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What new bit of language are you hearing at the moment? We want to hear words and phrases, with definitions and where it's being used. We're interested in marketing speak, stuff from kids in playgrounds etc.

(, Sun 1 Feb 2004, 14:00)
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About twelve or thirteen years ago...
when I was still at school in Huddersfield, me and a mate were making up new words- this was something to do in those long periods when the teachers disappeared to do paperwork/take antidepressants/screw the art teacher or something else that was deemed more important than teaching. One of us, I can't remember if it was me or him, came up with the word 'bab'.

We both found it extremely funny- a more comic version of the same thing as both 'crap' and 'shit'. We began using it in general conversation- "that's bab", or "you're a babstain". It began to be used by other kids at our school- a whole new swearword to add to our limited vocabulary. Then other people started to use it. As time went on, when I began to meet people make friends from further afield (like Halifax or Leeds, etc), they'd sometimes say 'bab'. And I occasionally hear people say it now, even though I now live in Aberystwyth and the people who say it have never been to Yorkshire. Is that cool or wot?

Well probably not, no. But if any celebrity ever says "bab" on TV, this will be our claim to fame...
(, Sun 1 Feb 2004, 21:47, Reply)
The wierdest slang ever.
It's too horrible to speak but it's called (insert horror chord here) FRENCH
(, Sun 1 Feb 2004, 21:41, Reply)
ive begun to use ace as a symbol for all that is good, gash for all that is bad. Oh and recently, if somethings good, its "pint", cos one of my firends said it accidentally on the phone once. To piss anyone off, it is posssible to say oh.................................yeah? (include that puase)
i know its rubbish, but its true, and isnt that what REALLY counts?
(, Sun 1 Feb 2004, 21:40, Reply)
my friend and I say rad a lot... it's a very extensive word
as it means good, or cool.

and people have different kinds of radity, such as nice rad, outrageous rad etc etc

oh, and kitzy from pixelpuss famously says "scrotums", which is the best phrase ever.

(, Sun 1 Feb 2004, 21:29, Reply)
A foolish person, apparently.
(, Sun 1 Feb 2004, 21:24, Reply)
....my mate was told to put his monkey where his mouth was by some kid and the very same week I was called a Horse Monkey by some other little kid...strange...or maybe we look like monkeys!
(, Sun 1 Feb 2004, 20:54, Reply)
All I can think of at this time
Stinkymint - granny safe version of cuntymint
Uri Geller
(, Sun 1 Feb 2004, 20:53, Reply)
I ashamedly still use "yo" when greeting friends etc. (infact did anybody ever say yo? ever?)

Amongst my friends, we use "rockpods" as a term for shoes, because i misheard one of them say "rockports". Not that we talk about shoes very often.
(, Sun 1 Feb 2004, 20:41, Reply)
i am trying my hardest
to include the word "cromulent" in my everday conversations. as per that episode of the simpsons:
"I'd never heard the word embiggens before I moved to springfield"
"It's a perfectly cromulent word."
cromulent: adjective; valid, acceptable
(, Sun 1 Feb 2004, 20:36, Reply)
There are two that I can recall from my misspent youth in Manchester
Bobbins: meaning that something is crap. ("That's bobbins, that is")

The sound of a thousand bananas being peeled: the sound of masturbation.
(, Sun 1 Feb 2004, 20:31, Reply)
Some of the guys
I occasionally hang out with like to shout the word "NOI!!" instead of saying no, or just for the sake of screaming. It is always said in a high pitch, grating, nasal voice and often preceeded by the word "NAKA", which is occasionally repeated several times. Making the whole phrase NAKA NOOOOI! or NAKA NOOI-HEEE!! or NAKA... NAKA..... NAKA-NOI-HEEE!...sometimes I wonder about them...
(, Sun 1 Feb 2004, 20:07, Reply)
"comedy" as in "how funny" or "hilarious"
"how rare!" weeble n bob style and generally having weeble and bob-esq. conversations
"fairy muff" which be fair enough

Dr. Pepper is the Sultan

i sometime have brain-farts or temporary dyslexia where you get stuff the wrong way round, as in Sheddy Terringham (Teddy Sherringham) or pron etc
(, Sun 1 Feb 2004, 20:00, Reply)
Some we use around here.
Newport = this refers to a spoiled woman or girl who acts like a princess. Usually they're from Newport Beach where the nouveau riche come from and daddy pays for everything.

