Top Slang Terms of 2017

Suh, fam? Today we’re diving deep with some of the most lit terms from 2017. Be warned: some of these terms have been around since before MMXVII, but our Slang.org experts have made sure to include only words that have either had a revival or are at least relevant to current slang-biosphere. On this year of the rooster, make sure you prepare your vocab to stay trending and keep it fresh AF. So handle these #2017slang, Team Internet, with care.


Extra

Overboard, over the top, or excessive. The origin of this one is self-explanatory, but we here at Slang.org believe you should be prepared, especially if you’re being the extra one. The word almost exclusively has negative connotations, despite extra typically meaning above and beyond.

Example: “You need to step out of my face right now. You’re being extra!”

FR

For real. Another byproduct of abbreviation for the sake of typists/texters, this handy dandy initialism is a tool to emphasize a point, notion, or emotion. The word has been on the rise as of late and may continue to pop up as the best way to say really-really.

Example: “Can we order out? I’m hungry, FR.”

Gassed

Depending on the scenario: drunk, mad, or excited. When referring to drunkenness, the word is a play on filling up with liquids, like you would a car. The other forms are plays on the term stepping on the gas, or revving up the car, to show excitation. Nowadays, the latter forms have come into favor.

Example: “Dude, if you skipped out on leg day, your trainer is gonna be gassed.”

GOAT or G.O.A.T.

Greatest of all time. The first known usage of the term comes from Muhammad Ali’s wife registered G.O.A.T. Inc. as the company to handle their brand. Athletes of all kinds have been using the terminology for many years, and rapper LL Cool J used it as an album title in the year 2000. Only recently did the term re-explode on social media as a way to pay respects to whatever subject you’ve included in the post.

Example: “Jordan would school all of these new kids. #GOAT”

Hundo P

Hundred percent. Used often when starting a certain statement or agreeing with a motion. Related note: hund or hundo/hunde is a word for dog in many languages, including German. Drop the P to say just 100, which is often used when speaking about money.

Example: “You’re sure about this?” “Hundo p.”

LB

Like back, and sometimes follow back (FB). This shorthand started in social media platforms with comment sections, as users would like the post their comment was appearing on, and ask/request/beg for a like in return. Some may see it as useless fluff, but others may see it as scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours.

Example: “Your makeup is snatched in this vid. LB for a fellow artist!”

Salty

Upset or bitter, often after a loss. Although this term was first used as early as the 1930’s to mean angry or rageful (before this the word was used often for sailors to identify how tough or hardened the saltwater abroad had made them), the word as seen a resurgence in streaming culture, especially in relation to video game streams. Viewers of popular streams will flock to point out how irritated someone seems after a particularly hard upset and the term salty fits perfectly.

Example: “He’s going to be salty after so much bad luck.”

Sis

Short for sister; used in place of bro. Any slanger knows how faux pas bro has become, and a way address others with authority now is sis. Handle with care, as some cannot handle being compared to the fairer sex, even if it’s just shorthand.

Example: “What up, sis?” or “Let me handle that for you, sis.”

Stan

A very dedicated, to a fault, fan or admirer. Occasionally we see the origin of a word long before it explodes into commonly used slang, and that’s the case here. Eminem’s Stan, released in 2000, features an overzealous fanatic who is obsessed with the songwriter. The track, featuring Dido, is accompanied by a music video in which the crazed fan (Stan) loses his life due to his fixation.

Example: “Look at all these Stans in line for tickets. They’re not even that good!”

A slang aside: As someone with the name Stan, I can tell you: it’s not so bad.

Suh

Equivalent to “What’s up?”. It is the extremely shortened and lazy way to say it, which we here at Slang.org appreciate. “What’s up, dude?” can be turned into “Suh, dew?” to shave off literally fractions of seconds. The phrase was popularized on Vine videos making fun of stoner culture.

Example: “Suh?” “Nothing. Suh?”

TFW

“That face when” or “that feel when”. Usually tied to an image or GIF and given some context. With this acronym you can have an picture say a thousand words and maybe earn a few laughs. This phrase/meme likely got its start on a German image board similar to 4chan and was first used to lament not having a girlfriend. Nowadays, the term is used to explain feelings from loss, happiness, and beyond.

Example: “TFW someone misuses slang”

 

Woke

Tuned in, aware, and hopefully acting in response to current affairs, especially in politics. The origin of this term is fairly apparent, as it’s a compression of awoken. As with Neo in the Matrix, a woke individual sees through the parlor tricks of complacency, attempts to be inclusive and inflict change on what they perceive to be unjust.

