Slang is a type of language that consists of words, and phrases, that are regarded as very informal.

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What does “sliders” mean in this context?

I am reading the book "Moneyball" by Michael Lewis and in Chapter3 - The Enlightment, there is a paragraph: "His teammates might as well have been a different species than the high school kids he ...
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Differences between formal and colloquial English? [closed]

What are the basic differences between formal and colloquial English? Is it right that colloquial English uses more contracted forms, slang expressions, phrasal verbs, subjunctive, and euphemisms? ...
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Origin of “blimey”

According to Etymonline: (It is also used in excitement.) blimey by 1889, probably a corruption of (God) blind me! First attested in a slang dictionary which defines it as "an apparently ...
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What does this phrase mean: “they just can't keep their hands off the cookie jar”?

What does the following sentence mean? They just can’t keep their hands off the cookie jar (or outta the cookie jar) I came across this sentence in a movie. The context is racism and the social ...
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Are “lb” or “lbs” ever pronounced differently from “pound(s)”?

The “standard” pronunciation of lb or lbs is the same as for pound(s). However, given the nature of humans, I find it likely that in some slang a pronunciation based on the written word is used, ...
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Origin of “retarded” (slang)

retarded[ri-tahr-did] adjective characterized by a slowness or limitation in intellectual understanding and awareness, emotional development, academic progress, etc. Slang. stupid or ...
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Etymology of “And the Three Bears”

"And the three bears" is a catch-phrase used to express disbelief:- This new investment will allow the Government to save taxpayers' money! And the three bears. Does anyone know how this ...
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What do these slang phrases in Dahl's “The BFG” mean?

I am studying Roald Dahl's The BFG and I am confused by a couple of passages. Context: The Big Friendly Giant suggests that the soldiers leave the helicopter and then drive Jeeps to man-eating ...
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What is the etymology of the word “basic” as used in current slang? [duplicate]

For those not familiar with the term, it is used mainly by teens and 20-somethings. The definition can be found at Urban Dictionary (look at definitions 1 and 3). Specifically, I am not talking ...
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What is the origin of the term “ages”

I understand obviously that an "age" is a measurement of time, but can someone specify for me the earliest known use of "ages" as a slang term? An example would be the following use: The drive to ...
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What is a bogan called in the UK? [duplicate]

In Australia, "bogan" is used to describe a person who is uncouth and rather unsophisticated and considered lower class. However, "bogan" is not necessarily offensive - some people pride themselves ...
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What does “iron-ass” mean?

In New York Times’ (November 7) article under the title, “Poppy Bush finally gives junior a spanking,” Maureen Dowd introduced the following statement of Jon Meacham’s new biography, “Destiny and ...
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The meaning of 'take over' in this sentence

I've recently watched a youtube video where a person mentioned a phrase 'It's pretty much taken over my Instragram'. I think she meant 'The pictures are taken over.' I tried to find out all of the ...
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Origin of the word “glitch”

glitch /ɡliCH/ noun: glitch; plural noun: glitches 1. a sudden, usually temporary malfunction or irregularity of equipment. "a draft version was lost in a computer glitch" ...
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Is there “BFU” acronym meaning 'Stupid Average User' (expressively) in English IT slang?

Have you ever encountered given initialism denoting 'Brain-Free User', as opposed to 'power user / geek / nerd / IT professional'? If so, do you consider its usage 'widespread', at least in your ...
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North American joke: “What do you call Halloween boner?'”

I searched everywhere to find out what this joke means: "What do you call a Halloween boner?" "Petrified wood!" Wood is probably slang for boner. Maybe erectile dysfunction, but I still don't ...
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Origin of the term 'Pom'

I am fishing for an explanation. The term 'Pom' for an Englishman is used in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The common explanation is that it is derived from 'pomegranate' - saying the ...
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Meaning of the statement “Are you playing thick or just are? ”

Somebody told me Are you playing thick or just are? in the middle of a conversation. and I didn't know its meaning. I searched for "play thick" in Google, but I didn't find anything. Is “are ...
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What are the sources of the popularity of the urban slang term “shank”? [duplicate]

to shank to stab with an improvised knife How did shank evolve to its importance in popular culture? Has there been a key gangster rap with this word, perhaps taking off as an internet ...
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is this sentence right? is it a slang? or is it wrong?

If I want to say I am good at something but not very good can I say "I am about good" does this phrase considered slang.
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A Philadelphia Question

Up until recently I was firmly convinced that the expression "youse guys" originally came from Brooklyn, New York. A couple of days ago I ran across an essay that mentioned (in a disgustingly ...
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What does “Keep it real” mean in this context?

All: It is 9:00PM, one of my coworker said to me:"Dude, keep it real..". I am curious about what does that means? I thought that phrase only has negative meaning( like true to urself. behave your ...
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What grammar rules are violated by “when you” statements?

For the past couple of years there has been a trend on twitter and facebook to post statuses with incomplete "when you" statements. These statements are intended to imply some unstated, but obvious ...
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Who was the first white person in media to use the phrase “Shout-Out”?

Jazz was created by African-Americans. It's impossible to say with any authority exactly where and how it started, other than to acknowledge that it started in Black-American culture. It is much ...
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What does “zoozi” or “zoozie” mean?

