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Would “the 411” have been marked as Black slang in the '90s?

On the Sci-Fi/Fantasy site, a user asked what "What's the meaning of '411 on the late-night drop box'?," a line from Captain Marvel, which was set in 1995. Another user answered that it meant "how ...
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Has there ever been slang-dense phrasing?

In today's culture, mainly with the rise in Gen Z kids getting online, slang in English seems to have become more fluid. In a YouTube video from JackSepticEye, while he was reading sentences that ...
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Synonym for “turd” [closed]

Is there a countable noun with the exact same meaning as "turd" - a single, formed piece of faecal matter? Giving the reason for this enquiry might illustrate why 'stool' doesn't really work IMO. (1) ...
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Sarcastic way to say something is unexpected

My friend's husband once bought her breakfast and she was surprised since he rarely did that. She wanted to say something like "that was unexpected" but in a more joking and sarcastic tone. We thought ...
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Adding “dot com” to the end of a sentence?

Overheard this one while I was getting my hair cut. The two ladies were arguing about whether or not a given shampoo was appropriate for a customer that had just left. Something about the customer's ...
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What slang words are used in social networks with the meaning of “cool”? [closed]

What English slang can be used in social networks to say that something is great and you like it?
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Can “pip” mean picture or icon in British English?

I am playing a British game and I'm having trouble exactly understanding some of the words used in the dialogs! from "godus" game They seem to use the word "pip" to mean "graphic" or "icon", but I ...
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What does “That stick through they man through the BS with” mean?

I'm concerned with the second line of the first verse of "By a Stranger" by Black Rob: We came to give love to our die hearted real bitches That stick through they man through the bullshit with ...
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Did slang “hang” meaning “turn” as in “hang a left” relate at all to boxing slang?

Green's Dictionary of Slang gives this definition of "hang," referring to turning left or right in a car, with a citation from 1966. (orig. US) to turn a corner in a motorcar; as in hang a left, ...
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what kind of euphemism is this “work done” about? (in a context of online dating)

This is the latest of several online dating profiles I've seen posted, by women, about "work done". He has done his own work and respects that I've done mine. Similarly, I've also seen he's had ...
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Does 'throwback' require an indefinite article?

Should it be ‘a cheeky little throwback’ or just ‘cheeky little throwback’ Any help would be appreciated
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Looking for a word for an “outhouse” inside the house

I need a word for a restroom that does not have running water - where there is a pit toilet or a composting toilet instead of a flush toilet. If it were detached from a house, I am sure it would be ...
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Is “How's it going” a slang saying

My friend asked me how's it going and I asked how's what going as I expected the friends meaning was that of knowing what I was currently doing but my friend doesn't know currently the things which I'...
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Is the following AmE usage of “chick” offensive?

GDoS shows the following AmE slang usage of chick (short for chicken) in different contexts: Chick: of interest to girls or women, e.g. chick movie, chick lit. 1993 [US] M. Myers et ...
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Narrowing Down a Phrase

In a story I am reading the narrator overhears snippets of someone else's conversation. In context, the sentence looks like this: Most of it was about story arcs and podcasts and montages and ...
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Does this vulgar expression necessarily imply a certain body part?

My question is about the expression "suck on it." Background (you can skip this paragraph if you want): at Spanish SE we were doing some back-translating of a game we were playing in Spanish. When ...
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Is “ho”/“hoe” basically an equivalent of “whore” which differs only stylistically?

On Russian SE we had a discussion about some Russian intentional misspelling one can encounter in Internet. As an example of such phenomena in English I've pointed to the following example: using "hoe"...
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What is the difference between “oof” and “oops”?

Can I interpret that "oops" is for when you yourself make a mistake and "oof" is for when someone else has a slip up? Do they share same origin? They seem awfully symmetric.
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Looking for a more obvious and more formal equivalent to a vulgar expression [closed]

What is the non-slang form of "shitting on someone", like to throw someone down?
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untill its worth / not invain

I guys, I'm wondering to make a tattoo but I have been struggling a bit for the words to use; the first idea was "until it's worth" (abbreviated like 'till it's worth) but the meaning that I'm looking ...
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The meaning of “scoots” as noun in Irish slang

In the second season, episode 4 of Derry Girls, in the last two minutes, the girls are caught trying to get rid of 'happy' scones, flushing them through the toilet, which gets clogged. In the next ...
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What is the origin and meaning of 'lookit'?

A recent English Language & Usage question (Information about "lookit") noted that a number of dictionaries do not have entries for the word lookit. I checked Merriam-Webster's Third New ...
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2nd meaning of “touch it and you'll be tangled up in it forever”

I just heard that "touch it and you'll be tangled up in it forever" has a really bad second meaning and I should not use it - can anyone explain ?
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What does “bang two fishes above their head” mean?

