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

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What's slang for “plot twist”?

Some weeks before, I came across the slang for ‘plot twist’ which I had never heard of. The word ends with double 'o'. Another example of the 'mysterious word' would be this picture which you can see ...
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When did “Happy ending” get used as a euphemism?

Once upon a time, happy ending was only used in the context of fiction. But since then, it's been used as a euphemism for sexual release at the end of an erotic massage. When did "Happy ending" get ...
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What does “Gurl” mean? [closed]

Katy Perry has a pop dance song titled California Gurls. What does Gurls mean in that context? For me, after readying the lyrics, it's about California Girls; is this spelling something Katy did ...
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Usage of the slang “a man Friday” in English conversation

Our Boss was talking with someone and he said, The office clerk typist is our man Friday. Does the Boss mean the clerk typist is the person who he/she trust? And can I use this slang for a ...
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What does the slang word “can” mean?

What does the slang word can mean in the following sentences: Hey guys, do you know where the can is around here? I can't make make it to the phone; tell them I am in the can. Finally, our planning ...
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“There is” and “there's” used before a plural word [duplicate]

I was just wondering how can you use "there is" followed by a word that is in plural, e.g "There's cupcakes in the fridge" and "There is a couple of things we can do --" Is it just slang?
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What's a word for “toughish”?

I am looking for an adjective that can be used to describe a 'thug'. Seeing that toughish isn't in most dictionaries (nor did I expect it to be, but an entry in a thesaurus would have been nice), nor ...
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What does the slang “My eye!” mean?

Does the slang my eye in following sentence represent "Surprise" or sadness? I heard that you made a high jump of eight feet at the track meet. My eye! From the paragraph above, I understand ...
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Meaning of the slang Boo

The following paragraph is from the story of Billy, Sally, and Joe: Billy and Sally were inside a dark room. - Billy yelled "Boo" and scared Sally. Then, Joe came in. - Hey, boo, come over ...
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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, e.g....
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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 Giants'...
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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" 1.1 ...
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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 sensation? ...
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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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phrase or idiom meaning 'I don't have enough money nowadays.' [closed]

Is there any phrase or idiom meaning 'I don't have enough money nowadays'? I just want to know sentences which are used in everyday life.
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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. I'...
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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 it'...
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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"