I've heard a phrase in London, it sounded like "It's a big zoozi" or something like that. I wonder what this could mean?
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What is the meaning of “there goes my day”?

What is the meaning of "there goes my day"? My friend message me with a youtube video followed by "there goes my day"
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Is staubert a slang term for stylish? And what is its origin?

A listener to Words to the Wise [audio at wtcmradio.com] shared that his family used the word staubert to describe something stylish, such as a new suit. I speculate that it is derived from the ...
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What are the standard suffixes to turn a location name into a personal discription?

When America becomes American, and Earth becomes Earthling, a suffix has been used. Is this slang or are there standard rules for this type of suffix? Most often I see/hear -ite, -an, -van or -er. ...
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What is the difference between “up in here” and “in here”? And what does “up in here” mean?

A friend of mine from London tried to explain the difference to me, but still I got no definite answer. He said "It's one thing," but "up in here" has... something... special—anyway I don't know.
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Source of the phrase “call [somebody] out of name”

I was introduced today to the phrase "Call out of name" as in: She claimed the other girl called her out of name. I had to ask what it meant and the answer was "she called her a bitch". I'm ...
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What does the term “chalkiest” mean in the context of Fantasy Football?

In reading recaps of Fantasy Football player performances tonight, I came across this statement: Williams got the start in place of LeSean McCoy (hamstring) and was the chalkiest play of the week ...
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What does “fiddle with that” mean [closed]

What does "fiddle with that" mean. Can anyone please explain with an example. Thank you.
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A second past-form: “dig” / “digged” / “digged”

I've been digging through the Internet and I can't find any legit answers to this question, even in English dictionaries. Probably because this particular usage is rarely used in the past tense. ...
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“Hi animals” — a US expression?

today I got a meesage on facebook by a known guy to me, from US, and the message was like that Hi animals, what is the address to the place? So the question is, the Hi animals is it a kind of ...
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Origin and variants of phrase: “let's blow this popsicle stand”

I'd like to know the origin and precursor or derivative variants of the phrase "let's blow this popsicle stand". Reliable, conclusive, source-supported, authoritative and consistent information about ...
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What is the correct usage of “throwing shade”?

The renowned scholarly institution UrbanDictionary defines the term as follows: throw shade: to talk trash about a friend or aquaintance, to publicly denounce or disrespect. When throwing shade ...
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Equivalent AmEnglish expression of BrEnglish slang term “cheeky”

I play an online game with a group of people, one of whom is UK-based. He was going out of town for several days, so he told us to "feel free to do a cheeky quest" without him. What does the word ...
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Where is this +y-izing habit coming from?

Like laptop -> lappy, napkin -> nappy, football -> footy Is this just an Aussie thingy?
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Seeking origin (modern etymology) of a new (slang) use of the word “pixelation”

It would appear that a new (abusive) use of the word pixelation has cropped up. Go to YouTube and enter "pixelation" and you will be barraged with a collection of stop-motion animation videos. Can ...
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Does anyone know the origin of the phrase “walk it off”? [duplicate]

Ex. When someone gets hurt, usually in sports, and someone tells you to "walk it off"
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“Came at [XYZ] life” origin?

What's the origin/etymology of "[ABC] came at [XYZ] life?" The definition according to Urban Dictionary is A phrase that is used in past tense to describe a situation in which another person ...
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Opposite of “Sugar Daddy”: A young person supporting an older person (financially, materially, sexually)

I have done quite a bit of searching, no result. Is there a term for the young equivalent of a "Sugar Daddy/Momma"? Not a "Sugar Baby", but a young person who does what a "Sugar Daddy" typically would ...
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exchanging initial consonants: name that spooneristic practice [duplicate]

Recently I came across the expression "dain-bramaged". I assume that there are other seemingly flippant instances of the exchange of initial consonants of words, but is there a general term for such ...
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Does “three corner” refer to South Australia? [closed]

In the NHK program Somewhere Street (Japanese: Sekai Fureai Machiaruki) on Adelaide, a lifesaver was quoted as saying what sounded like (pideo.net link at 14:25): Born down the road ... after ...
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Word meaning “to startle someone by surreptitiously poking them in the sides, from behind”

I inadvertently caused a great deal of amusement among a group of friends by incorrectly using the word "goose" to describe the action of sneaking up behind a person and poking, tickling, or touching ...
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Strange text on shirt

Is this text correct? Dont ever let anyone tell you you aine beautiful Someone told me that this is correct: it's a phonetic transcription (Afro Americans discard a lot of phonetic rules ...
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Why do people say the boyfriend instead of my boyfriend?

Why do people sometimes say the boyfriend instead of my boyfriend? Is it slang native to a particular part of the country?
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Did “courage to work” used to mean “must be willing to stay sober during working hours”?

I found this picture of a casting call from the 1960s, for the TV show and musical legend that eventually became known as "the Monkees": The phrase I'm asking about is "Courage to work". A friend ...
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Slang or idioms for someone in a doomed situation

Are there any idioms, slang or informal expressions for a bad situation that causes trouble for a person and seems impossible to get out of. An example: A guy lost a smartphone with a ton of ...
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What's the meaning of “un-PC”? [closed]

Yesterday, I came across the word "un-PC" while reading a book, and I couldn't find it in a dictionary. Can anybody explain it, please?