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Are there any slang terms for the cervix?

Are there any slang terms for the cervix?
posted by gregr on Mar 4, 2011 - 20 answers

What does "FER-MAY-GHEN" mean?

German speakers, please tell me what this word means (and how it's actually spelled). [more inside]
posted by Srudolph on Feb 19, 2011 - 29 answers

Do Yhoo Knoww Thee Answerrr?

Whyy Do Teenagerss on Facebook An Bebo Typee Likee Thiss? Where did it come from? Here's an example. [more inside]
posted by mippy on Dec 3, 2010 - 66 answers

Gumbo in the UK

Does the word gumbo have a slang meaning in the UK / London? Specifically, when referring to a person, as in "Hey gumbo..."
posted by doowod on Nov 17, 2010 - 7 answers

Calm. At Ease.

Do you have any quick phrases or slogans that you like to repeat yourself to get yourself to calm down (or at least NOT panic) when entering an anxiety-inducing situation? [more inside]
posted by AlbatrossJones on Aug 30, 2010 - 95 answers

Meaning of "pochée" in context of japanese pattern book

[JapaneseLanguageIdiomFilter] What might "Pochée" mean in the context of a japanese language sewing book? [more inside]
posted by Rube R. Nekker on Jul 23, 2010 - 4 answers

Uh, I am pretty sure it doesn't mean consuming pebbles in any literal sense.

So . . . drug slang. "Eating rocks." Does that mean doing crack? [more inside]
posted by liketitanic on Jun 23, 2010 - 28 answers

Whence "didn't know from" ?

What is the meaning and origin of "I didn't know from ___"? [more inside]
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl on Jun 6, 2010 - 6 answers

Mocking and Celebrating Chicago's Hoods via Slang

Please help me research and invent nicknames for the neighborhoods of Chicago. Examples include Wrigleyvile, Hans Christian Andersonville, The Crotch, Wes Andersonville, and El Crotcho. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on May 19, 2010 - 15 answers

What's your evil?

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?" [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Apr 29, 2010 - 48 answers

Slang for "white trash with high-class attitude?"

Does anyone know any American slang (preferably country or southern) that is for this concept: "poor people/lower socioeconomic class people who behave in upper class ways" ? [more inside]
posted by mscottveach on Mar 28, 2010 - 60 answers

Ivy Jivey

A Princetonian character in The Dud Avocado (set in Paris in the 50s) is described as saying mostly "zop zop". Was this a real thing? Part of ivy/preppy or Paris-based emigrant slang? Part of a larger lexicon of nonsense? No one in the novel (thus far) seems to think it remarkable. [more inside]
posted by kenko on Mar 25, 2010 - 10 answers

Slang for "Napolitano"?

I was chatting with a fella from Rome a few years back and mentioned that my father's parents emigrated from Napoli. He said, "you're a ____!" which was apparently a slang term for somebody from Naples-and no, it's not "Napolitano" or anything close to that. Anybody know what he said?
posted by ethnomethodologist on Mar 9, 2010 - 15 answers


What slang words have gone out of date within the past 10 years or so? [more inside]
posted by naju on Mar 7, 2010 - 82 answers

How did "sugar" come to mean "diabetes"?

So what do you know about "sugar", "sugar diabetes", or "the sugar" being used as synonyms for "diabetes"? And how did that meaning come to be, exactly? [more inside]
posted by skoosh on Mar 6, 2010 - 32 answers

Bagpipe face?

Can any German speakers shed light on the supposed German word 'Backpfeifengesicht'? [more inside]
posted by squarehead on Feb 22, 2010 - 11 answers

Billions and billions

Given that Federal bailout monies are being tossed around to banks like sacks of rice from an aid truck, are there any emergent slang terms for one billion dollars? [more inside]
posted by Burhanistan on Jan 15, 2010 - 14 answers

everywhere else it's coke

In Chicago the standard term for bags of heroin sold on the street is "blows." I've also heard the word used as a verb, e.g. "You blow?" Does anyone have any clue as to the origin of the term?
posted by anonymous on Dec 9, 2009 - 7 answers

How can I talk like a 17th century tavern wench plague victim?

I need help with slang for a 17th century tavern wench plague victim! [more inside]
posted by KathyK on Oct 26, 2009 - 8 answers

Affirmative interjection: "right?"

I've noticed an informal language convention, usually among younger people, but not always. It's a kind of affirmative interjection: "Right?". For example:

Me: I'll be glad when this heat wave ends.
Interlocutor: Right? (variation: "I know, right?")

My question: Does this type of expression have a name? I initially filed it with tag questions like "innit", but it's not really a question, it's more like "totally!" with a high rising terminal. Bonus points for any links to discussion of this particular expression; a casual search at Language Log yielded nothing.
posted by everichon on Sep 1, 2009 - 33 answers

I Haven't Had So Much Fun Since the Pigs Ate My Brother

"I Haven't Had So Much Fun Since the Pigs Ate My Brother." Aside from this post, what year and where was the first time you heard this phrase? [more inside]
posted by eccnineten on Aug 23, 2009 - 11 answers


How would this tabloid technique be called in Fleet Street? [more inside]
posted by OctopusRex on Aug 19, 2009 - 3 answers

What does "pea green pink Irish Catholic" mean?

"Pea green pink Irish Catholic" - what, if anything, does this phrase mean and/or refer to? [more inside]
posted by MaudB on Jun 24, 2009 - 17 answers

New Slang

I love slang and colloquialisms. Where can I go to pick up more? [more inside]
posted by god particle on Apr 28, 2009 - 9 answers

A case of mistaken definitions?

What the f*ck is a hobknocker? Sounds dirty but was apparently used on a kids show... [more inside]
posted by radioamy on Apr 17, 2009 - 11 answers

What does 'binned' mean?

