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#1 Old 02-21-2011, 05:27 PM
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Teach me slang from your area and I'll teach you mine! Let's do a swap of linguistic shibboleths!
As an English student, I have to confess to being a bit of a nerd for this sort of thing. Not particularly for rude stuff (although that's never unwanted), but just any sort of bizarre or strange slang that is extremely local in its usage.

Living in Scotland I've heard a lot, but I'm blanking so I'll just throw a few in here...

Heehaw - nothing (weird because it's like a donkey noise)
Baufin - disgusting
Cannae - can't
Fae - 'from,' 'Ahm fae Scotland!'
Faur - 'where,' 'faur's mah mince?'
Fit like min - this phrase basically means, 'how are you.'
Havering - 'to talk a load of rubbish or nonsense'
Quine - girl (useful for some bathrooms if you're ever here)

In this grand illusion of entitlement to life / Our 'need' is a mask for our greed and it's not right /
We are executioners who parade ourselves as kings / As selfish and deluded as the blood-bathed Bathory. ~Kingdom, 'Bathory' xVx
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LULZ - replaces actual audible laughter.

I hate when people say "lulz".
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I hate when people say "lulz".

That's a whole thread, nay, encyclopedia, unto itself.

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We are executioners who parade ourselves as kings / As selfish and deluded as the blood-bathed Bathory. ~Kingdom, 'Bathory' xVx
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Im not sure how to list American slang......its pretty much the basis of our language....

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Some Canadian slang:

**** disturber - A troublemaker
Hoodie - Hooded sweat shirt
Pop - Soda
Chinook - A warm dry wind
Deke - a fake out (hockey term)
Double double - a cup of coffee with two creams and two sugars (Tim Hortons)
Homo milk - Whole unskimmed milk
Garburator - Garbage disposal unit
Runners - Running shoes, sneakers
Serviette - Napkin
Chesterfield - Couch (no one actually uses that one though)
Loonie - Canadian 1 dollar coin
Toonie - Canadian 2 dollar coin
Toque - A knitted winter hat
Washroom - bathroom
Timbits - Donut holes
Hydro - Electrical service
First Nations - Native or indigenous peoples
Give'er - "Work really hard!"
Eh - "Don't you agree?"
26er - A 750 ml bottle of alcohol
40 - 40 fl oz bottle of alcohol
Frog - French Canadian
Grit - Member of the liberal party
Tory - Member of the conservative party
Stupidstore - Slang for the Real Canadian Superstore
Hoser - *******
Swish - Homemade low quality liquor
Mountie - Police

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Canadian slang is just as stereotypical as I'd always dreamed, haha

In this grand illusion of entitlement to life / Our 'need' is a mask for our greed and it's not right /
We are executioners who parade ourselves as kings / As selfish and deluded as the blood-bathed Bathory. ~Kingdom, 'Bathory' xVx
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Canadian slang is just as stereotypical as I'd always dreamed, haha

Oh yes, hockey and Tim Hortons and booze, that's us!

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Haha, I don't remember much from visiting Canada other than it's an omni's country, and everyone loved my Norn Irn accent.

Talking of which, here's some Norn Irn (Northern Ireland) speech;

(Away an') saunter - F**k off
Bap - I've been told that only the Northern Irish say this for 'bread roll', also head as in 'use your bap'
Stiek/Spide - alternative (and not often used since the press got a hold of the English word) word for what England calls 'chavs'
'Bout ye? - How are you?
Slabbering - Making fun of/talking about someone negatively
Stroked - Stolen
Banjaxed/blitzed - F**ked up (both alcohol-wise and generally)
Scundered - Been caught, looking embarrassed, 'you're scundered'

In this grand illusion of entitlement to life / Our 'need' is a mask for our greed and it's not right /
We are executioners who parade ourselves as kings / As selfish and deluded as the blood-bathed Bathory. ~Kingdom, 'Bathory' xVx
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Midwest USA (Ohio)

