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Term for derogatory suffix used with city names?

When speaking of a city in negative terms one might attach a prefix/suffix to the city name. This nickname is a portmanteau that implies a derogatory tone. Most often this will be a negative term but ...
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Is staubert a slang term for stylish? And what is its origin?

A listener to Words to the Wise [audio at wtcmradio.com] shared that his family used the word staubert to describe something stylish, such as a new suit. I speculate that it is derived from the ...
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What does “do not get (too) vibed that something happened” mean? There is no clue in any dictionary

I stumbled upon this construction: “don’t get (too) vibed”, but I couldn’t get what does it mean. And there is no dictionary that gives an explanation, as far as I can see. “Vibe” is a very special ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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What does “shareholder” mean in the Guy Ritchie's movie “Revolver”?

I sure it doesn't mean "an owner of shares in a company". In translated movie in my native language this word was missed, and I don't understand what does in mean in this situation. One character asks ...
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Can you still use “epic” in a non-“epic” way?

The semantic shift of epic from denoting something related with heroism, grandeur, etc. to meaning something more akin to awesome or impressive is well-attested. However, how much is its older meaning ...
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How is “special rates” used in the St. Trinian's school song?

The following lyrics from "Defenders of Anarchy" on the St. Trinian's (2007) soundtrack have actually confused me for some time because I can't tell whether "special rates" is being used in a British ...
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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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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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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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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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4-syllable (X-Y-X-Z) slang phrases

What do you call phrases that are in the pattern of X-Y-X-Z such as Maddaog Mattis, "man crush Monday" and Throw-back Thursday?
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Meaning of “make your cash stretch far enough”

I encountered the following sentence when reading the book "Algebra for young mind": For others, however, mathematics is a daunting subject, whether it takes the form of equations on a whiteboard or ...
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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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Single word for “performed catastrophically badly” (in a computing context/sense)

I know I've heard this word but cannot place it. Help please? I'm looking for the slang-like/tech jargon term one might read in a computer software developers' discussion or email exchange, if ...
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Is “Hi alls” used in English?

Some my friends usually use "Hi alls!" for greeting a group of people. I don't think it's right, we cannot use "all" with "s" suffix. We are from Vietnam and are not native English speakers. Is ...
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Any modern references to “hand job” in original context?

Thank you for reading this. I am organizing a fine arts and crafts event. I am calling it "Hand Job." I am fully aware of the slang version of this phrase, which is sexual, but I actually embrace the ...
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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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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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What do these words and sentences mean?

I'm translating an episode of a TV series called "Sons of Anarchy". In a scene (where business partners have a meeting): A: "Quinn showed us some Red Woody rough cuts. Business is good." B: ...