What's your evil?
April 29, 2010 5:27 PM Subscribe
I should be able to let things like this go, I know, but a Facebook friend wrote a status update containing a phrase I've never heard, and not knowing what she meant is driving me nuts. I'm 44 and the opposite of "street." She's in her 20s -- a hip New Yorker. This sort of thing happens to me all the time, but usually googling or Urban Dictionary helps me. Not this time. So, is this a real phrase or is it some quirky thing she made up: "What's your evil?"
posted by grumblebee to Society & Culture (48 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I've asked her about it, but she just "answers" by teasing me and making jokes. Maybe it doesn't mean anything and my questions embarrassed her. In any case, here's the context, with details changed to protect her identity:
"So a very charming man tries to pick me ... We talked for a while then he hands me his card. I glance at it and see he is a male model. I then asked him what his evil was. 'dinner with me tonight?' I said thanks for the foresight. 'evil & dinner in the same sentence sounds promising' ... Card in garbage ... Ladies if it seems too good to be true it usually is."
From the context, I'm guessing it means "What's your angle?" or "Go ahead: let me hear the worst..." But I'm not sure. (I also don't get why a cute guy asking her out for dinner is a bad thing, but that's a different question.)
If you happen to know what the phrase means, do you also happen to know its origin?