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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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Does “that's fair” indicate disagreement in a conversation?

If I argued with my friends and he texted me, "I got you. Yeah, that's fair." Does he mean he actually disagrees with me?
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What would be an internet slang adjective to describe something perfect, mythical and ultimately kind

In Russian language there's a slang/meme to describe something that possesses the "ideal" properties or characteristics - "lamp". It comes from the myth that amplifiers for sound systems that are ...
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Can banger (in context of a song) be used as a noun?

I wrote this sentence and something seems off about it: Some of their stuff are complete bangers. Can't place my finger on what's wrong. Is banger not supposed to be used as a noun? or is it not ...
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What does “Potato Cat” mean when you point this to a person?

I saw this phrase many times on Twitter. But, I don't know the exact usage or meaning this phrase portrays. Can anyone please enlighten me with the definition you think is accurate! Thanks in advance!
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What does “See it styled” mean?

I browsed a watch website and there's a section for an image gallery and the title "See it styled". The images in the gallery depict the watch worn by different people in different situations. The ...
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Why do people use the slang “what’s your twenty?”to ask for location but not other code like ‘ten’ or else?

I know from the Wikipedia that the slang “what’s your twenty”comes from the term ‘10-20’ of CB slang. But I don’t understand why people used the code ‘10-20’ but not something like ‘5-15’?
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How do I properly respond to “Have you sorted everything out”?

There is a guy at my university from another class asking me "Have you sorted everything out"every day, I don't know how to properly respond to that which is embarrassing. What is the best reply to ...
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Why is it “take a leak?”

Why is the sometimes-used expression to urinate "take a leak" or "take a piss", instead of "give a leak" or "give a piss". I looked it up using a search engine, and didn't find any good answers.
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Full form of Slang

What does the slang in the following example stand for? don't let s*** l**** see this
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Slang“put your guns on”

Would you like to tell me what does this slang mean?"put your guns on"anyone gets it?
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Is thriple,a couple with 3 persons, a recognized word or a rarely used slang word?

I cannot find "Thriple" in Cambridge or Oxford dictionary. I do not know if it is really used or not.
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What's the etymology of the military slang word “jippo” meaning gravy?

My late grandfather who served in WWII always used to refer to gravy as jippo and it has passed down into common usage by the family, while there are sources which confirm this meaning, I cannot find ...
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What does the man in the soup say exactly? [closed]

In this video - Soup Leprechaun the man in the soup says something I cannot understand. Can a native speaker please help me with that? Is it: would you like my pod of gold would you like my part of ...
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Is it common for children to say “times” when pausing play?

When I was a child on the American west coast, my circle of friends would always say "times!" to suspend play and talk out of character, or otherwise suspend the rules of a game. For example, if we ...
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what does “kicking ass” mean? [closed]

I hope you're doing fantastic! Well, my question is simple. I wished my friend a good day at work. About an hour later he said: "I'm kicking ass and chewing bubblegum". That's confusing :( I have no ...
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What does word «zippo» means in American slang?

I have to work in contact with one guy from the US who is known for his extremely laconic way of expressing himself in writing (it is curious there are no problems like the one described below when ...
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Making out the meaning of words

I am listening to a story that has no transcript. So I can’t make out some phrases and therefore the meaning of some sentences. I would really appreciate if you could help me out;) thanks in advance! ...
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“Stay on us for this” [closed]

In response to "Thank you. Much appreciated" Reply was "Please stay on us for this" What is the exact meaning of this response.
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What' s the meaning of 'mole trap'?

sorry if my English is not good . in season 1-episode 3 of "killing Eve", there a conversation about a murder between Eve and Jin. Jin want to give something Secretly to Eve. Eve : What is that? ...
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Growing popular misuse or change in definition of the phrase “conspiracy theory”?

Has there been a subtle shift in the definition of the phrase "conspiracy theory" in recent years? I've noticed the phrase popping up occasionally in conversations or in online forums, YouTube, etc., ...
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What is the history of the Australian slang word “sleeps” (meaning days)?

What is the history of the Australian slang word "sleeps" (meaning days)? I lived in Sydney many years ago and the term was not used then.
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What is the male equivalent of the 1960's slang “bird”, meaning a woman

Back many years ago, perhaps 1950's, 60's or 70's, the word "bird" was used to describe a woman, and more typically a girlfriend, as in the phrase "She's a top bird" Was there a male equivalent to ...
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“turnt” and “turnt up”

Time for another American English slang term I picked up from the YouTube comments (emphasis in bold mine) "well... i gave her a vicodin." reminds me when i had a cold and my dad gave me a sip ...
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Slang terms for unkempt and badly dressed [closed]

What are some American slang words for someone who is unkempt and badly dressed? I'm looking especially for terms that girls use to refer to other girls in their social circles in a mean way.
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Word for ditching someone in a taxi [closed]

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 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? [closed]

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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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 ...