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"How do you do"--what does it mean and when did most of society opt to no longer say it?

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Why does to "take a powder" mean to run away or to leave?

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How did the words "petting" and "necking" come to mean kissing with passion?

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Why do the words ducky and jake mean fine or satisfactory?

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If something is considered the best why is it said to be "the berries"?

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Why does "all to the mustard" mean excellent?

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If you're "balled up" why are you confused?

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Why does the word "joed" mean weary, tired, exhausted, fatigued, etc.?

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Why does the phrase "to take the rag off" mean to excel in the classroom?

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Old slang words for a kiss--cherry smashes and honey cooler--why?

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What is the origin of the idiom "tight fit" meaning a good joke?

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Is a tin-ear one who dislikes music or one who dislikes new popular music? Why?

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Where did the 1920s slang word "grungy" (meaning "envious") originate, if the modern word "grungy" (meaning "dingy") doesn't appear until 1965?

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If someone is "playing horse with you" why are they either teasing, ridiculing, or perhaps flirting with you?

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Why does "mash me a fin" mean loan me/give me five dollars?

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Why was someone considered mentally unbalanced or crazy called a "crackpot"?

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Rag and Razz--slang for teasing/ridiculing--which came first and what's the etymology of the words?

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1 answer
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Why were "skin" and "niggle" slang words meaning to hurry?

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Origin of louse for the following: louse around--to idle and louse up--to ruin?

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Why does the word gobs mean a copious amount?

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774 views

Why does owl-eyed mean intoxicated?

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Why does 'pine feather period' signify the period in a woman's life when she blossoms?

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Why is a ragtail an annoying person?

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Origin of the word Waddy and how it came to mean "unappealing, unattractive."

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Why does to "cheek it" mean to bluff?

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How does the word "gas" relate to cheating and deception?

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Priscilla = a girl who prefers to stay home: who might this term have been based on?

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1 answer
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Is an excessively shy person a "gussie"?

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Why does "to wire" mean to trick?