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  • Navy Jargon/Slang

    05/04/2015 10:07:22 AM PDT · by incredulous joe · 22 replies
    4 May 2015 | Incredulous Joe
    I was recently on a hike with my son's Naval Jr. ROTC unit. I spent a lot of time chatting with my son's instructor, a retired Naval Commander. Normally, when I hear slang or jargon that I am unfamiliar with I am not too shy to ask what it means. However, if one understands the context of what such terminology means then there is no reason to actually stop a conversation. Anyway. the commander used a phase, I believe it meant to do what is absolutely the least possible to acquire an objective or to achieve rank? I believe the...
  • Russian minister's advice to US over Crimea: do yoga and chill out

    04/03/2014 10:47:10 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 45 replies
    Guardian ^ | 04/03/2014 | Shaun Walker
    A top Russian official has accused the US of "childish tantrums" in its response to the annexation of Crimea, and suggested that American politicians practise yoga and watch sitcoms to help chill out. "Clearly, the US leadership is really annoyed, and cannot come to terms with the new situation, which has arisen in large part due to the deliberate line taken by the US and its allies in Europe to prepare anti-Russian forces to take power in Ukraine," said deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, in an interview with Interfax. "Trying to demonstrate how unhappy it is with the exercise of...
  • 26 Beatnik Slang Words and Phrases We Should All Start Using

    02/07/2013 1:44:03 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    The Week ^ | Adrienne Crezo
    On the weekends, it's fun to go to a red onion and get dixie-fried, but try not to run into a used-to-bePlenty of phrases from the first self-described hipster generation remain a part of modern conversation: People still get bent out of shape, annoying people bug us and muscular guys are still built, just to scan the b-words. Here are 26 words and phrases that don't get much use today, but are worth sneaking into conversation. 1. A shape in a drape A well-dressed person. "Usually she just wears jeans, but she sure is a shape in a drape in...
  • 'Britishisms' Creeping into American English

    09/28/2012 9:03:01 AM PDT · by C19fan · 53 replies
    LiveScience ^ | September 26, 2012 | Natalie Wolchover
    British people have long bemoaned the gradual encroachment of Americanisms into everyday speech, via Hollywood films and sitcoms. Now, "Britishisms" are crossing the pond the other way, thanks to the growing online popularity of British media such as Harry Potter, Downton Abbey and The Daily Mail. For example, BBC News reports that "ginger" as a descriptor of a red-haired, freckly person has shot up in usage in the United States since 1998. That's the year the first Harry Potter book, with its Weasley family of gingers, hit store shelves. The trend shows up in Google ngram searches, which track the...
  • What Kind of American Accent Do You Have?

    11/25/2011 4:19:03 PM PST · by blam · 305 replies
    The Economic Policy Journal ^ | 11-24-2011 | By Xavier Kun
    What Kind of American Accent Do You Have?November 24, 2011 Xavier Kun To most Americans, an accent is something that only other people have, those other people usually being in New York, Boston, and the South. And of those other people, half of the ones you meet will swear they "don't have an accent." Well, strictly speaking, the only way to not have an accent is to not speak. If you're from anywhere in the USA you have an accent (which may or may not be the accent of the place you're from). Go through this short quiz and you'll...
  • Now, a Database of Brit's Weirdest Words

    07/04/2011 11:18:06 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies · 1+ views
    The Times of India ^ | Jul 4, 2011
    Heard of bobowler, baffies, bishybarnabee, tittermatorter? Well, these are some of the weirdest words used in Britain. For the first time, the British Library is keeping track of the nation's regional words and has developed a word bank of around 4,000 entries. The words were submitted by visitors to the British Library in central London or to a series of events at provincial libraries as part of its Evolving English exhibition. According to experts, many local dialects died off in recent decades, squeezed out by the increasing standardisation of the language thanks to population mobility as well as the influence...
  • Australians add new words to dictionary

    01/10/2008 12:54:53 PM PST · by Stoat · 14 replies · 947+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | January 10, 2008 | Nick Squires
    Australians add new words to dictionary By Nick Squires In Sydney  Last Updated: 1:20pm GMT 10/01/2008       They gave the world budgie smugglers, sanger, arvo and barbie*, but Australians have shown themselves to be endlessly inventive, with a new collection of words and phrases added to the rich repository of Strine. The country’s biggest online dictionary, Macquarie, has included the 85 words or phrases in its latest online edition and wants Australians to vote for the one they consider most influential or apposite.   Toad juice anyone? They are grouped in 17 categories, from business to travel, and...
  • Humdinger of a Project: Tracing Slang to Ireland