Conniption- the state of being hysterical
Giggidty- gross, ruined, covered with bits of dried food, spilled milk, and other nasty stuff
Bumgiggle- utterly ridiculous
Tweaker- someone addicted to methamphetamine
A fart in a skillet- something that is pointless
Pine Tree- a variety of crystal meth
Spec- spectacular
Rant (ramp) and rave- to be upset
Boogered up- to have made something go horribly wrong
Flogged up the down-slice- to be falling down drunk
Flustrated- to be embarrassed

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Always got weird looks out of state when I called drinking fountains bubblers. I guess there used to be a company called bubbler in this area (Milwaukee, WI) that made drinking fountains and that became the common word.

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I dunno, I guess if you watch American movies you can pick up on American slang, especially slang from from Los Angeles. One of my favorites is cojones, which is Spanish, and means *cough* balls, but not just the male anatomy, but also meaning sheer nerve. The other word for it is chutzpah; it's Yiddish and means basically the same thing - sheer nerve, effrontery.

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Midwest USA (Ohio)

Conniption- the state of being hysterical
Giggidty- gross, ruined, covered with bits of dried food, spilled milk, and other nasty stuff
Bumgiggle- utterly ridiculous
Tweaker- someone addicted to methamphetamine
A fart in a skillet- something that is pointless
Pine Tree- a variety of crystal meth
Spec- spectacular
Rant (ramp) and rave- to be upset
Boogered up- to have made something go horribly wrong
Flogged up the down-slice- to be falling down drunk
Flustrated- to be embarrassed

Interesting. Good to know so next time I'm in Ohio and someone offers me a pine tree they aren't asking if I want a Christmas tree.
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Interesting. Good to know so next time I'm in Ohio and someone offers me a pine tree they aren't asking if I want a Christmas tree.

Skylark might offer you an actual Christmas tree. I think her grandparents run a Christmas tree farm?

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I dunno, I guess if you watch American movies you can pick up on American slang, especially slang from from Los Angeles. One of my favorites is cojones, which is Spanish, and means *cough* balls, but not just the male anatomy, but also meaning sheer nerve. The other word for it is chutzpah; it's Yiddish and means basically the same thing - sheer nerve, effrontery.

I love the sound of Yiddish so much! It's so fascinating to listen to and it rolls off the tongue in a fun way. Also Jewish phrasing (From TV anyway) "Such a good boy you are!"

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Eijiit (e-jit) is a good Irish/Scots one for idiot.

'Bubblers' has to be my favourite in here so far. And the suggestion to look to American movies reminds me of last year when all my friends used Call of Duty for slang, 'I'm Oscar Mike' instead of 'I'm coming,' etc.

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We are executioners who parade ourselves as kings / As selfish and deluded as the blood-bathed Bathory. ~Kingdom, 'Bathory' xVx
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I love the sound of Yiddish so much! It's so fascinating to listen to and it rolls off the tongue in a fun way. Also Jewish phrasing (From TV anyway) "Such a good boy you are!"

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One type of slang I've been interested in for a while is Polari, the old 'gay slang' which has mostly died out now since homosexuality became legal and gays no longer really needed a private language. Several words from it are part of normal British slang now, like 'naff' (bad, cheap and nasty), 'clobber' (clothes), 'scarper' (to run away), and of course 'cottaging' (ie gay men having sex in toilets!). I do think it's cool. It has a number of different origins including Roma, Yiddish, Italian etc. http://www.chris-d.net/polari/
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Off the top of my head there's "big deal". I actually use this one a lot. It means something really important. When I say it I'm usually trying to downplay something. (What's the big deal?)

"Cheesy" means poor quality.

I don't ever say "Bologna!" but I really like that one. It basically means nonsense, or you could even look at it as being a substitute for a bad word. I like it even more now that I'm a vegetarian. It sounds more like a curse word now.