Buttnut - term of endearment when your loved one is acting goofy.

Fo sho - It's a take on the Fo schizzle ma nizzle thing.

Nigga (with the pronunciation on the a)- white people are not allowed to say this. Black people say it to each other to recognise friendship, i.e. "He's my nigga!" However, if a black person calls another black person Nigger, then they usually get shot.

Twunt is a favourite of mine as nobody here knows what the hell it means.
(, Sun 1 Feb 2004, 19:52, Reply)
My friends and I
practically have our own language...

m: That kind of means "you know what I mean so I don't need to say it".

t-t-t-t-t: This is the noise of bashing your teeth together, to signify annoyance.

shoe: gone wrong, broken. As in "I'm feeling shoe"/"I'm depressed", "it's gone shoe"/"it's not working", "SHOE!"/"SHIT!"

There are many, many, many...

p.s. Alistair: it's "Cool as MINTS", not "mince". Does that make any more sense?

p.p.s. I just invented "nutpeg", which means "lunatic".
(, Sun 1 Feb 2004, 19:49, Reply)
"The shitter"
can be used to refer to almost anything i.e
"pass the shitter mate"
or "ohh man i'm in serious need of some of that shitter right now"
and "oh that was a mad shitter!"
also try "mad skills" when something is good and "Jedi" as in "he's the jedi at custom building guitars/computers/sheds"etc...

edit: saying summink also springs to mind, i say summink only when i have my retainers in and i sound like a proppa spazzer.
(, Sun 1 Feb 2004, 19:48, Reply)
Me and my friends have a dictionary of our slang
See it here. There's probably stuff we use thats not on the list - we're always coming up with something new. "Hench" meaning "good" and "wench" meaning "bad" spring to mind.
(, Sun 1 Feb 2004, 19:41, Reply)
Cheeseburger Happy Meal
This originates from a girl we know getting a ride home from a guy. He took her to McDonald's on the way home and bought her a Cheeseburger Happy Meal. She claimed she felt obligated to perform fellatio on him for this favour (cost: about $5 CAD). She requested he play "Pretty Fly For A White Guy" by the Offspring, and when she was done, she let him come on her norks.

(Sorry for the vulgarity?)
So now, when someone does you a favour, instead of "you owe me one", you say "Cheeseburger Happy Meal" (there's no sexual connotation in this usage, at least not typically)... we're trying to spread it outside the GTA, so feel free to use it locally!

Also, when someone/something annoys you/me, it's getting "on your tits" or "on my tits"
(, Sun 1 Feb 2004, 19:40, Reply)
I have a few...
The word 'gay' to say something is bad, has made a comeback (ever since Mario Kart). Same with Twat/Slag.

I've heard alot of "1337" speek spoken in real life, ie, 'Lawl' for laugh out loud.

Normaly the morning after if I have mates staying around, we comunicated in 'mers', and it supprisingly it works very well. For example, "Merr, meh, meeaah, mermer" with pointing at something like a bottle of water.

Another one is the word 'well' asin, "Thats well good", along with 'rare'.. "how rare".

I've been using the word 'blimmy' alot.

Since hanging around with some South Africans, i've started using the word
"Oak" to mean Bloke,
"bejeeze" for something like 'gosh',
'Kaffa' for good,
(, Sun 1 Feb 2004, 19:32, Reply)
the oojamawotsit is when you're asking for something and can't remember the name of the object:
'Have you seen the oojamawotsit, I'm sure I left around here'.
We also call remote control's Frank (as in Zappa) have you got the TV Frank?
Work speak involves a lot of taking ownership (in other words if you get a complaint then you have to deal wit it, and if it goes tits up its your fault)
tits up- things going badly wrong.
There's a lot of thinking outside the box/thinking outside the circle, and pro-active enagagement, which I have no idea what it is!
(, Sun 1 Feb 2004, 19:27, Reply)
"meh" is quite a good word. I guess it's onomatopoeic... I suppose it means "oh well", "never mind"... at least that's what I mean when I use the "meh" sound. Other people use it as in "I'm feeling meh" (i.e. I feel shit". Meh, I dunno!

"Blaze" seems to be popular among the people pretending to be black at my school. As in "let's blaze it down to English", or "are we blazin' it?". The latter can mean almost anything, it seems.