    11/10/2007 10:28:43 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies · 407+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 8, 2007 | COREY KILGANNON
    Growing up Irish in Queens and on Long Island, Daniel Cassidy was nicknamed Glom. “I used to ask my mother, ‘Why Glom?’ and she’d say, ‘Because you’re always grabbing, always taking things,’” he said, imitating his mother’s accent and limited patience, shaped by a lifetime in Irish neighborhoods in New York City. It was not exactly an etymological explanation, and Mr. Cassidy’s curiosity about the working-class Irish vernacular he grew up with kept growing. Some years back, leafing through a pocket Gaelic dictionary, he began looking for phonetic equivalents of the terms, which English dictionaries described as having “unknown origin.”...
  • Iraq's battlefield slang

    01/28/2007 2:16:49 PM PST · by Pete from Shawnee Mission · 72 replies · 2,382+ views
    LA Times ^ | Jan 28, 2007 | Austin Bay
    PRIESTS, PROSTITUTES, psychologists, cops, jazz musicians, poker players. Every trade has its jargon and "insider lingo." ... ..."Embrace the suck" isn't merely a wisecrack; it's an encyclopedic experience rendered as an epigram, gritty shorthand for "Face it, soldier. I've been there. War ain't easy. Now deal with the difficulty and let's get on with the mission."... ...Dynamic truth: Basically means "this is the plan when my supervisor gave it to me, but change is already in the works."
  • Save the Sharks : James Dobson, Ted Kennedy and Ann Coulter

    06/10/2006 8:27:10 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 108 replies · 2,087+ views ^ | 06/11/2006 | Kathleen Parker
    June 11, 2006 Save the Sharks By Kathleen Parker The poor shark can get no rest these days. Everyone is jumping him. For those whose shark metaphors stalled on "Jaws," "jumping the shark" refers to the moment when something, usually a dramatic production, runs - or strays from - its course. Coined by Jon Hein (, the phrase evolved from the episode of "Happy Days" where the show's writers, apparently out of ideas, had Fonzie literally jump a shark while water skiing. It was so over-the-top that the show was deemed dead by those who monitor such things. People are...
  • Gizoogle makes sliznang eazy!!!

    03/15/2006 11:21:57 AM PST · by Craig DeLuz · 4 replies · 225+ views
    The Home of Uncommon Sense ^ | 03/15/2006 | Craig DeLuz
    Finally!!! There is a way fo` those of you uptight, prehistizzles conservatizzles ta be able ta reach tha hip hop generizzle … It’s called Gizooglizzles. Translation: Finally!!! There is a way for those of you uptight, prehistoric conservatives to be able to reach the hip hop generation … It’s called Read More... Craig DeLuz Visit The Home of Uncommon Sense...

    02/16/2006 3:41:58 PM PST · by Chi-townChief · 56 replies · 1,722+ views
    from an e-mail | 2/16/06
    1. Grachki (grach'-key): Chicagoese for "garage key" as in, "Yo, Theresa, waja do wit da grachki? Howmy supposta cut da grass if I don't git intada grach?" 2. Sammich: Chicagoese for sandwich. When made with sausage, it's a sassage sammich; when made with shredded beef; it's an Italian Beef sammich, a local delicacy consisting of piles of spicy meat in a perilously soggy bun. 3. Da: This article is a key part of Chicago speech, as in "Da Bears" or "Da Mare" -- the latter denoting Richard M. Daley, or Richie, as he's often called. 4. Jewels: Not family heirlooms...
  • In the gnarly world of far-out slang, only 'cool' is still groovy

    02/11/2006 6:14:22 AM PST · by JusticeTalion · 66 replies · 1,326+ views
    Post Star ^ | 1/30/2006 | Larry Neumeister
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Groovy is over, hip is square, far out is long gone. Don't worry, though -- it's cool. "Cool" remains the gold standard of slang in the 21st century, as reliable as a blue-chip stock, surviving like few expressions ever in our constantly evolving language. It has, despite the pressures of staying relevant and trendy, kept its cool through the centuries -- even as its meaning changed drastically. How cool is that? Way cool, say experts who interpret words and slang for their messages about society. "Cool is certainly a charter member for the slang hall of...
  • Excuse me? Can you please repeat that address?

