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

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

"How ya doin?" v. "How ya' doin'?" and so on. There's... a debate.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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 month—...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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“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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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A new way to wish someone a happy new year [closed]

Typically we say "we wish you a happy new year", would there be anything wrong with saying "I wish all of us a happy new year".
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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 ...
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Proper meaning of the slang “Baby”

Let him do it because it's his baby. Don't push this job on me because it's your baby, not mine. This classic show car is his baby. Hey baby, how are you doing today? I understand that the speaker ...
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Where is the word play in this dialog?

I'm trying to figure out the word play behind this dialog (it is taken from A Bit of Fry and Laurie show - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaqZpcPEZEY): Good morning. Right. Can I help you? Yes, ...
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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"