Example: “You hear her speech? Woke.”


That concludes our current year roll call, and as you can see, the internet and social media have a large influence on what we consider slang. Join us next year for what is sure to be thrilling 2018 Slang.org romp.

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British Slang Terms

Ay-up, ladies and gents: it’s time for a British Slang roll-call! Today we’ll be visiting our neighbors across pond the here at Slang.org to give you a deep dive into the countries most enticing jargon. Remember to always show respect and not to do terrible accents (unless you’re quite smashing at it, mate). Below you’ll find terms and their origins; with these we hope you don’t even bat an eye when speaking with an English-man/woman, and perhaps even impress them with your Anglophile skills.

All to Pot

Bungled or ruined; messed up. Based on the phrase “gone to pot”. Long ago, when families would finish a meal, they would save scrape and throw it in the pot to save for later meals, usually stews. This was applied to summarized situations where something was of poor quality or like refuse, thus going to the pot. The phrase can be modified as “all to cock” which is the original slang blended with “cocked up”, which also means shambolic.

Example: “Then everyone left the party and it went all to pot” or “The lift has gone all to cock; maybe we can sell it”.

Argy Bargy

A heated argument or confrontation. The term originates from the nineteenth century as a Scottish phrase. Argle is a modified way to say argue, and over time it became a nonsensical rhyme, which can be quite fun to say aloud.

Example: “Looks like the blokes across the street are having a little bit of an argy bargy.”

Bollocks

Literally testicles, but most often used to express contempt, frustration, or annoyance. The word can also be a response to someone talking nonsense or to call out someone who is lying. The many uses do not stop there though, as one can also “bollocks it”, which means to screw something up. Further uses include:

  • Being tired (“I’m bollocksed”)
  • Being drunk (“We were bollocksed last night”)
  • Being hungover (“Be quiet! She’s bollocksed.”)

On top of the many interpretations, it can be spelled in many ways (bolloxed, bollixed, etc.) and can even be used to express pride or showmanship by appending the word dog (the dog’s bollocks). Clever usage makes this quite the Brit-Army knife of the slang world.

Bugger

British catch-all with profane connotations, including sodomy. The phrase can be used in a myriad of ways and context is everything. The word can be used affectionately tease someone, but also to berate in a more negative tone. The origins of the word are tied to the 13th century Catholic church running a campaign againsts some alleged sexual deviants, using the word as slander. Luckily the word has become more of an all purpose tool. Below are some examples of different uses of this flexible phrase followed by rough translations to give you an idea of its meaning:

“They’re a bugger for footie, aren’t they?” – “They’re really into soccer, huh?”

“Bugger off, mate; we’re having a chat” — “Go away, dude; we’re talking”

“I’m too buggered to go to the pub.” — “I’m too tired to go drink”

A slang aside: A common misconceptions is that King George V’s last words were “Bugger Bognor” (in response to hearing that after he recovered from his illness, they would visit the family resort of Bognor). In actuality his recorded last words were “God damn you.” in response to being given sedative before his doctor intentionally killed him!

Brass Monkey

The full phrase is “cold enough to freeze the balls/tail off a brass monkey”, which is to say it is extremely cold. This one has many origin stories, all seeming plausible, none quite verifiable. We do know that the phrase was popularized around the mid-19th century, and most renowned origination with brass monkeys being containers of some kind for a ship’s cannonballs is false.

Example: “Winter is coming, because it’s brass monkeys out here.”

Chuffed

Delighted or very happy; pleased. Often this word is thrown around in a phrase like “chuffed to bits” or “dead chuffed” to further accentuate the pleasure. Again, context can imply a different emotion though, as chuffed can also mean annoyed or displeased. The root chuff is another British catch all whose origin is similar to “puff” and was used to describe the sound of a steam engine. It’s often used as a more tame way to show excitement or dread in front of young ones.

Example: “My boss was all chuffed about my project; looks like a raise is in my future.”

Hard Cheese

A term for bad or tough luck. This slang has been used since at least the early 19th century and its origin is simple: everyone’s cheese dries out, just like everyone has had some bad luck. Here at Slang.org, we hope to help you from experiencing this bad luck by teaching Brit lingo, so you can look cool and not ask why someone just said “hard cheese” when you broke some awful news.

