You've seen it in a chat window. You've probably kldjhsljfalshj-ed a few times yourself. In context, it always makes sense, but how can you properly explain the text-scream phenomenon of lakgjiosdgjitheiow? What does i;slahkdsgkuhdsj really mean?
There's a lot of slang associated with drinking. Three sheets to the wind. Hair of the dog. On the wagon. We all know them, we all use them, but most of us don't know where they came from or what they really mean. Read on, and you'll be the smartest person at the bar.
The editors of the Oxford English Dictionary are crowdsourcing research about WWI-era slang. Have you found a use of "Zeppelins in a cloud" (slang for sausage and mashed potatoes) that's older than 1925? How about a use of "shell shock" older than 1915? The OED wants to hear about it. [Chronicle of Higher Education]
If you're white—and you watched Miley Cyrus last Sunday—perhaps you're wondering "can I say twerk without being offensive to black people?" Perhaps. But can you say "That"? What about "It"? It's complicated, but Gawker's Caity Weaver will save you from racist hell with her guide.
Depending on what era you live in, a penis might be known as a plough, a pillow prick, a jigglestick, or a jasper, while a vagina might be a fly-trap, an oracle, a catch 'em alive-o, or the antipodes. Brush up on your historical slang with a pair of genital charts.
Today is texting's 20th birthday, and as part of the celebration, we've rounded up a little museum of texting slang. You may know some of it very well, you may not recognize some of it at all. You may even find the existence of some of it to be quite dubious.
Teens today! What are they even saying on those new-fangled computer phones? LOL, amirite? Parents just can't keep up with all those crazy indecipherable abbreviations swift-thumbed kids are tapping at every hour of the day. Good thing this handy primer of 92 commonly text terms exists. If only it weren't packed with…
Um, epic nom nom time? Totes! Awks, but did you peep her hooking up? FML. Today suuu-uucks. Total fail! Just wanna get wasteyface tonight. This will probably be incoherent in the near future, because most slang dies young. But why?
Next time you play Scrabble, grab the official Collins Dictionary so you can outmaneuver your friends with words like "webzine", "darknet" and "grrl". Be prepared, though, as those non-techies across from you may win with the dreaded "Facebook".