Discussion in 'Linguistics' started by visceral_instinct, Aug 2, 2009.
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Please provide definitions.
Not all of our members are native anglophones. And even those of us who are don't necessarily understand slang from a different region, generation or peer group.
Epic- Anything great, spectacular, or large/monumental in nature
Fail- An inability to complete an objective, task or job either assigned or volunteered for.
Epic Fail -A mistake of such monumental proportions that it requires its own term in order to sucessfully point out the unfathomable shortcomings of an individual or group.
Jack: Uh, dude? I may or may not have wrecked 14 ferrari's with my moped after derailing a whole train carrying nothing but kittens and puppies...
Jim: Epic Fail, Man. EPIC Fail.
Read one recently that I thought was quite good!
Presstitute. Definition should be obvious, but describes many current "journalists".
I like 'tldr'. It means that something on the net is too long and you didn't care to read it. It's probably an example of net slang as of now, but it can be used more often in the nearest future.
I know what "epic fail" means. "Epic" is a venerable old word and using a verb ("fail") as a noun (when we already have the perfectly fine word "failure") is just today's way of butchering the language.
Sorry, I was asking about "cracktastic." Does that mean "as wonderful as rock cocaine"? Or "as wonderful as your butt"?
An abbreviation of "too long didn't read," obvious now that you've explained it.
You're predicting that people will continue to communicate in shorter and shorter bursts, using abbreviations whenever possible, to fit the text-messaging maximum?
What a crappy world!
Palap - New word for palindrome. (From Sorcerer)
No, sorry if I wasn't clear. I'm just assuming that the most popular keyboard abbreviations will find their way into oral speech, as they have been doing since the institutionalization of e-mail.
These things often go through a subsequent transformation in the move from writing to speech. I've heard people say "loll," then realized that they're pronouncing LOL as a word.
Acronyms have been a phenomenon since the mid-20th century. They have their own rules, primarily that they must be constructed according to English phonetics so they can be spoken aloud. RADAR, NORAD, TASER, etc., are now written in lower-case and spoken as two syllables--although Cobol and Fortran are usually capitalized for obscure reasons that go back to the dawn of programming languages.
But most texting abbreviations are limited to 3 or four letters, making them unpronounceable--with a few exceptions like LOL.
Oddly, I've heard people say OMG, naming the letters, when it would take exactly the same time and effort to simply say, "Oh my God."
Raindar : to use radar to see where the rain is.
Frizzle: freezing light rain.
pluck = someone you extort
busta =fake gangster
west dakoda = how was that possible . example that was some west dakota stuff
I've always seen it written as West Dakota.
behyman: Male anal hyman
That's an old one. People were saying it when I was in high school in the 1950s.
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It's another of those phrases. I believe it hails from the Southern US.
So, yes to both.
Badger-botherer. Meaning: promiscuous male homosexual who has assignations with strangers in public parks, etc. The name is due to a gay newspaper columnist, who was commenting on a rather ridiculous Welsh MP who was caught doing this and claimed he was just looking for badgers.
''Go ham'' - acting out in an outrageous way, in anger or trying to be appear tough/hard
''I'm gonna go ham on that guy if he cuts in front of me, again!''
That's a strange one. Any idea where it comes from and how it may have arisen?
Separate names with a comma.