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Slang is a type of language that consists of words and phrases that are regarded as very informal.

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“May your success offend the s*** out of people…”? How can poo be offended?

Edit: What is the grammatical role of "the shit" in this sentence? Is it the direct object of the verb "offend", understood transitively? I think shit can't feel hurt, or dislike. ...
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"An a hundred millilitre bottle"

After searching online for some time, I still haven't found anything quite like my question (which probably indicates that I'm wrong). Even though English is my native language I just found out that I'...
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What does "idle dog" mean - is it slang or just a regional expression?

I'm reading the book The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, and I read this about a Mole: And instead of having an uneasy conscience pricking him and whispering ‘whitewash!’ he somehow could ...
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Understanding the Phrase "What It Do": Its Meaning and Usage

I've encountered the phrase "what it do" in various contexts, and I'm trying to understand its meaning and how it's used in conversation. Could someone explain the significance of this ...
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What Does 'It's on' Mean When Used in Anger?

I often hear the phrase "It's on" in conversations, particularly in situations filled with anger or confrontation. Could someone explain what this phrase means in such contexts? Is it always ...
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What's the meaning of "Fire up the 50" and "Give 'em a soup tour"?

They are two quotes of the Riptide Air-cushion Vehicle in the video game "Red Alert 3". source: https://cnc.fandom.com/wiki/Riptide_ACV These words are quite simple, but I don't understand ...
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"brother," "brotha," or "bro" when I just want to sound good and sociable and don't want to be associated with cowboys, etc

I know young English speakers like to use "bro" to refer to their good friends. I think "bro" is too casual; I would use it only when the friends are close and I know them well, so ...
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What does "up" mean in "Up the Terriers"?

I notice the sports writer say “Up the Terriers” for a British football team. What does "up" exactly mean? Hull City 0-0 Huddersfield Town Town get things going. Up the Terriers. Twitter
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What do nasty kids call their mother/father?

I'm wondering what kids use to call their parents when they are quarrelling with them. I assume the common rude way to call women is bitch. But is it something kids use even when they are very nasty? ...
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Meaning of "I don't deny but what some of them are soft"

(From The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne, Chapter XII, published 1892) You don't know; you haven't a guess. How would you like to go on deck for your middle watch, fourteen ...
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The slang term for books made of paper

What is slang for a book that has pages made of paper; the opposite of an ebook? I used to know. It's something like "tree book", which I know is wrong, but I can't come up with anything ...
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What does "for him" mean in this context?

(From The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne, Chapter XI, published 1892) Passage 186 His tone was no more gracious than his language; but when Mamie had turned upon him the soft ...
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What does "a bean" mean in this context? [closed]

Here is a comic with "a bean" written on the head of the ENFP character. What does it mean? [Image Description: A two-panel comic drawn in a quickly sketched style. The first panel shows a ...
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If someone is using slang words and phrases when talking to me, would that be disrespectful and I should be offended?

Currently I am reading a book entitled "Conversational American English expressions". I found this book very interesting because the author elaborates the level of decency of each phrase ...
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What are the synonyms to the phrase "balls to bones" from Matrix movie?

That's a part of Oracle and Neo dialogue from Matrix: Oracle: So, what do you think? You think you're the one? Neo: I don't know. Oracle: You know what that means? It’s Latin. Means “Know thyself”. I’...
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Adding "s" to the verbs it doesn't belong to

Just curious about this thing, some people add -s in sentences like here: "I keeps my promises" and I've also seen people both adding it and using it the normal way in the same paragraph of ...
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What does this phrase mean? "free me swag out."

This is from a native Australian English speaker Australian accent (see: 3:46-3:55) Free me swag out, camped under the stars, and I was healed up. I couldn't understand "free me swag out."....
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What does "goddamn" mean exactly?

I thought it means "damned by God" until I read that Christians may find it offensive, hence I thought it may mean cursing G*d (God forbid) not God cursing! Which is it?
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"Dont make it weird" - What does it mean?

In the bathroom there is a sign "Get naked unless you are just visiting. Dont make it weird!". What does the last part ("Dont make it weird") mean? Dont act like it is weird ? ...
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can someone please explain me the meaning of "It's not cut" in this context

I've playing a game called gta san andreas and there's a phrase that i'm no understanding at all the context is: the character called CJ and the other called big smoke have to go to cj's mom funeral ...
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What does it mean that "a woman's egg dropped"?

This context comes from the show "Euphoria" "I was shooting dope before your mama's egg dropped." My research: 1)drop an egg (Urban Dictionary definition) To become aroused to the ...
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How "to cook" is used in British slang? [closed]

stuck on silly ideas 'cause it's all you can cook It's a quote from a British rap song. I understand that "cook" here means "do" or "think of", am I right? The aspect ...
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What does "ship ship ship ship" mean as a comment on a webtoon? [duplicate]

This is a brief description of an episode of a webtoon. A boy, who seems to be very indifferent all about things around him. And a girl (or a young woman), whose job is to take care of the boy. (the ...
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Is it correct to use only "no is not" in this case?

