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Questions tagged [slang]

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

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Word for ditching someone in a taxi [on hold]

Is there a word for this sort of situation: Jack and Jill meet for the first time, and eventually agree to return home together for "coffee". They take a taxi to Jacks house, but as they pull up and ...
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What does “<nickname, callsign or characteristic> out” mean?

What does "smartass out" mean? This is a verb? (I know that "smartass" means, but) I guess it means that "He pretends to be smart, and tries to show it in all ways". Yeah, im right? Can you give ...
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“What price” and this context

There was a book version of My Fair Lady (not Shaw's Pygmalion) which, if I remember correctly, has the line in it "what price the Covent Garden cobblestones" and I think the tag "on market day" with ...
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What dialect is “You wants I should do it for ya?”

I heard this phrasing in an episode of a TV show, but I can't remember what for the life of me. I just remember how weird it sounded, because no one else talked like that in the series? It was a ...
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Is this archaic usage or a mistake in the gutenberg version?

In the version of "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" available on gutenberg.org here, this appears: "she told him at last that if he didn't quit using around there" Is the use of the word "using" here ...
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Whats a word for a person who pretends to be a administrator?

For example, person 1 is in a forms website and breaks the rules. Person 2 who is not a administrator tries to imposternate being one by informing the rules.
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Why do some British people fail to put an article before the word “hospital”? [duplicate]

Like all English nouns, the word "hospital" is normally preceded by an article. For example, we might have a sentence like the following: He was taken to the hospital by an ambulance. However, I ...
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Meaning of “go cards-up on something”

I've seen this expression in an episode of Supernatural TV series: "Do it, or I go cards-up on your whole clambake" For me it seems he intends to tell the others about "the clambake" unless they ...
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“Oh for cute” - grammatical interpretation?

So I'm from Minnesota, and while most of our English is fine, we're known for a few -- shall we call them -- adaptations. One of these is the phrase "oh for <insert adjective here>". It's used as ...
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What is a “demi” (in a university setting)

My university computer science department recently sent out a letter asking for "students to demi for our first-year modules". The letter makes mention of it several times, such as "demis must have ...
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What does “fu” mean? [closed]

Bitch niggas always jackin' blood, but I know they fu What does "fu" mean in this context? I'm sure it isn't "fuck you".
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What is the space in between flights of stairs where you can see all the way down called?

The space between flights of stairs that is kinda like a tunnel of sorts. Or a shaft. Does it have a name? It needs a name. Maybe this should be posted on a architecture page.
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Slang word for amputee [closed]

How do you refer (informally) to someone that is missing (1) one eye (2) a leg / foot or an arm / hand. ?? Am looking for something that I can use in a translated expression... For example... We ...
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When and where did “bad boy” start being used to mean something impressive, e.g. “Let's take this bad boy out for a spin!”

The term "bad boy" literally means a boy who is bad. Those of us who were boys and grew up speaking English are likely to have heard it applied to us, either as a description or a warning. Somewhere ...
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Kids' slang questions

I'm ESL and have some questions on some of the phrases used in 'Dive Olly Dive!' "Hide and Seaweed" episode. Hope you can help. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yst45J7SFCI "...it's back to SURF with ...
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'GUTS' and Cast your Guts !spell again? in this Context

I see this dialogue in Code Geass episode 3 in subtitles and I did not understand what is meant by GUTS! and Cast your Guts! spell again? Girl1: Rivalz, Can't you take being a student council member ...
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Boo as a term of endearment

The Cambridge Dictionary defines boo as an AmE expression meaning: (us informal) someone you care about, especially a boyfriend, girlfriend, or other close friend: You will always be my boo....
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Where does “sport” meaning “wear” come from?

To sport something to have or wear something in a proud way: to sport a beard, she was sporting a T-shirt with the company's logo on it. (OLD) The etymology of sport as a verb doesn’t ...
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An unfamiliar word ‘raked’

I had something weird happened to me not too long ago, I was texting a friend and was asking a question that isn’t super illegal but it didn’t cross any lines within the law. To cut a long story ...
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Connotations of the word Triassic [closed]

Our company is planning to name a new venture as Triassic... and our user base is native English speakers mostly in the US and rest of the world. I wanted to check with native speakers does the word ...
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Abuse as correct, frequent use

In the context of videogames, mostly competitive, PvP videogames, it is at least somewhat common slang to say that using an ability correctly and effectively or frequently is abusing the ability. ...
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Where exactly did the slang phrase “digging it” come from

I'm a young native english speaker raised in Canada. At school me and most of my friends tend to use the phrase "Im really digging this", as to mean i'm really enjoying a specific thing or activity. ...
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Can you give me an example of metonymy using slang? [closed]

Can you use slang in an example of metonymy? For example, If I say, "his jacket is crispy" (crispy meaning really stylish). Or "put some panties on that window" (meaning roll that window up). I ...
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Synonym for “sure” and “yes please”

When somebody suggests me something (maybe offering me something, or suggesting me for a proposal/plan), and I would like to show my agreement/approval for that. Instead of just saying "sure" or "yes ...
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How to say “dulcet” in verbal English (or slang)?

For example, if somebody sitting next to me hummed or sang a song and I want to tell him that his song is dulcet, in a polite but informal manner (or even slang). How can I express that? Should I ...
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A term for: When a taste or smell of a product is being concealed by another product

Let's say, we create a smoothie and some ingredients are much stronger than others and they literally beat out the taste/smell of the other ingredients. a. We can't add durian because it will ...
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In the context of gambling, specifically poker, do you post a bet or place a bet?