The context is "Then there are those people who come to it who have had enough of the trauma of abuse, who have tried ‘everything’ to heal but to no avail– and who would be willing to bang two fishes ...
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What is it called when someone types a random string of characters in an online conversation? [duplicate]

We can often see in online group conversations messages composed of random letters like "fjqofudnelfi" as a response to something surprising or unexpected. Is there a name for this kind of "behaviour"...
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What is the Origin of '' 'sup? ''

Sup is a contraction or aphetic of the older term ''what's up?'', Does anyone know how it has originated?
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Is “magnum” a valid word to cover “big”? [closed]

This word is mostly unusual to use in speaking, so here my question. Magnum comes from 1788 in English as "large wine-bottle," usually containing two quarts. As the name of a powerful type of handgun,...
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Meaning of “sleep” and “shave it through on the grub”

I read in "The White Silent" of Jack London and see this sentence 'Only one day. We can shave it through on the grub, and I might knock over a moose.' I do not understand meaning of 'we can ...
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“High and fine”: is it American slang?

I heard someone describing another as "a high and fine person". I couldn't find this phrase online. It is certainly not high and dry as it doesn't fit the context of their conversation. I wonder if it ...
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“Mouth-breathing” as slang for stupidity

This was used in the US TV series Stranger Things (S01E03, 2016): I was tripped by this mouth breather, Troy, okay? Mouth breather? Yeah, you know a dumb person. A knucklehead. (...
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When did “floored” become used to mean “surprised?”

My go-to resource, Etymology online, has plenty of information about "floor" as a noun, but not as a verb to mean "surprise" or even "knock over." I just want to know if it would be anachronistic to ...
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Does “me” take singular verb form?

I have seen a meme which confuses me: "At 18: Others: have partners, do drugs etc. Me: watches tv and sleeps Is this grammatically correct and does "me" take singular verb form? I ...
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What did Marge Simpson mean when she said “629,000 results. Wow. And all this time I thought that ‘googling’ yourself meant the other thing”

What did Marge Simpson mean when she said while googling her name 629,000 results. Wow. And all this time I thought that ‘googling’ yourself meant the other thing. (S18 E17, April 22, 2007) ...
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Meaning of an old slang phrase “on the pan”

A reference to this expression appears in Peggy Gilbert, "How Can You Blow a Horn with a Brassiere," Downbeat magazine (April 1938), quoted in its entirety in Jeannie Gayle Pool, Peggy Gilbert & ...
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Derivation of a slang greeting in Yorkshire: “Aye up serry”

When I was young, in the West Riding of Yorkshire 1942 to 1960 you would greet an acquaintance thus: "Aye up serry". I believe older residents of the village of Kiveton Park still use the phrase, or ...
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The phrase 'mentally check out'

I asked an older English person about this phrase, but he was unaware of it. Is it new slang that someone of his generation wouldn’t have heard, or is it strictly American English? I don't have an ...
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What is “ass door”?

I'm not English speaking, I understand the joke but say please what is "ass door"? Is it the same as butt door? Didn't find it in the dictionary.
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Expression for straight male who prefers the company of gay men

We used to call women who preferred the company of gay men as "fag hags" What are straight men who prefer the company of gay men called? I found nothing on the internet, unless you count Urban.
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Is there a reason for the “9” in teen slang “code 9”

Various websites that monitor teen slang have taken notice of a mostly text-based form of communication via the number nine, where code 9 or CD9 means, essentially, that parents or authority figures ...
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What does “cold balls” exactly mean in American english?

I've been watching a crime TV anime show lately, and I've run into this fancy and maybe offensive too ( sorry about that, if it is like so ) and to put you guys in the scene context here is a summary: ...
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What is the first documented use of the gay culture term “daddy”?

According to Wikipedia, "daddy" is a slang term in gay culture meaning an (typically) older man sexually involved in a relationship or wanting sex with a younger male. There are currently, however, ...
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Is it rude to refer to janitors as 'floor people'?

I came into the office today and the first thing my manager asked me was is if I saw the 'floor people' while I was walking through the building. The reason he asked me this was because he had put in ...
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What is the meaning of “Can I have a slice?” In NYC?

I spent the day yesterday with some friends in Manhattan. We were in a food commons area of a mall and had just started to eat a pizza when a couple of college age guys stopped at our table and one of ...
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How did 'phat' come to be used in music as slang?

most prominently things like ''phat bass line'', meaning a bassline rich in texture ie has a full sound. Appears to have originated in African American use?
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Origin of the phrase ''Respect,man/bro. ''?

Respect bro!! , you never hear anything like ''Fear, man'' or ''honesty, man.'' used in the same sense, its interesting.
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Differences in swearing - UK vs US [closed]

I often watch american series and they all swear like: "fuck", or "don't fucking do this", "what the fuck!" on the softer side: "Jesus Christ!", "Jeez". But I was wondering is, what are the British ...
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How to translate “for *cough* decades”?

I came across a sentence in a comment in Stack Exchange Workplace which I can not translate: have been freelance for *cough* decades Can anyone help me? Here is the link to original post - see ...
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I have problems with some Irish slang

I am translating a text set in Ireland and there are some Irish phrases that I do not understand. 1- Bartley Butt-end-of-the-village: I could only find one reference in the internet. Does this mean a ...
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Word or a short phrase to describe a person who is socially responsible

I’m looking for a single catchy word or a short phrase to describe a person who is socially responsible. The “responsibility” meaning seems to be too official and not catchy enough. I’m looking for a ...
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Opposite of “Squeaky wheel gets the grease”

I want a fun and playful retort to use against someone who says "The squeaky wheel gets the grease", which, according to the so-named Wikipedia1 article means: The squeaky wheel gets the grease is ...