Example: “Sorry to hear about the break up. Hard cheese, buddy”.

Knees Up

A lively party or dance. The phrase came from a song titled Knees Up, Mother Brown from the early 1900’s. The song was popular in pubs and typically started with the lines:

Knees up Mother Brown
Knees up Mother Brown
Under the table you must go
Ee-aye, Ee-aye, Ee-aye-oh

and typically had a dance associated with it. Definitely a party starter.

Example: “Shall we dance and make this a proper knees up?”

Miffed

Displeased or disgusted, and sometimes extremely so. Onomatopoeic in origin, the word is related to mff, an exclamation for annoyance. It may also relate to the German word muffen, which means to sulk. Miff can also mean a small fight or quarrel.

Example: “Then they came in and talked right over me. I was unbelievably miffed.”

Richard the Third

Cockney rhyming slang for turd. The English king has had a Shakespeare played named after him, and in it, he brags of his amorality and quickly rises to power, only to lose it. It is not hard to see how the association of being a piece of… well, you know, came to be.

Example: “Out of the way! Richard the Third coming through!”

Skive

Evade work or school, shirk responsibilities. Often said as “skiving off”. Playing hooky, being truant, or procrastinating is how we say it across the pond. Many relate this word to the verb skive, which is to cut away material like into strips or slices, but the true origin formed during the first World War. The French word esquiver means to slink away. The word was used by troops to describe avoiding a fight and the British army borrowed the short-hand, adapting it to skive. Another British slang for this activity is wag off, which means to waste time while at work.

Example: “How about I skive off during lunch? We could see a movie.”

Taking the Piss

To mock or ridicule. The origin of this one is related to *ahem* morning wood. It is speculated that being “piss-proud” in the morning would wake men up, and they would have to go urinate. This relief would deflate the *ahem* morning wood, just as someone’s pride would deflate while teasing them. Another form you might hear is “taking the mickey”.

Example: “Oh don’t worry: he’s a tough guy and we were just taking the piss, is all.”

Tosh

Nonsense or rubbish. It is theorized that this word is a blend of the words trash and bosh (the Turkish word bosh means nonsensical talk). An older use of the word was to describe the act of finding valuables from inside the sewers (“The young chaps went toshing, and made quite the profit”). Scotland uses the word to describe something very different: neat, clean, or tidy.

Example: “That film was terrible! Absolute tosh.”

Wanker

Jerk-off, idiot, annoying, poser or generally no good person. Wanking describes the act of *ahem* self stimulation, so a wanker is literally a masterbator, although the word is rarely used to describe the actual act. In the late 19th century, the term whank was used as a bird call in books (“Whank, whank, whank!” the little bird calls). The relation also extends to the word whang, which is a slang for penis. Regardless of its origin, the word has different levels of severity around the globe: the British public ranked it the fourth most severe pejorative in English, while in Australia the word is widely accepted and used on television.

Example: “Don’t be a wanker! Give me a hand here.”


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Marijuana Slang Terms, Part Two

It’s time for more marijuana slang! With all the recent news about cannabis legalization, we want you all equipped with the hip hemp lingo. It appears the part one of the article has made it around the circle, and it’s your turn with the second installment. Remember: read-read-pass, so share this article with another budding smoker (get it?) to fill them in. Below are some common weed related slang words to impress your far-out friends.

Bhang

Originally this term refers to cannabis derived food or drink concoctions, but is now often used to refer to just the flower itself. Budding from the Indian subcontinent, the process of making edible (and often non-psychotropic) dates back to around 2000 B.C. Today, bhang is mostly sold as beverage products.

Example: “We made out with some bhang, so we got a good deal”.

Can

This term refers to approximately one ounce of pot. The term originated Chicago in the 50’s, when dealers would use old, one ounce tobacco cans filled with weed to make deals.

Example: “Give me a can of that good stuff”.

Cross Faded

To be drunk and high at the same time. When one form of inebriation doesn’t cut it, getting cross faded can get you there. Handle with care though, dear reader, the combination can lead to intense sensations.

Example: “I got cross faded at that party last weekend. I’m still spinning”.

Eighth

One eighth ounce of weed (which is about three and half grams). Depending on where you’re located, this can be anywhere from $30, upwards to $60.

Example: “My dealer gave me a great deal on an eighth. Let me give you their number.”