Is it correct to reply with just "no is not" as an answer to some statement, without "it". For example: — It is easy. — No, is not.
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Title for the player that's trying to get others talking in " silence game"

I play the "silence game" with my kids, in which you win if you remain silent the longest, while a player is trying to get others talking. As we take turn playing; what term best describes ...
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What does 'screams' mean in this video?

A fan asked the youtuber a question, then the youtuber made up a story. The question: What screams "I Have A Crush On You" ? The story: When the girl turns her head to you, sees you're ...
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What do "At the top" and "With the letter U" mean in this reddit poll?

The Poll asks: In a list of countries, where do you think the United States should go? With only two options: At the top With the letter "U" What do the two options mean? There are 300 ...
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What is the meaning of "pretty decent" in terms of level of quality?

I have heard this idiom/phrase in various contexts over the last few decades. Yet, it has been difficult to establish an appropriate meaning to it corresponding to more formal language. Probably ...
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The word "InnerTube" in a different context

I´m translating a subtitle of a movie but I have not understood this sentence: " The things these kids post out on them InnerTube, ohhh boy I do not get that" What is the meaning of "...
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Is 'legitimately' informal when it means really?

In many videos, the streamers there use the word 'legitly' or 'legitimately' to mean very or really. For examples, the Anime Man says, I legitimately thought, the first time i saw this article, I ...
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If someone says "That hair tho", does it have a positive or a negative meaning?

I've seen this many times on social media and I can't decide whether it has good or bad meaning. Here is an example from twitter of a picture of a person with the statement saying BREAKING: CANTOR ...
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Meaning of “on the low side”

I was talking to a recruiter and she said that “ your maths skill is a bit on the low side”. Did she mean that my maths is very low in the score distribution of all candidates (i’m thinking about the ...
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Difference between "down for smth" or "up for smth" [closed]

There are many threads (I've listed a few below, under "Related") discussing the difference -- or lack thereof -- between the slangs "being down for something" or "up for smth&...
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Meaning of the "Ten Green Bottle Jobs" headline in The Sun

I don't understand what "green bottle" means in this newspaper. Could you explain? "Ten" is Man Utd's couch.
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Is the contraction of How'd ( did or would ) (?) [closed]

I’d like to know if the “'d” in “ How'd” is the world “did” or “would”
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What does Cristiano Ronaldo mean when used as an adjective?

The context is "[something] is so Cristiano Ronaldo". I saw this more than 3 times in different places not related to sports. I know he is a great, famous football player, but I don't know ...
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Does "to hound someone" sound rude?

How rude on the scale from 1 to 10 does it sound to say "You hound me when I'm at work and on my way back" to a close friend if I want to let them know I'm busy to reply to them right now? ...
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What figure of speech or idiom is involved here?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2WxaeIJcqY So I found this line: "You're a sewer troll that Stephen King wrote between his lines" in a rap music and I was trying to understand how it ...
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What is "cracked up to be"? [closed]

The financial burden of government lockdowns made one thing clear, that urban life isn't all that it's cracked up to be. What is the meaning of "cracked up to be" here? Source
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Term for abrupt termination of sedation

I'm looking for a word or slang regarding the abrupt awakening from a narcotic's sedation. To be precise, there is a state in which a drug addict abruptly wakes up from the pleasant trance he is ...
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What does the slang expression “a doozy of an 𝓧” mean?

I’ve understood the meaning of the word doozy from the Is a "doozy" a good or bad thing? question. But what does this here sentence mean? It’s going to be a doozy of a black eye. Is this a ...
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What is the grammar used in "[somebody] best girl"?

I see on some anime communities for example sometimes people use "[somebody] best girl", meaning "I love her; She is so adorable to me; (or literally) She is the best girl;". So ...
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Need to know the meaning of this sentence

Recently I watched "The Power Of The Dog" movie. In that movie, Phil, the main character was telling his brother "you could take her out without putting sack over her head." So I ...
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What does 'sus' mean in the sentence "People who joined Facebook after 2017 are sus."?

I saw a tweet: People who joined Facebook after 2017 are sus. What does this word "sus" mean in this sentence?
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advice on learning slangs

I'd like to learn some slangs, because sometimes I don't understand native speakers' conversations. However, I don't know what slangs to remember, and what to skip. I'm afraid some slangs will quickly ...
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What does "dead" and "buck" mean? [closed]

In a youtube video, the interviewer asked, "What happened to your business?" The interviewee replied with, "It was basically dead and the economy was literally like a buck a day." ...
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Is this structure idiomatic: "I seem to remember...." to mean you only remember a little

"I seem to remember that the park adjacent to my school was humongous." This is a sentence of a native speaker when he was talking about how things have changed compared to when he was ...
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what all did they do

a. What all did they do last night? I think 'what all' is used informally in American English in questions such as (a). I was wondering if it is used at all in British English and would also like to ...
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How rude is the "cockblock"? [closed]

The word, not the act. Also, obviously not the Harry Dresden "Skin Game" version working with a trigger cock - since the cock we are talking about most definitely isn't a rooster (or is the ...
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Idiom/slang for the expression "to use in an unwitting fashion/manner"

In the following video (2.12), the commentator is using the expression "to use in an unwitting fashion", whose meaning is perfectly understandable. My question is about how the same idea ...
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