What does 'binned' mean in UK slang? [more inside]
posted by coryinabox on Apr 15, 2009 - 25 answers

A gun by any other name

What were some of the slang terms used for guns on The Wire? From what i remember, bodie and poot (and the other corner kids) had an unusual slang term for the guns they hid in the wheelwells of cars. It wasn't strap, heat, piece, or nine. Any ideas?
posted by Oktober on Jan 7, 2009 - 13 answers

I find the nature of this technique Quite Intriguing.

What's the deal with Sarcastic Caps? You know The Kind I Mean. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Dec 2, 2008 - 26 answers

Mexican slang: "A wilson"?

I was just told that in Mexican Spanish slang, "a wilson" means "of course". So, I want to know: a) Is this true? b) If so, what is the etymology of this usage?
posted by everichon on Nov 14, 2008 - 25 answers

You think puns in *one* language are bad...

Bahasa Indonesia speakers! My late, beloved grandmother was an expert in dreadful multi-lingual puns. Help me remember a silly joke she used to tell about roosters. [more inside]
posted by [ixia] on Nov 13, 2008 - 6 answers

What are your examples of family jargon?

What are some examples of "family jargon"? For example, a friend's father once told a joke to his family that poked fun at the French. He concluded by saying, "Don't tell anyone from France." Now, within their family, "Don't tell anyone from France" means "Let's keep this between us"--and they say it even if the secret has nothing to do with the French. [more inside]
posted by Ms. Informed on Nov 7, 2008 - 112 answers

Intoxication Lexicography

What adjective is to "wanting to get intoxicated" as "horny" is to "wanting sex?" [more inside]
posted by Forrest Greene on Nov 2, 2008 - 47 answers

When did you need to get off my lawn?

What is the origin of the phrase "[you] damn kids get off my lawn!" [more inside]
posted by epersonae on Oct 17, 2008 - 21 answers

Yeah, bwee-ayyy!

Does anyone know - or care to guess at - the origin of the phrase "Yeah, bwee-aayyy!" uttered by teenagers like me in 1970s Northern England to express complete disbelief at a huge lie told by someone else? [more inside]
posted by unSane on Sep 30, 2008 - 17 answers

Those Confederates sure have my balls in a vice.

Two-part slang request. I'm looking for: 1. Colloquial terms for Southern gentlemen types, of the mint julep-sipping variety; and 2. Unique/interesting slang along the lines of, "will have my guts my for garters."
posted by np312 on Jul 22, 2008 - 28 answers

What's the (non-music-theory) significance of "Eight To The Bar"?

What's the (non-music-theory) significance of "Eight To The Bar"? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel on Jul 20, 2008 - 8 answers

Is "shonk" antisemitic?

Is or was the word "shonky" antisemitic? [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama on Jul 15, 2008 - 13 answers

Is "bonzer" bonzer?

To bonzer or not to bonzer, that is the question for our Aussie MeFites. [more inside]
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson on May 13, 2008 - 31 answers

Done and done

I do this menial task at work at least once, and usually several times a day, which involves running my scripts and then sending out a mass email. The body of my email currently consists of the word 'Done'. I'd like as many ways as possible to say 'the task is completed' and be generally silly. [more inside]
posted by Mach5 on May 12, 2008 - 78 answers

Crystal Beth is off the table, thankfully

Pippa as a baby name. Does it really mean "blow job" in Greek slang? [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic on May 2, 2008 - 26 answers

Spanish obscene pun?

Is there an obscene pun on this Spanish-language t-shirt? (photo/nsfw language inside) [more inside]
posted by Bizurke on Apr 12, 2008 - 3 answers

what does it mean, the shooting with/of the lights out?

what's the origin / meaning of the phrase "he's shooting [playing?] lights out"? [more inside]
posted by garfy3 on Mar 23, 2008 - 19 answers

Whence slider?

Why are cheeseburgers called sliders?
posted by sonofslim on Feb 12, 2008 - 31 answers

Is "skirt" still used as slang for "woman"?

I'm helping edit a dictionary, and I just got to the skirt entry, which contains the definition "informal: women regarded as sexually desirable." Now, I'm in my fifties and I think of that sense as "before my time," but before I go and tell them to add "dated" I want to double-check with the hip young MeFi crowd: do you know anybody younger than Grandpa Simpson who talks about "chasing skirt"?
posted by languagehat on Feb 11, 2008 - 91 answers

You dirty jade! Wait, what?

"He's a dirty jade!" "Go ahead and sleep with him you dirty jade!" This insult was used repeatedly in the Zola book I was reading last night. When I searched for it this morning, Google returned results for other uses in at least three other Zola novels. What does it refer to? (As the more inside explains, I think it's actually an English-language insult, as the original contains something else.) [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Jan 15, 2008 - 17 answers

Etymology of the term 'lunch out', ie 'freak out'?

Can anyone tell me the etymology of the term "lunch out," meaning 'to freak out'? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Jan 9, 2008 - 8 answers

More like St. Smellmo

Do you know a derogatory nickname for a town or city? [more inside]
posted by Miko on Dec 17, 2007 - 198 answers

Web Slang, How and Why?

Asking for my son: How and why did web abbreviation and web slang evolve the way it did? Was it just a matter of common acceptance, or was something bigger at work? [more inside]
posted by amyms on Nov 22, 2007 - 11 answers

This question is THE $hit.

The $hit... We know that 'the' makes it positive, but why? What is the origin 'the $hit' as a positive thing? [more inside]
posted by Quazie on Nov 15, 2007 - 26 answers

baby's arms, and apples - from where?

What's the source of "a baby's arm holding an apple"? [more inside]
posted by Rash on Oct 16, 2007 - 9 answers

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