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butt=cigarette ie; "I'm going for a butt..."
townie=local resident
clicker=remote control (pronounced "clickah")
statie=state trooper
bagged=arrested ie; "Did you hear that statie bagged Will for a DUI?"
cruiser=police car
bubbler=drinking fountain (as pointed out but pronounced "bubalah" in MA)
wicked=used as build up in a sentence ie; "He hit me wicked hard!", "You're wicked smart!"
bull$#!t=extremely irritated ie; "He was bull$#!t."
carriage=shopping cart
blinkers=turn signals
"you's guy's"="all of you"
packie=package/liquor store
rotary=roundabout
grinder=sub (pronounced "grindah")
wicked pissah=awesome.
cellar=basement
bulkhead=metal doors and stair entrance to the basement
"I'm all set."="no thank you."
"decked out"="dressed up"
P-town=Provincetown
rere=idiot
sketchy=something strange or out of place
"bang a right/left"="Make a right/left turn."
Ma$$holes=derogatory term to describe residents
"No suh (sir)!" to which the other person would respond; "yea huh!"
Taxachusetts- derogatory political state title
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When I hear "si-gogglin", a lot of people I know in Montreal use the word, "f**ky".
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"spendy" = expensive
"visit the coast" = go to the beach
"bumbershoot" = umbrella, but mostly in conjunction with a music festival by that name
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'cottaging' (ie gay men having sex in toilets!). http://www.chris-d.net/polari/

Out here in Ohio the Amish have a similar term, called bundling, for girls and boys who sleep together with a piece of wood between them.

That reminds me:

Methhead: another term for someone addicted to crystal meth

Plain dealer: an Amish drug dealer (usually methamphetamine, and this happens a lot more often than you would think)

Rummy: an Amish adolescent going through "Rumspringa" in which they are allowed to "go English" that is, wear modern clothes, have a car, co-habitate with an English (not Amish) guy/girl, and frequently, get involved in massive drug producing and dealing rings.

To continue with drug related slang:

ditchweed: really low quality marijuana

Football related slang:

Bucknasty: Nickname for the Buckeye Express.

Gold Pants: Award given to football players after they beat Michigan.

McGahee’d: Injuring your knee; named after former Miami Hurricanes running back Willis McGahee.

Oval: The oval-shaped area in the middle of campus.

TBDBITL: Short for “the Best Damn Band in the Land,” a phrase coined by Woody Hayes to describe the Ohio State Marching Band.

That State Up North: The proper way to refer to Michigan.

The ‘Schott: Ohio State’s arena; the Jerome Schottenstein Center.

The Shoe: Ohio State’s football stadium, the Horseshoe.

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Rack: women's breasts

Devil strip: the piece of grass between your sidewalk and the road

Nibblenerck: to raid the kitchen between meals for snacks continually

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I'm in eastern NC and a lot of those are used here too, even among us so called "city folk".

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From Texas:

piss-ant. A derogatory, meaning small or insignificant.
y'all. Contraction of you all. Can refer to a group or an individual. (Not just Texas, but the whole South.)
warsh. Wash. "I'm going to warsh the dishes." I'm not sure if this is slang, or just mispronunciation.

From Wisconsin:

brat. Bratwurst.
brewski. A beer.

From Florida:

cracker. A native Floridian.

From the U.S. Navy:

jar-head. A member of the Marine Corps. Jar basically means a chamber-pot.

On the Looney Tunes, Yosemite Sam always called Bugs Bunny, "ya long-eared galoot!" Galoot means an oaf, lazy or clumsy person. Its origin is uncertain, but it appears to have been popular in Scotland, from the early 1800s.

Then there's:

bupkis. Yiddish for, of no value, even as in, goat droppings.
patootie. A pretty girl or rear-end. May have derived from sweet potato.
keister. Began as underworld slang for suitcase, handbag, safe, box, etc. Has also come to mean a person's rear-end.

