Questions tagged [slang]

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

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cordeen or an ox tongue

I'm having a hard time with the slang in the movie Focus. I have just heard the following line: All eyes on me until I make the mark. And once I fan him, I tug my lapel. Two fingers mean it's a prat ...
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British slang of using “that is” at the end of a sentence

I've been trying to find examples or proofs that this expression actually exists but I just can't find any. I've heard it somewhere some time ago and it stuck in my head, and now I'm worried if it's ...
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Can “whatsoever” replace “at all”?

So I have difficulties to pronounce “at all” in English, and I was wondering if “whatsoever” meant the same thing, and if it could be used in a conversation. “He had no idea whatsoever.” “He had no ...
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Do we say “given” or “given that“?

Which is the formal one? “Given I’m tired, I won’t be there.” “Given that I am tired, I won’t be there.” Can we omit the “that” after “given” or it won’t be formal anymore? Other examples: I don’t ...
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Understanding sentences from The Ferryman

I'm having trouble understanding of this passage from The Ferryman (Jez Butterworth) What are the meanings of these sentences according to the passage: "get a bead on", "I’m a ways past ...
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The meaning of the acronym ITE?

I am reading a novel about North African prisoners of war and in it the writer uses the acronym "Ite" to represent a certain AXIS group of Soldiers. The best I can make out is that its the ...
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Can I use word “electric” to say that some person is cool?

urbandictionary says that "electric" is another way of saying "cool", "awesome", etc. But it also says that it can mean "Hitting it on really well with people, as if ...
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Is this the correct way to ask? “within what time should I send the mail”

I will explain the scenario. My manager asked me to send a mail with some documents attached and to send it as soon as possible. Now, I want to know how soon exactly. So should I ask "Within what ...
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What does the phrase “be over someone's shit” mean?

Could you tell me what the phrase be over one's shit mean? For example: The math teacher was over my shit today.
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Which of these sentence is correct given the subject of the sentence?

Which of these sentence is correct? “I am a person who likes their hair” (we conjugate with “person” we use “their” as a gender-neutral pronoun or do we put “his?”) “I am a person who like her hair” (...
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which verb is commen and which one is formal to use “move, displace, relocate, shift, etc.”

If one wants to leave a place permanently (house, working place, office) and go to another place, which verb can we use "(move, displace, relocate, shift, etc.) (to/ from)"? I mean "(move to/ from), (...
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Understanding “Cracker”

What does "cracker" mean in these passages from The Ferryman by Jez Butterworth: 1: QUINN. Where’s Michael? CAITLIN. Flat on his cracker in bed. 2: MICHAEL. Morning, Tom Kettle. Where’s m’da? ...
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what does “drop one's balls” mean?

I see it in "Regular Show" The whole sentence : Benson's gonna drop his balls when he sees how good we set up these chairs. Is it a slang ? I haven't found anything in web.
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meaning of the phrase “amped up on” in context

It is from Crash Course A&P. It is at 1 minute and 23 second. Here is the context: But even when they are functioming well, some of your immune cells are careening around your body like ...
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Meaning of “cross” in “While the cross has corrected slightly this week, we expect the uptrend to continue and recommend a buy-on-dips strategy”

From an article titled "Euro to US Dollar Exchange Rate Will Go Higher, Analysts Say, Buy On Dips": “While the cross has corrected slightly this week, we expect the uptrend to continue and ...
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meaning of a sentence in simak's project mastodon chpt.1

I am wondering the meaning of the following sentence found at the end of chapter 1 in Simak's Project Mastodon!: Snide item in smug, smart-alecky gossip column: Saucers are passé at the Pentagon. ...
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How to ask people if they are currently going commando

When asking people if they are currently going commando (not wearing underwear), should I say Did you came commando? or Are you on commando? or something else?
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Other alternative for “does that make sense”?

What are other alternatives for "Does that make sense"? I personally think this phrase is natural, not rude nor respectful. Are any other alternatives for when you try to sound more serious/angry (...