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

learn more… | top users | synonyms

2
votes
7answers
11k views

What do you call someone who is obsessed with video games?

I need a slang word which means someone addicted to playing video or computer games. Could gameaholic work? It can't be nerd or geek because although those expressions denote someone who is ...
2
votes
2answers
193 views

What do you call that annoying toddler that whines about everything?

You know that kid you see in a supermarket with his/her mom, and the kid is all like: "I don't like that", and starts to scream? What is a good word or slang term for that?
11
votes
2answers
3k views

Isn't a “gonner” or “gonna” slang for a person about to die?

(I think this "blank" moment of mine is what is called in AmEng a brain fart, so be it) Isn't ‘a gonner/gonna’ slang for a person who is about to die? It's said in situations where, potentially, ...
5
votes
5answers
12k views

What does “flustrated” mean, and is it a word?

What does the flustrated mean? Is it even a word? I am using Lingea Lexicon and it doesn’t know this word, but the Internet is full of it. I find myself getting mad at people for using it both in ...
7
votes
3answers
165 views

Why is German anti-aircraft fire called “Archibald”?

Reading The War Illustrated (January 30th, 1915 number), I came across this passage:- At this speed they offer a comparatively stationary mark for the German anti-aircraft guns, always known as ...
3
votes
2answers
71 views

Is there a term for someone who barely moves their arms whilst walking?

I know someone who barely moves his arms when he walks, a bit like Frankenstein's monster. There is a Seinfeld episode ("The Summer of George") in which someone with the same behaviour is made fun of ...
4
votes
2answers
100 views

What do you call a spoken disclaimer on a radio/TV commercial?

The other day I was listening to the radio, and a very lengthy disclosure came on after a commercial. I know that in printed legal documents, and even on websites, the colloquialism for legal ...
1
vote
1answer
40 views

What's “quippy messages”? [closed]

When someone was talking about the online dating, like... "It's addicting. The pictures and quippy messages." What does "quippy message" mean?
4
votes
2answers
265 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
47 views

The meaning of the following lines?

I encountered the following sentence when reading the book "Algebra for young mind": For others, however, mathematics is a daunting subject, whether it takes the form of equations on a whiteboard or ...
10
votes
3answers
4k views

Why do Aussies use “cactus” to mean “dead,” “useless,” or “broken”?

This bloody washing machine is cactus! Glossaries / dictionaries of Australian slang (like this one, and this one) list cactus as meaning "dead, useless, or broken." How did this usage come ...
1
vote
2answers
61 views

What is the expression/slang to describe that you suddenly decided to go [travel, change environment]?

For example you get tired of your job and saying: Oh,[expression, meaning to go] overseas/bar? I'm translating songs from Russian..
11
votes
5answers
73k views

What is the origin and history of the word “motherf---er”?

I'm not a native English speaker, but I would like to know how and why people started using mother fucker. Today it seems it has lost its meaning because people use it all the time, but was there a ...
11
votes
13answers
6k views

What does “from hunger” mean?

What is the meaning of the phrase "from hunger", as in, "This xyz is from hunger"? From the context I found it in, it appears to mean either very good, or very bad, but it's hard to tell which. The ...
1
vote
4answers
3k views

What do you call someone who knows multiple programming languages?

Someone who knows multiple languages is called polyglot or multilingual (There can be nuances between two words also.). I'm not sure if we can apply these terms to someone who knows multiple ...
5
votes
2answers
263 views

Old, experienced soldier in US slang

In British slang, an "old sweat" is an old, experienced soldier. What is the American equivalent? I don't mean a veteran (someone who's left the military), I mean someone still in service.
2
votes
1answer
841 views

What is the meaning of “Bussin' juugs”?

I've been listening to trap music lately and I came across Gucci Mane's "Bussin' juugs". There is a lot of slang in the lyrics of trap music and given that I'm not a native speaker I didn't understand ...
6
votes
3answers
5k views

What is the reasoning behind the “urban” slang word “tight” coming to mean “cool/great/slick”?

How and why did the word tight come to be appropriated in this sense, for example as in, "That car is tight, cuh!" ? I mean, one easily extrapolates from the "normal" definition to understand why ...
5
votes
1answer
129 views

What was slang, profanity and swearing like in the 1800's. [closed]

What would surprise us about the vernacular of the common Tennessean or South Carolinian in the early 1800's? What expressions were used profanely that would seem mild or strange today? Given the lack ...
0
votes
1answer
488 views

What does the phrase “this the new vivy and millennium wavy” mean? Is it a slang?

I was listening to the new Chris Brown's album, "Royalty" and the last track/song called "U Did It" which features the rapper Future has the following line that I didn't understand at all: I just ...
11
votes
3answers
325 views

Does “show” for “put in an appearance; arrive” sound any more or less informal/slack than “show up” in modern day English?

Is there a difference in register between saying: He failed to show for his appointment When will the bus show? -and- He failed to show up for his appointment When will the bus ...
10
votes
3answers
7k views

If the English language is always evolving, why do we need to learn and follow grammatical rules?

Since language evolves over time — the best example I can think of is slang where it mostly doesn't follow grammar rules — why is there a need to preserve grammar or stress that proper ...
1
vote
1answer
151 views

Are there any “fake” Italian words used in English?

Now that we've furnished so many interesting words and ideas in response to @Adrian's request regarding pseudo-Gallicisms, why not do pseudo-Italian pseudo-loanwords in English? To paraphrase Adrian: ...
4
votes
2answers
1k views

What's the meaning of a message consisting only of a dot?

This is a question regarding the text messages culture (SMS, chat etc). Hope it's not off-topic since well, texting language is still language. It sometimes happens that during a conversation someone ...
8
votes
5answers
7k views

Where did the word “quim” come from?