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Fag = cigarette
Bum = bottom
Tramp = homeless person


From where I grew up..
"Mon". Mon is hard to describe.. I suppose you could say it's kinda the same as man when used in a sentence. The usual way it's said is "All right mon?" (Well really "alreet mon?" )
"Me mocker". Another hard one to describe.. Really just a friendly term (most of the time ) Again usually said "Alreet me mocker?"
"Let's have a gander" = Let's go look at something/let's go for walk.
"Dinna wurry mon" = Don't worry, mon.

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Oh I thought of another southern one: tarnation.

ex. "What in tarnation?" Basically an older persons way of saying "What the ****?"

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Out here in Ohio the Amish have a similar term, called bundling, for girls and boys who sleep together with a piece of wood between them.

That reminds me:

Methhead: another term for someone addicted to crystal meth

Plain dealer: an Amish drug dealer (usually methamphetamine, and this happens a lot more often than you would think)

Rummy: an Amish adolescent going through "Rumspringa" in which they are allowed to "go English" that is, wear modern clothes, have a car, co-habitate with an English (not Amish) guy/girl, and frequently, get involved in massive drug producing and dealing rings.

To continue with drug related slang:

ditchweed: really low quality marijuana

I forgot about drug slang! We have a lot of that here, some of it specific to Vancouver or BC

Shake, Skunk or Skag - Really low quality marijuana
Bud - Good marijuana
Chronic - Really good marijuana
BC Bud - The best there is
Toke - To inhale smoke
Candy flipping - Doing LSD and mushrooms at the same time
Etard - Someone who does too much E
Blazed - High
Crispy or Fried - Too high, burned out
Permafried - High all the time
Sloshed - Drunk
Sketchy or Sketched out - Tweaking on crystal meth

Just a few off the top of my head, this is an interesting city

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Midwest USA (Ohio)

Conniption- the state of being hysterical
Giggidty- gross, ruined, covered with bits of dried food, spilled milk, and other nasty stuff
Bumgiggle- utterly ridiculous
Tweaker- someone addicted to methamphetamine
A fart in a skillet- something that is pointless
Pine Tree- a variety of crystal meth
Spec- spectacular
Rant (ramp) and rave- to be upset
Boogered up- to have made something go horribly wrong
Flogged up the down-slice- to be falling down drunk
Flustrated- to be embarrassed

The only ones of these I use are the first and the last.

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Skylark might offer you an actual Christmas tree. I think her grandparents run a Christmas tree farm?

I would not offer you the other kind of pine tree.

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MA:
townie=local resident
clicker=remote control (pronounced "clickah")
statie=state trooper
bagged=arrested ie; "Did you hear that statie bagged Will for a DUI?"
cruiser=police car
wicked=used as build up in a sentence ie; "He hit me wicked hard!", "You're wicked smart!"
blinkers=turn signals
cellar=basement
"I'm all set."="no thank you."
"decked out"="dressed up"
P-town=Provincetown
sketchy=something strange or out of place
"No suh (sir)!" to which the other person would respond; "yea huh!"

All of these here would be easily understood by Ohioans, even if we don't use them quite as much as you Massutopians.

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Methhead: another term for someone addicted to crystal meth
Plain dealer: an Amish drug dealer (usually methamphetamine, and this happens a lot more often than you would think)
Rummy: an Amish adolescent going through "Rumspringa" in which they are allowed to "go English" that is, wear modern clothes, have a car, co-habitate with an English (not Amish) guy/girl, and frequently, get involved in massive drug producing and dealing rings.

To continue with drug related slang:
ditchweed: really low quality marijuana

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Rack: women's breasts
Devil strip: the piece of grass between your sidewalk and the road

Yep, yep. Ditchweed also going by skunkweed here. I swear it's all the members at the credit union where I work smoke, or at least the main foul stench stinking up my cash drawer on most days.

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