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 -
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 generalist
on Dec 9, 2009 -
I've noticed an informal language convention, usually among younger people, but not always. It's a kind of affirmative interjection: "Right?".
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 -
"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 -
"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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Is there an obscene pun on this Spanish-language t-shirt? (photo/nsfw language inside) [more inside]
posted by Bizurke
on Apr 12, 2008 -
what's the origin / meaning of the phrase "he's shooting [playing?] lights out"? [more inside]
posted by garfy3
on Mar 23, 2008 -
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 -
"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 -
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 -
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 -
Contemporary pop culture term equivalent, in both meaning and ridiculousness, to "getting jiggy wit it"? [more inside]
posted by Robot Johnny
on Aug 13, 2007 -
The abbreviation "yr" as a substitute for "your": is this a feminist thing? Where did it come from? [more inside]
posted by Madamina
on Jul 23, 2007 -
please give me, all your Slang, Colloquial, Street terms for theft, shop lifting, pickpocking, general crime, the taking of property/ ownership, conartisty [more inside]
posted by complience
on Jun 6, 2007 -
What term was used to describe a person with a photographic memory prior photography? [more inside]
posted by brookeb
on May 20, 2007 -
How to determine which four letters will give the most anagrams, abbrs, slang, and internet/bb/txt slang/abbrs? [more inside]
posted by sailormouth
on Apr 28, 2007 -
Why do some people say "anyways"? I notice Mayor Bloomberg always says it. He may be the mayor of NYC and a billionaire media mogul, but he sounds like he never opened a book in his life. I know he's from Boston, but I don't believe this is a regional thing.
posted by wfc123
on Feb 9, 2007 -
Here in the far-flung reaches of the English-speaking world, we're constantly being told our local language is being taken over by "American Slang". But does it go the other way? Are there any British / Australian / New Zealand or wherever phrases and words that have become commonly used by people in North America recently? Do Brooklynites ever exclaim "Crikey!" or "Bloody Hell!"?
posted by Jimbob
on Oct 27, 2006 -
Where does the term "pissed off" come from? Doesn't seem to be related to being angry. You are more likely to piss your pants when you are scared.
posted by zackdog
on Aug 3, 2006 -