Girl 1 - Whats your damage?

Girl 2 - Oh! I'm sorry, its just your fat ass was taken up the whole sidewalk.

This is the conversation of two girls when the Girl 1 pushed Girl 2 for some reason.

Now, my first question is - What does "whats your damage" means and when do we exactly use this expression or dialogue?

And my second question is - Why did the Girl 2 said "your fat ass was taken up the whole.." instead of "your fat ass had taken up the whole" and please explain me deeply so that I could use these things (things = dialogue and grammar rule) correctly in my conversation.

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    As for question 2, people who are wont to say "fat ass" don't usually concern themselves too much with proper, formal grammar. – J.R. May 21 '16 at 18:54
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    Also, are you sure Girl 2 said "...was taken up the whole sidewalk" and not, "...was takin' up the whole sidewalk"? The words taken and takin' sound quite alike, and the latter – as a shortened form of taking – would be grammatically correct. – J.R. May 21 '16 at 19:25

I suspect Girl 2 said "your fat ass was taking up the whole sidewalk." In casual conversation, words ending in -ing are often pronounced as if they ended -in or -en. (At least in the USA)

In quotations, you will often see such words rendered with an apostrophe: ...was takin' up the whole..."

As for your other question, about the meaning of "What's your damage." This is highly casual American slang. For language in that category, Urban Dictionary can be a good starting place (*) to understand slang: "What's your damage." Basically it is synonymous with "What's your problem," but is used far less widely.

(*) Note that inclusion in Urban Dictionary does not mean that a word or term enjoys widespread usage. Anyone can add anything to Urban Dictionary, and there are many, many entries there that I have never heard in the wild. I would recommend that you use it to understand things you hear, but not as a source of slang that you wish to use yourself.

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    If you're going to leave an answer, we may as well answer Question 1, too. This page from the Urban Dictionary explains that "What's your damage?" is simply a way of asking "What's your problem?" – though I'd caution learners that I don't think it's all that widely used or universally recognizable. – J.R. May 21 '16 at 19:32

Regarding "What's your damage?", it implies emotional, psychological, or brain damage more strongy and specifically than "What's your problem?"

  • Please do not repeat other answers on SE sites – Jan Doggen Dec 14 '18 at 14:20
  • I don't believe I am repeating another answer. I am highlighting the perceived difference between "what's your problem" and "what's your damage", and if you were referring to any answers in the linked to Urban Dictionary, again, I'm not repeating any answers from there, but may have incidentally summarized what a couple of them imply. – Dustin G Dec 15 '18 at 15:58

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