In the context of poker a player places/posts bets. Two particular types of bets are the blinds. I've seen "place a bet" and "post the small/big blind" but are the verbs interchangeable? I ...
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Is “blow wise to” a dialectal/archaic phrase? What is its etymology?

But blow wise to this, buddy, blow wise to this: Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at a place called Mom’s. Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than your own. Never let ...
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On being “snatched” in slang

Connie Eble writes in UNC-CH Campus Slang 2016 on the word snatched: looking attractive: That outfit is snatched This is the earliest and only record Green's Dictionary of Slang lists as a ...
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What's the opposite of “last-minute (Christmas) shopping”?

The question is in the title. I'd like to know if there is an idiom or phrase used for someone who does not buy at the “last minute”, the hyperbolic expression is often used when purchasing gifts, ...
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What does “deserve a good kicking” mean? [closed]

I encountered this expression in a passage and did not understand. can anyone help explain? Thanks!
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Origin of the slang term “Becky” — was there originally a vulgar connotation?

Green's Dictionary of Slang provides only one 2017 citation for the slang term "becky." use of generic name to describe a white woman who is seen as using her inborn privilege as a means of ...
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Origin, meaning, and derivation of 'boof' as a verb in U.S. slang

Recently, the following entry included in a page from a 1983 yearbook for a high school in the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area has gained considerable notoriety in U.S. politics: Judge — Have ...
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Is the primary usage of “Daddy” sexual now? Why?

Just yesterday in chat someone intentionally misquoted Glen from Chucky, saying "dad." They then followed with: It's technically Daddy but that seems a bit awkward. Google ngrams shows usage of ...
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Do “brownie points” derive from food-rationed “brown points”?

The OED has this to say about "brownie points." Brownie point n. [probably a development < brown-nose n. at brown adj. Special uses 2, but popularly associated with 2 and hence frequently ...
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meaning of '4/5' (American slang?)

What is the meaning of '4/5' in this phrase? Azealia Banks' Insults Cardi B "You're illiterate, you're baby mama 4/5 to a man who has women crawling out of the woodworks with kids." — ...
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When did “a buck” start being used to mean a unit of 100? (E.g. “a buck fifty” for 150 lbs.)

Before you answer, please note: I'm only interested in when this usage was established in common (American) parlance. I know what the term means and I don't need it defined, nor do I require an ...
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Is it okay to say “what ja doing?” instead of “what ya doing?”

I live in the Midwest and it is very common to hear people say "what ja doing?" instead of saying "what ya doing?" or "what are you doing?". Is this okay? Is using the 'j' sound instead of the 'y' ...
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responsible as to her keel

In the short story, The Last Cruise of the Judas Iscariot by Edward Page Mitchel, which tells the story of Captain Cram, a sailor in Main, who builds a schooner with three masts, which was considered ...
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“sink my jig” in nautical dialect

In a short story by Edward Page Mitchel entitled The Last Cruise of the Judas Iscariot, captain Cram, a sailor from Main, tells the story of him building a schooner with three masts, which was frowned ...
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knocked clean out

In a short story entitled The Last Cruise of the Judas Iscariot by Edward Page Mitchel, Captain Cram, a sailor in Main, builds a schooner with three masts, which is considred by the town's people as a ...
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How do you “leave all the beefin' to 50”?

How does someone "leave all the beefin' to 50"? Context From the latest song by Richard Colson Baker "Rap Devil" Let's leave all the beefin' to 50 (please) Em, you're pushin' 50 You can ...
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What connection (if any) is there in Australian slang between 'dinkum' and 'dink' (meaning a ride on bicycle handlebars)?

In an answer to the recent question, What is the American equivalent of a "backie"? site participant Chappo notes that in Australia the word dink is sometimes used as a noun to mean "a lift ...
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What ever happened to “fink”?

(Child of the 70's here...) While in conversation with a millenial yesterday, I used the word "fink" to describe a low, sneaky, two-faced um, fink. She'd never heard the word. "Ratfink"? Nope. "The ...
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Slang Appellation for Plastic Surgeon?

Some years ago there were a few quite amusing, albeit slightly derogatory terms for plastic surgeons. A cursory Google has revealed but one: Sellout, which is a reasonable start. Others may exist, ...
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Is the expression “to run someone out” an actual saying?

I’ve hear it before, but can’t seem to find an actually source that says it is a common phrase used. As far as I know, it means to kick someone out. But let me know if you’ve used it before or if it ...
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Does “fu” mean weed?

Google translated "fu" as "weed" or "marijuana". However, dictionaries such as Merriam Webster and Dictionary.com don't have this definition. Does "fu" really mean "weed"?
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What does the colloquialisms 'chav' and 'scouse' mean? [closed]

I have been watching channel 4's Countdown with Jimmy Carr on youtube recently and have heard them mention these two particular colloquialisms/slang and was wondering what exactly they meant?
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The meaning and usage of ‘stiffs’ in “Of Mice and Men”

I would really appreciate it if someone could confirm whether I have interpreted correctly the meaning of “stiffs” in the following excerpt “I had enough,” he said angrily. “You ain't wanted here. ...
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Victorian English slang: 'earnest' ~ 'gay'? [closed]

Is it true that Victorians would understand earnest in a slang sense to mean gay? For example, in Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest is there an assumed pun on "earnest"? This was suggested in ...