    11/23/2005 9:51:31 AM PST · by Mike Bates · 64 replies · 1,489+ views
    Yahoo News/Reuters ^ | 11/23/2005 | Yahoo News/Reuters
    Michael Fisk is a street fighting man. And the street he's fighting is named Dicks. Fisk, who lives on Dicks Street in the Los Angeles suburb of West Hollywood, has gone to city hall to get the road's name changed -- saying that its slang meaning has made life difficult for homeowners. "Since we moved in four years ago its just become such a hassle," Fisk said. "It's embarrassing. Something definitely needs to be changed. I realize that it's a man's name, but words change meaning, and this one has." Dicks Street is in a neighborhood that fancies first names...
  • Please, the term is African-American

    10/05/2005 4:53:23 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 97 replies · 2,821+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 5, 2005 | Kathleen Parker
    The 1st Amendment has been getting a workout in recent weeks on two college campuses--the University of Florida and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill--where students are learning that free speech is a messy business. The two cases, one involving a columnist at North Carolina and the other a political cartoonist at Florida, have inflamed minority groups--Muslims and blacks, respectively--provoking protests and debate. That's the good news insofar as protest and debate are the currency of free speech. <SNIP> Exhibit A is Jillian Bandes, a former columnist for North Carolina's The Daily Tar Heel. Her column, which was...
  • Vanity - What did you call me? Freeper Language 101

    09/11/2005 10:01:01 AM PDT · by md2576 · 598 replies · 7,934+ views
    I've been at FR for awhile now and I thought it would be funny to list some of the Freeper language and meanings as we have made up our own words and meanings over the years. Have fun.
  • GOP is criticized for campaign of Mafia metaphors

    06/29/2005 10:32:25 PM PDT · by Coleus · 99 replies · 818+ views
    North Jersey Newspapers ^ | 06.29.05 | JOSH GOHLKE
    Republicans' liberal use of Mafia metaphors has angered some Italian-American activists who weighed in on the contentious campaign for the governor's office Tuesday. Also on Tuesday, Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Forrester enjoyed some unexpected praise from environmental leaders who are at odds with his Democratic opponent, U.S. Sen. Jon Corzine, over preservation of a Delaware River island. The Italian-American activists gathered in Trenton to demand an apology from top Republicans, who have repeatedly compared Corzine and his allies to mobsters in an effort to underscore his links to the party's most controversial figures. "To actually have a party organization that...
  • The Gooseberry Lay (From "Getting Away with Murder," by Erle Stanley Gardner)

    05/21/2005 10:47:47 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 339+ views
    The Gooseberry LayFrom "Getting Away with Murder," by Erle Stanley Gardner, in The Atlantic, Vol. 215 No. 1 (1965). Dashiell Hammet, on the other hand, was one of the few writers I have known who had all the earmarks of genius and the temperament which goes with it. For a brief period he was a Pinkerton detective, and because of this experience, he dazzled credulous editors with a presumably encyclopedic knowledge of the underworld. Dashiell was also a fast hand with a dictionary of criminalese and had a vast knowledge of the editorial psychology. Heaven knows how these dictionaries of...
  • The slang police

    02/16/2005 3:42:21 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 23 replies · 1,064+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | February 16, 2005 | Editorial
    n the 19th century, "gay" described people or times of high spirits -- the Gay '90s -- or colorful clothing or decor. By the last quarter of the 20th, Fred Flintstone's "gay old time" took on a new meaning as gay became a euphemism for homosexual, just as "choice" replaced "abortion" and "revenue enhancement" was substituted for "tax increase." But in the 21st century, gay has become synonymous with silly or lame, especially among teens and young adults. Rarely a day goes by without them remarking how "gay" a friend, relative or acquaintance is. This usage has nothing to do...
  • Hear Hip Hop's not-so-hidden message

    09/16/2003 6:10:48 AM PDT · by bedolido · 273 replies · 1,235+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 09/16/03 | CLARENCE PAGE
    AS marketing schemes go, the hip-hop music star Nelly risks sending a lot of mixed signals with the name of the new energy drink he's marketing. It's called "Pimp Juice." I could be wrong, but "Pimp Juice" does not sound to me like something that you want to put in your mouth. Either way, you won't get a chance to find out, if certain leaders of black community organizations have their way. In Los Angeles, three organizations called Project Islamic HOPE, the National Alliance for Positive Action, and the National Black Anti-Defamation League staged a press conference last Tuesday (Sept....