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What is "ass door"?

It's not a normal ass-door, not an 'ass-door' that is normal. It's a normal-ass door. A door that is 'normal-ass'. There's no humor here other than that it is funny the existence of a regular door ...
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What is the word that we use to call a father who is the main earner in the family?

You can call such a person (m/f) a breadwinner: a person who earns money to support a family (source: Merriam-Webster)
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Is there an idiom or typical expression for an unfunny joke?

A common expression for this is to fall flat (from the "idioms" section of thefreedictionary.com): fall flat if an entertainment or a joke falls flat, people do not enjoy it and do not ...
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What does "Wine! Because you never got a pony" mean?

This is more of a question about culture than about language. There is a certain stereotype in Anglo-American culture of children, and particularly girls, having a particular affection or fondness for ...
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Why does "Mickey Mouse Operation" refer to a poorly run company?

The phrase isn't referring to The Walt Disney Company itself, but the misadventures and simplistic mindset of the original Mickey Mouse character for which the company is famous. Courtesy of NVZ: ...
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Non-vulgar alternative to “Don't care a ____”

One option for a word is whit1 : the smallest part or particle imaginable Don't care a whit2 is even an idiomatic phrase: didn't care at all. Sally thought Joe liked her, but he didn't care ...
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Is it rude to refer to janitors as 'floor people'?

This may be subtle and comes down to inflection and intention. I suspect that your manager was not being rude but trying to refer succinctly to a particular trade. If you were talking about a ...
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Do native English speakers use the word 'notif' to mean ‘notification’ or ‘alert’?

I've never heard it, in fact I wouldn't even vocalise it to myself as "notif" if I saw it on a device. I'd just think "I've got a notification" or "which programming language is that, does it mean '...
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What is the word for reserving something for yourself before others do?

The word you're hearing is actually dibs: 2: claim, rights // I have dibs on that piece of cake Etymonline says it's a children's word to express a claim on something, 1915, originally U.S., ...
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What did "pop a cap" mean, other than "shoot someone," in the 19th century?

What is a cap anyways? A "cap", in the firearms sense, is the ignition source for the gunpowder. These were used in the days before firearms that used "modern" cartridges ...
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What do you call social network accounts owned by the same person?

Sometimes called a sock puppet account. Lexico has 2 A false online identity, typically created by a person or group in order to promote their own opinions or views. Sock puppets are banned in many ...
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The intensifier 'pure D': where and when did it originate, and what does the D stand for?

The trail of dees goes back to the mid-1800s, as follows. First, OED Online defines "puredee, adj. (and adv.)" (with forms pure-D, pure-d, pure dee, puredee, pure-dee, puredy, pure-T, all from the ...
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Non-vulgar alternative to “Don't care a ____”

How about 'don't care a bit' it rhymes with your sh... word. Here's a link to 'not a bit'; 'I don't care a bit' is also idiomatic. https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/not+one+bit
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Short word to describe someone wearing smartglasses

bespectacled wearing eyeglasses ~ dictionary.com In a sentence: Bill Gates, Woody Allen, John Lennon, Gandhi and Steve Jobs are known as famous, bespectacled men.
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Adding "dot com" to the end of a sentence?

According to Urban Dictionary, it’s for emphasis: Used to add emphasis to the ending of a phrase. Usually spoken with a slight pause prior to it, and with a deeper voice than normal. Lets ...
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Is there an idiom or typical expression for an unfunny joke?

In American English, we would usually say "his joke flopped," or that "his joke was a flop." The noun "flop" is sometimes used informally to mean "a complete failure." A phrase similar to your ...
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Slang word for "police station"

A friend was a street criminal in 1970's New York, USA. His specialty was stealing people's hubcaps. His brother ran the store selling "refurbished" hubcaps. Not exactly pillars of ...
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In my native language, we have this obscene saying - don't take a dump in the barrel of honey

Don’t shit where you eat. Per the Wiktionary entry, (idiomatic, vulgar) One should not cause trouble in a place, group, or situation in which one regularly finds oneself. Usage notes: Often used as ...
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What does "money is like mush not not" mean?

This is not standard Anglo English, even of a slang variety. I find it only in posts from SE Asia (Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong) where it appears to be the sort of catchphrase that merchandisers put ...
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What is "ass door"?

In American slang, the word "ass" is sometimes used like any other swear/cuss word to emphasise something, or as a kind of modifying suffix. Saying: Y'all ever see an elevator with a normal ass ...
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Is “I'm working totes” new slang?

It’s from a standard English word, tote: carry around, or a bag (tote bag) in which to carry things. In its use in a retail store, it seems that “doing totes” is restocking shelves with merchandise ...
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Why does "Mickey Mouse Operation" refer to a poorly run company?

The emergence of 'Mickey Mouse organization' as an insult The very earliest instances of "Mickey Mouse organization [or operation or outfit]" that show up in Google Books search results are ...
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What does "Wine! Because you never got a pony" mean?

The construction of the sentence: Wine! Because you never got a pony. mimics the construction of other well-known advertising slogans, where the advertised product is named, followed by the ...
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unknown usage of verb "pit"

Since it was policemen talking, they were referring to the Pursuit Intervention Technique, colloquially known (among law enforcement) as the PIT maneuver, and apparently from your example, is now ...
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How popular is the slang usage of "toss" in British English?

I don't give a toss about hearing the word "toss", so I suggest there's no need to toss your existing domain and branding away. Although we could, of course, argue the toss about it all day. "Toss" ...
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Do native English speakers use the word 'notif' to mean ‘notification’ or ‘alert’?

To answer your direct question, no, 'notif' is not used at all in American English (I can't speak to other varieties), in speech. There's a general question here though and that is how, in general, ...
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Opposite of "Squeaky wheel gets the grease"

I've always countered with "the quacking duck gets shot".
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Why is it "take a leak?"

It is because one takes an action, leak or piss denote actions, and the noun forms of these actions ended up using take instead of other available verbs. To "leak," meaning to "make water" or piss, ...
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