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Talk to the hand ['cos the face ain't listening] stems from black English in the 1990s, often borrowed by the younger white generation as many urban sayings are. To answer the question directly, it is offensive and impolite in any circumstances, albeit mildly so. More information of interest here ...


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There is a wikipedia article on talk to the hand: "Talk to the hand" (or "tell it to the hand") is an English language slang phrase associated with the 1990s. It originated as a contemptuous way of saying one does not want to hear what the person who is speaking is saying. A well known example would be this scene from Terminator 3.


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It means that the person saying it is not listening so you may as well talk to their hand. It's often extended to something like "Talk to the hand, 'cause the face ain't listening". I believe an image will help here:


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The oldest explicit association of men (males) with swine that continues to be widely recalled today is the episode in Homer's Odyssey in which the enchantress/goddess Circe transforms most members of Odysseus's crew into pigs after they gorge themselves on a feast that she prepares for them. So the first memorable instance of "men are pigs" involved men who ...


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Technically only 'damn' is a real swearword in the list your give. All of the others are 'minced oaths', i.e. "euphemistic expressions replacing the offensive part of speech with something else". The problem with a minced oath is that it loses its euphemistic value if everybody knows what it means, to the point where it becomes (to some people) the same as ...


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Pig: (from TFD) Slang - A member of the social or political establishment, especially one holding sexist or racist views. Pig: (from onlineslangdictionary.com) a lecherous male. I think that the expression has mainly to do with power and sex. Ngram suggests that its usage stared about by mid 19th century and became more and more ...


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odious adjective \ˈō-dē-əs\ causing hatred or strong dislike extremely unpleasant; repulsive.


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Having surveyed a particular suburb with many people like this, "jerk" is a descriptor, so is "entitled" for those who have a sense of entitlement over everyone else (not that they are inheritors, they just act imperiously). Sometimes a-hole is an emphatic suitable for a complaint context (e.g. "He's such an asshole, parking illegally like that."), but ...


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A current diagnosis (and equivalent image) might be: traumatic brain injury. The description of TBI, in its range of manifestations, minor to severe, seems to cover both "a little odd/special" and "retarded". (It doesn't, however, cover PTSD symptoms: panic, etc... but surely war injuries/experiences must have created many of both...)


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I have a 1992 use of "ratchet-ass" in the lyrics I'm So Bad from an album by UGK. I will post only a snippet of it here: ... get your ratchet ass out my fuckin do' Cause I'm Pimp C, I put a bitch in her place Reader discretion is advised. P.S. I wonder if it's a variant of raggedyass ? NORA: I better wait outside for Joan, 'fore you make me go ...


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The most obvious (IMO) origin would be to compare it to the most common ratcheting device, i.e. a car jack. The action (and result) of using this device is to "pump it up". Extrapolating all the nuances of the phrase "Pumped up" and substituting "ratchet" seems to be congruous. (Physically elevated) "Ratchet bootie" (Impressively imposing) "Ratchet in my ...


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When a slang word catches on, students of language often have a difficult time figuring out its meanings and origin. This, I suspect, is because it emerges not like Athene—a fully formed adult released from the mind of Zeus—but like several thousand frog eggs—similar in appearance to one another but bewildering in number and neither well defined nor mature. ...



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