Both the OED and Etymonline offer no clue as to origin of the slang term quim, meaning minge. The OED’s earliest citations are from the 18th, which isn’t quite as old as Adam, but has certainly been ...
0
votes
1answer
64 views

Is it bad to write “the rest of the gang”?

One person proposed something, then I told him my personal opinion. The I told him "...but I still need to discuss this issue with the rest of the gang". I mean my colleague and superiors. Is this ...
5
votes
3answers
1k views

proper way to write the slang term for “gravitational force”

I came across something very similar to this in a thriller novel: At this stage, the rocket is experiencing its maximum acceleration, say about ten gees. Here, the author has spelled out the ...
12
votes
4answers
1k views

What does the slang “in my arrogant opinion” convey?

I have seen it on the Internet as follows (abbreviated as IMAO): Only the Muggles will find it offensive IMAO. I know it's contrasted with the common phrase "in my humble opinion," but I still ...
6
votes
3answers
296 views

What is the etymology of “dope” meaning excellent, great, impressive?

Dope is a rather new slang word that is used to define someone or something excellent, great, impressive. OED says that it is originally in African-American usage and chiefly among rap musicians and ...
4
votes
3answers
12k views

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 ...
5
votes
3answers
2k views

What's the origin of “lit”?

Since June 2015, use of the word lit has exploded on Twitter. Here's some recent examples. Nena Marie: My Year is starting off lit af👌🏼 ...but is gonna be TD by Monday morning Nick: Jason ...
2
votes
6answers
138 views

Idiom or slang to show you're scared and/or sorry

Is there any idiom, phrase or slang you use when you have done something wrong and you want to show you are really sorry? Whether you are deeply sorry or you're just saying that because you are ...
11
votes
2answers
2k views

Yikes! Where did it come from?

(humorous, slang) Expressing fear. (humorous, slang) Expressing empathy with unpleasant or undesirable circumstances. [Wiktionary] Yikes! Where did it come from? OED says "Origin ...
0
votes
0answers
48 views

Slang meaning of “pod”

From Seinfeld, season 2 episode 5 ("The Apartment"): JERRY: Let me explain something to you.. You see, you're not normal. You're a great guy, I love you, but you're a pod. I, on the other ...
23
votes
4answers
2k views

Should “ya” have an apostrophe? “Doin”? Etc

"How ya doin?" v. "How ya' doin'?" and so on. There's... a debate.
8
votes
3answers
3k views

Where does the phrase “dead simple” originate?

It feels like there should be a story behind it, or perhaps a type of slang, but I can't find anything in various Web searches.
0
votes
3answers
1k views

Who uses 'inveritable' and 'inveritably'?

Does anyone here use inveritable in the sense of unavoidable, or the usual occurrence? I have heard people say things like: It was inveritable that the manager would have to leave after the team ...
3
votes
2answers
109 views

What does “like a [expletive] wazoo” mean? [closed]

I was video-documenting on my cellphone like a goddamn wazoo. What does wazoo mean in that sentence? I googled it, and the results seemed to indicate wazoo means ass. Is that what it means in the ...
2
votes
1answer
76 views

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. ...
6
votes
1answer
109 views

Origin of the term 'truther' as applied to conspiracy theorists

Today's Oakland [California] Tribune has a story from the Palm Beach [Florida] Post carrying the headline, "Sandy Hook truther fired by college." The story is evidently quite similar to one that ...
-1
votes
2answers
140 views

Spend a second thinking about 2cd vs 2nd [closed]

I've seen both 2cd and 2nd used during my life, sometimes almost interchangeably, and so I started wondering; what is the difference and what is the correct usage?
5
votes
1answer
67 views

Meaning of “Banksy’s your bag”

In the article about Dismaland there is a paragraph saying: Inside the walls of a derelict seaside swimming resort in Weston-super-Mare, UK, mysterious construction over the last ...
3
votes
8answers
11k views

What's a word to describe people who blindly follow their government without question?

I want to describe someone who fanatically follows one of the following: Governmental body Political party Country Basically, someone who will agree with their government/party/country regardless ...
3
votes
6answers
156 views

Is there a pejorative word for “poor” that can be used in a self-deprecating way?

I was trying to translate Portuguese-language expression pé-rapado into English, which literally means "grated/rasped/shaved foot", but that probably makes no sense in English. I'm not sure those ...
3
votes
3answers
573 views

“Kvell” word usage

I kvell over Zhang Bin's drawings I'm a bit biased about "kvell" word usage. It is on Urban Dictionary ( http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=kvell ), but seems to be pretty ...
6
votes
3answers
2k views

In Gary Bernhardt's talk about Ruby and JavaScript surprises, what does “wat” mean?

There's a video of a conference presentation by Gary Bernhardt about surprising behavior in the Ruby and JavaScript computer programming languages. At the beginning of the video, Seth asks the ...
2
votes
1answer
93 views

Etymology of ~Getting into someone's “kitchen”~

Popular in the 80s and early 90s in Black-American culture, but I doubt it made it into many books so we may be at a loss. The meaning, quite visual, is walking into someone's house and banging all ...
7
votes
3answers
892 views

Meaning of the expression “Eat sh**”

What does the expression "eat shit" represent in the following sentences? Eat shit, I'm not going to do your dirty work. Is this similar to "I dislike doing your dirty work"? Or does it mean "Go ...
6
votes
3answers
10k views

Origin of “I can haz”?

I see some domain names have "icanhaz" in them. I think there must be some story behind it. Do you guys know?
-1
votes
1answer
82 views

“Top of the morning to you” Is it formal or informal?

Just like in title. Is the phrase "Top of the morning to you" formal or informal, but like would it be wrong if I said it to for example teacher?