ...call the subject of these lines the 'flapper.' The appropriateness of this term does not move me to such whole-hearted admiration of the amazing powers of enriching our language which the Americans modestly acknowledge they possess ..., [and] in fact, would scarcely merit the honour of a moment of my attention, but for the fact that I seek in vain for any other expression that is understood to signify that important young person, the maiden of some sixteen years.Each country has its own very distinct customs and traditions, and even the most well-versed tourist is bound to break some of those customs.American tourists certainly make their own mistakeswhen traveling, but sometimes they're the victims as well.Another suggestion to the origin of the term, in relation to fashion, comes from a 1920s fashion trend in which young women left their overcoat unbuttoned to allow it to flap back and forth as they walked, appearing more independent and freed from the tight, Victorian Era style clothing.By the mid-1930s in Britain, although still occasionally used, the word "flapper" had become associated with the past.
Another writer, Lynne Frame, said in her book that a large number of scientists and health professionals have analyzed and reviewed the degree of femininity of flappers’ appearance and behavior, given the "boyishness" of the flapper look and behavior.In May of that year, Selznick Pictures released The Flapper a silent comedy film starring Olive Thomas.It was the first film in the United States to portray the "flapper" lifestyle.In 1936 a Times journalist grouped it with terms such as "blotto" as out-dated slang: "(blotto) evokes a distant echo of glad rags and flappers ...It recalls a past which is not yet 'period'.""In all countries, the First World War weakened old orthodoxies and authorities, and, when it was over, neither government nor church nor school nor family had the power to regulate the lives of human beings as it had once done.By 1912, the London theatrical impresario John Tiller, defining the word in an interview he gave to the New York Times, described a "flapper" as belonging to a slightly older age group, a girl who has "just come out".In polite society at the time, a teenage girl who had not come out would still be classed as a child.The sketch is of a girl in a frock with a long skirt,"which has the waistline quite high and semi-Empire, ...quite untrimmed, its plainness being relieved by a sash knotted carelessly around the skirt." By November 1910, the word was popular enough for A. James to begin a series of stories in the London Magazine featuring the misadventures of a pretty fifteen-year-old girl and titled "Her Majesty the Flapper".The slang term "flapper" may derive from an earlier use in northern England to mean "teenage girl", referring to one whose hair is not yet put up and whose plaited pigtail "flapped" on her back; The standard non-slang usage appeared in print as early as 1903 in England and 1904 in the United States, when novelist Desmond Coke used it in his college story of Oxford life, Sandford of Merton: "There's a stunning flapper".By 1908, newspapers as serious as The Times used the term, although with careful explanation: "A 'flapper', we may explain, is a young lady who has not yet been promoted to long frocks and the wearing of her hair 'up'".