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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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What is the difference between “nope” and “no”?

What is the difference caused by using “nope” instead of ”no”? Is it used because “nope” sounds better and not straight like “no”? In some situations, it feels like nope is better to use than no even ...
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Is “cops” (= police) a slang/derogatory term?

So, I was with a friend getting Starbucks. While talking to him I used the term "cops" 💬. A customer waiting for their coffee said "We don't say 'cops' honey, it's disrespectful."...
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What does it mean? “I can't people today”

There is a shirt with a sentence written on it. The sentence is : I can't people today What does it mean? I've seen this link and I know that "people" can be a verb but in this special case, I ...
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What is the difference between IMO and IMHO and IHOP?

I was reading a public forum, and I saw the following abbreviations: IMO IMHO IHOP As far as I see, these are interchangeable somehow, but I don't understand the correct usage of them. Just assuming ...
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What does “Nailed it” mean?

I came across a few combinations of 'nailed it' or 'nailed down' in various contexts. According to the blog-posts, it seems to be widespread on the internet. However, I have never heard these ...
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What's the meaning of phrases that include “ship”, “shipping”, when there is a conversation about the heroes of TV series?

I saw such phrase "Fans have been shipping these two for years, and it’s easy to see why. They’re attractive, single, and they’ve got a lot in common..." in this article. What does "shipping" mean in ...
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Who decides whether something is standard English or not?

During a chat with a native English-speaking friend, he used the phrase "get on with it". I asked him about it, and he said it is a slang phrase. I looked it up online, and this phrase shows up on ...
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Is there a polite, formal way to say “sh!t happens”?

I am trying to write an essay and the only phrase I can think of is "shit happens". I'm wondering; is there any formal way to say shit happens?
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What does “One CPU is going to 'smoke' another CPU” mean?

I faced the following sentence: You really can’t say a 4.1GHz FX-8350 is going to smoke a 3.5GHz Core i7-3770K because in a hell of a lot of workloads the 3.5GHz Core i7 is going to dominate. I ...
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I am cumming or I am coming

Hi I know this is vulgar language but since it is a part of English I want to learn in right way. I want to ask a question about cum and come and this is really serious question made me confused. I ...
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The antonym of “diss”

I learn that 'diss' is a shortened version of "disrespect" Urban Dictionary: diss For example, try to diss me, man. What's the opposite of it? I searched 'spect' as shorthand for 'respect'. ...
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The female equivalent of “don't break my balls”

We all know that someone who can never be quiet, who criticizes, moans and nags until your patience wears thin and snaps. Some men will intimidate the nagger by saying: Stop breaking my balls! I ...
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Is there a word or slang word to call a girl who loves brand products?

Is there a word or slang expression for girls who are preoccupied with materialistic things, such as bags, rings, necklaces and so on, and with showing such things off to others? Girls for whom ...
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“The bass drop is so sick!…” - What does it mean?

Being a fan of a dubstep music, I often see comments like this: "Looooove this tune! The bass drop is so sick!..." To my understanding, sick has negative connotation. Merriam-Webster defines this ...
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“I don't give a rip!” What's a “rip”?

The title is pretty self-explanatory, but let me give some detail. I'm a native English speaker from the USA. I know exactly what that statement means and how to use it. I heard my Pastor use it ...
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Are “dude” and “man” disrespectful words?

What is the exact nuance of dude or man? I'm studying English from Japan. I want to know how people feel about dude or man. Is it just a friendly way to call close friends? Like addressing a ...
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What does web-mistress imply as a job title

I love that none needs my permission to take my code and do something cool with it, and someone else can do the same with that code. I love that an "end user" is usually only a few hours work away ...
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Does “49er” mean “A 49-year-old man”?

Is it right to say "I was talking to a 49er" to aim that "I was talking to a 49-year-old man"? I know that it's meaningless to say it, but my question is: "Is (age)er = (age)-year-old man"?
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Slang word for working overtime without being paid

I am looking for a slang word to describe the situation, where you are voluntarily working overtime at your job, but without getting paid. E.g. if you stay late at your work because you would like to ...
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What is the English equivalent of the Russian word тормоз which is used for very slowly working software?

In Russian there is word тормоз (tormoz) which originally meant "brake" (as in a car), but now is often used to denote a very slowly working software. The nearest word in English I know is "lag". But ...
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What does the slang word “hammered” actually mean?

I have recently posted a question in English Language and Usage the use of nailed, screwed, and hammered in one sentence. And I used this sentence for correction: Can someone be so screwed ...
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What is the meaning of “Redonkulous”; is it an English Phrase?

I want to find out the meaning of an English word called redonkulous. Is it a phrase or something? I found this word in an animated movie called Bolt. I searched in "Google" and in "Google Translate" ...
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How common is it to use the word 'bitch' for a female dog?

Today I was exposed to the fact that the female form of dog is bitch (just like bull (m) and cow (f)). But I have never heard someone who called his female dog a bitch. So I suspect that in fact it ...
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Is the word “suit” offensive (meaning “corporate-looking person”)?

You are in your workplace. Your father is visiting you. He sees one of your coworkers and asks you: Who is the suit? Is the word "suit" offensive in this context? A usage of this : http://youtu....
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Meaning of “with it way out cat”

I have issues deciphering meaning of the following sentence: We are the Atom Cats, a gang of the most with it way out cats in the Commonwealth. This sentence is from Fallout 4 game (which is not ...
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swag (slang) — what does this word really mean?