Half

Half of an ounce of weed (which is about 14 grams). This can cost anywhere from $120 to $180, depending on how friendly your area is to the lifestyle. True ballers may use the term to a half pound of weed, but you will for sure see a large price jump at those quantities. Most places will understand you’re talking about half an ounce if you ask for a half.

Example: “We could get a half and split it. It’s a good discount at that quantity”.

Left Handed Cigarette

A joint. Obviously, cigarettes don’t have a preference as to which hand they’re held, and this slang rose up in the 1930’s and 40’s as a slick way to refer to reefer from jive talk.

Example: “I’ll pack a left handed cigarette for the outdoor movie tonight”.

Pull ‘N’ Snap

Hash oil or extract with a very particular consistency, which allows it snap when pulled apart. Concentrates can be made runny or solid, but to get this Goldilocks-like equilibrium takes some serious dedication to the process, and likely points to the smokable’s premium origin.

Example: “…and then we had some pull ‘n’ snap and the party really got started.”

Trim Run

Describes the process of making concentrate with the “leftovers” of the cannabis plant (leaves, stems and the smaller nugs of flower) that come after harvesting the larger buds, which are often referred to as trim. The concentrate often closely resembles the extracts made with more premium parts of the plant, but true ents can tell the difference in the batches. The flip side of a trim run is the nug run, where very desirable parts of the plant are used during extraction.

Example: “We’re doing a trim run now that’ll be done in the next day or so”.

Zip

Another term for one ounce of ganja. The term originates from the commonly used container to deal weed: the zip-lock bag. Not too much imagination went into this one, but we want you to be prepared if your dealer drops this lingo on you.

Examples: “You want one or two zips?” and “My partner had a zip, so yeah, we had a good time”.


In case you missed it, here’s part one of this reefer madness.

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Marijuana Slang Terms, Part One

Pack a bowl, roll a joint and prepare your mind for some Mary Jane related slang. We here at Slang keep a healthy relationship with all herbs and with all the recent news about cannabis legalization, we thought we would explore the vernacular. Now you can finally know what all your stoner friends are saying when you’re passing left at those smoke sessions! Keep reading for part one of a twofer on weed words.

20 Bag

However much weed $20 will buy you. This amount (typically 2 grams or so) can change depending on where you buy it from or the quality of the plant as well. The bag it’s contained in is probably a sandwich bag, but any container will do. It can sometimes be called a 20 sack as well, so don’t let that surprise you during a buy.

Example: “Think I could just get a 20 bag? I get paid next week.”

40 Bag

Similar to the above, a 40 bag is however much ganja $40 will buy (typically 4 grams). Being a convenience culture, bringing two 20 dollar bills to your dealer means no change to count. This can also sometimes be referred to as a 40 sack.

Example: “Pay day! Let’s go get a 40 bag.”

Budder

Extract or concentrate that is particularly potent. The THC level in budder can be around 90%, which dwarfs the usual THC content of flower, which is around a paltry 40%. During the extraction process, only premium buds of weed are used (hence the name) and the yield is a thick, dark hash oil concentrate. This stuff is strong, so make sure you do it with a buddy.

Example: “We should get stoned; got any more of that budder from last weekend?”

Chiefing

Smoking some premium content, and in high volume. The phrase originated from the ceremonial smoking practices of Native American culture, which were usually conducted by the chiefs themselves. This term should only be applied to serious smoke sessions of high grade grass.

Example: “You should come over and join us; we’re just chiefing.”

Dabs

Refers to a usually small dose of cannabis concentrate that is smoked through special devices (dab rigs) to obtain higher highs. Using different methods and solvents, THC and cannabinoids are extracted. The waxy, sticky substance left over is a dab. The practice of smoking dabs is called dabbing, which is often mistaken, comically, with the Atlanta rap inspired dance move that looks like sneezing. We here at Slang assure you that they go hand in hand.

Examples: “My coworker just made some dabs that we could try.” and “We stayed up all night dabbing; it was awesome.”

Ent

Someone who smokes marijuana. The term likely references the ents (you remember the giant tree folk from the Lord of the Rings, right?) and was adopted as the friendly moniker for fellow enthusiasts on the 420-friendly sub-Reddit. The term stoner has some negative connotations nowadays, and ent can be used in public without much ridicule.

Examples: “They’re cool; very much an ent.” and “It was a bunch of ents there, so we all just talked about bud the whole time.”