One fantastic one - "Mange"... pronounced the same way as the French for "eat". Often used in the same way... "Let's go and mange something" (at around lunchtime), or even "I'm in the mood to mange some minge". But it can also be used to mean absolutely anything... "I'm manged off with you!" or "Wow, that's mange!"

Given that some of these words can mean absolutely anything, is there any point in language any more?
(, Sun 1 Feb 2004, 19:20, Reply)
Possibly the most used word in my school...
A: 'Have you like done the homework?'
B: 'No, it's like, I dunno, like really hard.'
Is it a national thing I wonder?

Other than that, all I can think of is,
spen - spare pen.
As in, 'Do you have a spen I can borrow?'
(, Sun 1 Feb 2004, 19:16, Reply)
If sumthing is a bit dodgy...
...it can be 'dubious', pronounced 'dooby-ous'
if its very dodgy, its 'bare' dubious
(, Sun 1 Feb 2004, 19:14, Reply)
My word of the minute is blemmer, it's a all purpose insult. It has spastical origin, as it is the call of the spaz, a loud "BLEMMMM!!!!!". Therefore he (or she, i'm not sexist,just spuddist) who blems is a blemmer!

I'm sure you all know people who not only blem loud, but blem proud, give them the name they deserve.
As stated above, there is also spuddist, which means that spastication is seen as religion as a cross between spud and Buddist, put it on the next census.
(, Sun 1 Feb 2004, 19:13, Reply)
Townies say the funniest of things
Last year, before all of the townie scum left the school instead of staying on for A-levels, I heard the term "razz" alot. I'm not entirely sure what it means, but I heard it used in many contexts replacing a lot of verbs. For example, "Give us a razz" instead of "Give us a go" [on something].
(, Sun 1 Feb 2004, 19:11, Reply)

Confuzzled = Confused

Blarg! = Oh, f*ck!

Sausages! = Oh, sh*t!

I'm too polite to swear. :o)
(, Sun 1 Feb 2004, 18:58, Reply)
...some things from New Jersey
here are some things i hear in New Jersey

"yesh" = yes
"you da man" + "tru dat tru dat"
"blah" / "bleh" = this word can mean anything- it all depends how it is used and when it is used
"wtf" = what the fuck
"wts" = what the shit
things said among my job:
"the void" = masturbation, someone who masturbates a lot
"blink blink" / "blinking"/ "blink" = someone is creepy or you're trying to get someone to do something for you they would not normally do.

(, Sun 1 Feb 2004, 18:44, Reply)
I have a weird obsession with giving out Smarties and we have devised the term "Chalfonting" for when the lid irritatingly gets wedged halfway down the tube denying access to further Smartie goodness.
(, Sun 1 Feb 2004, 18:42, Reply)
Heard, Understood, Acknowledged. US Marine type movie grunt speak, as in:

Captain: Take out the alien base!
Grunts: HUA!

Now being used in my office when I ask a junior programmer to do something, as in:

Me: Can you add such-and-such a thing to the wossname?

?? These kids.
(, Sun 1 Feb 2004, 18:34, Reply)
A couple of north-east ones from a misspent youth...
Stows and/or Stoys: Lots. Stoys of booze was an acceptable quantity for a medium piss-up. Stows was quite frankly terrifying amounts.

Dead slippy was very good. This was well before *that* underworld song.

Schlameel: No idea what it meant, but it got said every so often.

A bit of Nadsat has invaded as well, particularly tolchock and yarbles... for the meaning please refer to A Chocolate Orange.
(, Sun 1 Feb 2004, 18:28, Reply)
My friends and I
have begun using various b3tan terms (mostly my fault), but we've also begun hearing certain groups of teen girls actually say L.O.L./Lawl, J.K., and various other idiotic IM terms and abbreviations in actual real-life conversation.

Another thing that has an adverse affect on my nerves comes from these same groups of airheaded girls- the phrase "Just Kidding," which they use every time you point out that whatever they just said was wrong or just plain stupid. They're never actually kidding, either. There isn't enough intelligence among the lot of them to comprehend sarcasm, so I sincerely doubt that they are ever telling the truth when they say that.

It's disturbing that blatant lies have become common enough to be consiedered slang.

...erm, sorry about the bitter, folks.
(, Sun 1 Feb 2004, 18:26, Reply)

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