Source: Russia Is On A 'Holy Mission' And The West Doesn't Get It Example: In his State of the Union address, Obama displayed similar swag and bluster against both the Kremlin and congressional ...
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Meaning of “unchubby” in “If you are gay, why were you so unchubby in the shower?”

I am watching a movie and this sentence is from the movie. If you are gay, why were you so unchubby in the shower? What does unchubby mean? since I did not find it in the dictionary.
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What does 'straphanger' mean in this dialogue?

In this dialogue, two female agents (two of the most conscientious officers of the team) are having a phone conversation from two different countries. The one who is baking the cake is inviting the ...
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If somebody calls you “Hello Trouble”, what does it mean?

What does it exactly mean if somebody says "Hello, Trouble" to you? One of my colleagues said "Hello, Trouble" to me this morning. I just replied "Hi", as I was not sure what to say. So just ...
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What does “That's O.P.” mean?

What does "That's O.P." mean? It's an achievement in a game. The abbreviation "O.P." obviously doesn't mean "Original Poster" in this context. I think it may stand for surprise. Can somebody give ...
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What is the (TM) of “do the Right Thing(TM)”?

Sometimes I find expressions like "do the Right Thing(TM)" in the world of computer science. For example, Microsoft to C99 Developers: Use ISO C++ http://www.infoq.com/news/2012/05/vs_c99_support/ ...
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Is “cool” appropriate or offensive to use in IMs?

Today I learned a new word "Nive". When I google search, I found on urbandictionary it says nive "means cool. without actually having to say cool. cuz cool is an ugly word." My question is that - is ...
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Someone said to me, “We basically literally did.” What were they trying to express to me?

Someone said to me, "We basically literally did." What were they trying to express to me? Also, can basically and literally be used in the same sentence? My points to my language partner: ...
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What does “crank old Sabbath” refer to?

I'm currently watching the TV show "Breaking Bad" and I dont understand what seems to be slang. Context: some characters (who are drug users) are listening to music on a brand new sound system. They ...
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What does “stop whacking off” mean?

Today my boss came by my desk and told to me "stop whacking off, when will phase 2 of the project be completed?" What does "stop whacking off" mean? I did not know how to respond. What is an ...
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Like a Swiss watch

Here in Spain we have a saying to mark that something works perfectly, we say that it works like a Swiss watch. Is there any equivalent expression in English?
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“you know” in conversational language

I noted that in conversational language and slang, English native speakers often use "you know". Should this phrase be understood as a question "do you understand what I'm trying to say?" or as an ...
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What does the slang “Breaking Bad” actually mean?

I heard this mentioned on the show that has the same name but the Portuguese translation is scary: The Chemistry of Evil .... What the real sense that the writers of the show wanted to go with this "...
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How should I understand this line from Pulp Fiction?

Butch: You okay? Marsellus: Naw man. I'm pretty fuckin' far from okay! This is dialogue from the movie Pulp Fiction. What kind of the word class is "fuckin'" in the sentence: Participium or ...
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Difference between “They are goofing” and “They are goofing off”?

What's the difference between "They are goofing" and "They are goofing off"? I have heard both, but I don't know the distinction.
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Can I say “attention hooker”?

I picked up the phrase 'attention whore' from this question at ELU. On the next day I remembered the phrase as 'attention hooker.' It transformed and this one even sounds better for me, but I guess it ...
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“Fixing” an error

Open source programmers commonly use the term "to fix" (as in "fixing an error") to mean to correct (eliminate) an error. Is this use of the term "to fix" common outside open source programming (both ...
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What's the difference between “hang out” and “play”?

I just saw the movie Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The wide boy said, "Do you want to come to my home and play?" But the main character wanted him to say "hang out," and people around them jeered at the wide ...
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Which between “crap” and “shit” is more rude?

According to the Oxford dictionary, shit is defined as "(i) Faeces, (ii) Something worthless; rubbish; nonsense", whereas crap is defined as "(i) Something of extremely poor quality, (ii) Excrement". ...
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What does the use and meaning of You's in song 'No more “I love you's”'?

I listened this song written by David Edward & Daniel Freeman. I like that song but I didn't get complete meaning as I don't know the use of "You's" in lyrics. Lyrics is as below: I used to ...
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Pick Up The Chant

Suppose at a sporting event, some people chanted something. Then other fans that were not chanting started chanting the same thing: Fans picked up the chant. Sentences similar to this are ...
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What do 'hisself' and 'nuff money' mean?

He got hisself kicked out cause he couldn't cough up nuff money to pay the rent. What do 'hisself' and 'nuff' mean? It maybe looks like the nuff money is type of money. But how he can cough up money?
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Pick a number between one and ten

Pick a number between one and ten. Someone familiar with US practices would know that one and ten are included. A visitor to the US might think the range is two through nine, being between one and ten....
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Meaning of “mess lmao”

I was reading a blog and I'd read: I am involved with way too many languages and I am a mess lmao. I guess I can speak English and Cantonese (?) I know what lmao means, but what means in this case ...
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What does “slap” mean in this context?

From Grace Dent on Television: Harlots, Housewivs and Heroines - a 17th Century History for Girls, BBC4 | The Independent: They branded Diana, and still do, an hysterical, diva-ish and paranoid ...

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