Lid

One ounce of chronic. Before every dealer or storefront was using high tech scales to measure out weed fairly, people used everything around them. It’s rumored that jar lids off common household containers could store just about an ounce of flower and were used as an ad hoc computational device. Although not common practice now, lid can still be used to request just one oz.

Example: “I got a lid on me, so we could smoke that.”

QP

One quarter pound of pot, which is 4 ounces. This is a fairly hefty amount of weed. The origin is not hard to nail down for this one, but we do not want you guys out there looking confused when you hear this acronym.

Example: “Me and some friends went in for QP; we’re set for awhile.”

Shatter

Highest quality MJ extracts, usually made with butane solvents or CO2 extraction. Extract is laid out in large baking pans and hardens like a sugar candy. It is normally translucent to some degree and is broken (or shattered) into prices which are then sold to smoke.

Example: “I scored some shatter yesterday. Who’s down?”


In case you missed it, here’s part two of this weed word write-up.

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Slang Terms of the 1980’s

From the election of Ronald Reagan to the fall of the Berlin Wall, the 80’s (AKA the Eighties) was an era of popularizing slang. This decade saw the advent of MTV, Valley Girl culture, and TV hits like the Simpsons; of course it’s vernacular was going to explode. Here’s a list of the oddest or most well known terms:

Bag Your Face

Be quiet; shut up; hide your ugly mug. This hurtful term is theorized to have started from Valley Girls who needed another way to tell others to hush. Placing a paper bag with holes in it over one’s face was also to camouflage a less than pleasurable appearance (as popularized by the Unknown Comic in the 70s/80s).

Example: “My crush is coming over later, so either jet or bag your face and don’t embarrass me!”

Bomb Diggity

Awesome; outstanding. A modification of the term “hot diggity dog!” popularized during the 1920’s, combined with “the bomb” (a most excellent thing).

Example: “This burrito is beyond radical, it’s bomb diggity, dude.”

Choice

Good or great; of particular excellence. This word made an explosion during the 80’s as a way to describe something (a band, a t-shirt or anything really) as being correctly chosen. Choice has been used to describe agreement with a option for a very long time, but skateboarder culture took the term and expanded it’s usage.

Examples: “This ramen is choice, dude!” or “What do you think of this jacket? Choice?”

Gag Me With a Spoon

Used to show immense disgust. This one came from Valley Girl culture and originated in the mid-70’s, but only took off as common vernacular during the next decade. Gagging with a spoon or any long object was used to induce vomiting, which is common practice with people who have the emotional disorder bulimia nervosa. Bulimia and anorexia were on the rise during these two decades, and frequently seen in younger people. While the origin is quite dark, the phrase is used with some levity and sarcasm.

Example: “Ugh. They’re going to be at the party? Gag me with a spoon!”

Illin’

Either really great, really terrible, or generally messed up. This one has been heavily debated in the hip hop slang world, and has transitioned from a derogatory (i.e. wack or rude) to a positive compliment (i.e. cool or relaxed). Chopping off the front of “chillin” is another theory of this word’s origin. Context is everything with this term and it shouldn’t be used without some serious know how.

Examples: “This new album is illin’, you have to hear it!” or “That punk was illin’ on me. They better watch themselves.”

Val

Valley girl/boy. The San Fernando Valley culture boom in the 80’s lead to plenty of slang words popping up in “valspeak”. Vals are often thought of shallow or materialistic, but also fun seeking and extroverted. Within their own biosphere, the word was used with admiration to describe a like-minded individual, and could be used positively.

Example: “So many vals go to that school; all were ever going to talk about it shoes and clothes.”


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Slang Terms of the 1970’s

The 1970s, commonly known as the Seventies, was a decade beginning on January 1st, 1970 and ending on December 31st, 1979.

Many historians have increasingly portrayed the 1970s as a “pivot of change” in world history. In the Western world, the social progressive values that began in the 1960s began to grow, including an increased political awareness and economic liberty of women. In a clear contrast with the communitarianism of the 1960s, Americans began to move toward a new attitude of individualism.

Gnarly

Cool; disgusting. Until the 1970s, the word had been used to describe something as “knotted and rugged.” Later, it was popularized by U.S. surf culture to mean something awesome. Example: “That flesh wound is pretty gnarly.”

Gravy

Good; excellent or easy. The original French word grané is thought to have been misread and transcribed as grave, the origin of the word “gravy”. Apart from describing a type of sauce, gravy was first used in 1910 to mean “money easily acquired.” Example: “Everything’s just gravy, my man.”

