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What is the origin of the phrase "la ti dah"?

Dictionary discussions of 'la-di-da' J.E. Lighter, Random House Dictionary of American Slang (1997) has this entry for la-di-da: la-di-da adj. {shortening of earlier Br[itish] E[nglish] lardy-dardy, ...
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Origin, history and precise meaning of "banger" in the US music industry

We used to call tunes 'bangers' in the UK in the nineties - used to describe a house/trance/techno/jungle tune with a heavy drop. Definitely claiming it.
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Understanding "ain't no fun when the rabbit got the gun"

Think of Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd. Elmer always Hunted Bugs Bunny. And always loved it. But when Bugs got the Gun. It wasnt so fun for Elmer
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What is the origin of the term "screw" in the case of a prison guard?

"Screw" for prison officer comes from workhouses where destitute people went to live in the 18th to 20th Centuries. The inmates were sometimes made to do exhausting but meaningless tasks as ...
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What is the meaning of “Donald Trump says Ivanka ‘checked out’…”

This is a supplementary answer. Adding to what Stuart wrote, the way you can tell the difference between the evaluation sense and the departure sense is to notice whether "check out" has an ...
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What is the meaning of “Donald Trump says Ivanka ‘checked out’…”

In slang, to "check out" means to no longer have any interest in something and to have stopped caring about it. The Online Slang Dictionary defines it as "to stop caring". It is ...
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Etymology of "slang"

Slango. I offer this cite in GDoS: 1741 Canting Academy, or the Pedlar’s-French Dict. 117: You, Fellow-traveller, what do you do for your living? You, Cole, What Slango do you go upon? This seems to ...
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Origin of "in a pig's eye"

I believe the expression started because a pig's eyes are small. If you were trying to shoot something and got it very close to the target It would be unbelievable that the shot was made since the ...
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When can we use "This/That is how we/you do it"?

You can think of that phrase as short for If you want to operate a restaurant well, this is how you do it. where "this" refers to the way the restaurant being reviewed is run. The rest of ...
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When can we use "This/That is how we/you do it"?

You can use this expression whenever you like, and you may expect at least US teens and young adults to understand and relate to it. It means, in this case, that this restaurant is a model for other ...
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When can we use "This/That is how we/you do it"?

In a comment John Lawler wrote: Using that sentence as a compliment requires a specific intonation and stress pattern. This must be heavily stressed and lengthened (with a pointing gesture if spoken, ...
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What was Princeton 6 in Jamaican English?

it's KINGSTON 6, the postal code of the area where she grew up which is Papine. University of Technology and University Hospital of the West Indies use the same code and the University of the West ...
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Is there a word for people who revel in freebies that isn't pejorative?

Some words I might use: Opportunity Hunter/Utilizer Cost Optimizer (Hey, this contains the sound "miser" !) Deal/Bargain Hunter/Utilizer Welfare/Gift Seeker
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