Here’s the Skinny

“Here’s the lowdown.” Although the origins of the phrase are unknown, there are some theories as to how it came about. From World War II to the 1960s, soldiers would write on long, thin sheets that resembled onion skin, thus being known as the “skinny.” Alternately, it has been speculated that it may be a variation or rephrasing of the phrase “to get to the skin of the issue.” Example: “Here’s the skinny: go in, grab the crab, get out.”

It’s Casual

“It’s okay.”; “don’t worry about it.” To be casual is to not be out of the ordinary, often with nothing unusual, serious or eventful happening, and therefore okay. Example: “Sorry about that.” “No worries, it’s casual.”

Jeepers Creepers

An expression of surprise or annoyance. “Jeepers” is an euphemistic alteration of Jesus. Example: “Jeepers creepers! You shot me!”

Tubular

Awesome; cool. Attributed to surfing culture, apparently from the surfers’ use of “tube” as slang for a hollow, curling wave that is ideal for riding. Example: “That jump was tubular, dude!”


Slang Terms of the 1960’s

The 1960s, commonly known as the Sixties, was a decade beginning on January 1st, 1960 and ending on December 31st, 1969. Although the period officially began in 1960, the “cultural decade” is more loosely defined and is considered to have begun in 1963 with the assassination of John F. Kennedy and ended with the Watergate scandal in 1972.

Also known as the Swinging Sixties, the 1960s was a period of a rise in greater individualism. During this time, the world experienced a fall of social taboos, especially relating to racism and sexism. Several Western nations, including the United States, United Kingdom, France and West Germany began to turn to the political left in the early and mid-1960s. After Kennedy’s assassination in 1963, liberal reforms were passed in the United States under Lyndon B. Johnson, including civil rights for African Americans and healthcare for the poor and elderly.

In the second half of the decade, youth began to rebel against the conservative norms of the time, as well as remove themselves from mainstream liberalism and materialism. This created a “counterculture” that sparked a social revolution throughout much of the Western world, with youth involved in the movement becoming known as hippies. The movement was also marked by the first widespread, socially acceptable use of drugs (including LSD and marijuana) and psychedelic music.

Apeshit

To lose control due to anger or excitement. The word is a combination of “ape” and “shit” and is possibly derived from the tendency of certain primate species to throw feces when extremely agitated or annoyed. Example: “He went apeshit when he saw the state of his car.”

Blitzed

To be drunk, high or generally out of it. The word, shortened from German Blitzkrieg, originally refers to a sudden attack, particularly an air raid (in reference to The Blitz in the United Kingdom). Example: “She came to work completely blitzed yesterday.”

Cats

Used in reference to a person or people. During the 1920s, being a cat was much more preferable to being a dude, which usually meant someone who was dull. The term is thought to be connected to jazz musicians of the era, who were said to possess similar qualities to a cat: resourceful, quick on their feet but with a slightly aloof, languid quality. Example: “See all those cats lined up on the street?”

Cop a Feel

To grope someone, often inappropriately. The term is based on the slang definition of “cop”, which means to steal or take something. Example: “He keeps trying to cop a feel with those tiny hands of his.”

Copacetic

Fine or satisfactory; no problem. The origins of “copacetic” are unknown although there are several guesses as to its etymology.

Stephen Goranson suggests that the author Irving Bacheller invented the word for a fictional character with a private vocabulary in his 1919 book A Man for the Ages. He further proposes that the term later became more widely known after its use in the lyrics of a 1920 song, At the New Jump Steady Ball.

Another theory suggests that the word is derived from the Cajun French coup esètique or coupersètique, which means to be capable of being coped with successfully or to be able to cope with anything and everything. It is also old French slang for “final cut”, meaning the point of no return, associated with the blade of the guillotine. Example: “Everything here is just copacetic.”

Egghead

Often derogatory, a term for an intellectual or studious person. The term reached its peak during the 1950s, when Richard Nixon used it against the Democratic Presidential nominee Adlai Stevenson. The word is an anti-intellectual epithet used to describe people who are considered out of touch with ordinary people or lacking in realism, common sense, sexual interests etc. on account of their intellectual interests. During the 1952 U.S. presidential race, the term “egghead” replaced the more traditional “highbrow” and quickly took on a much sharper tone than the latter. Example: “Those eggheads in Cambridge have no idea what we have to deal with.”

Narc

A tattletale; a snitch. The word “narc” is an abbreviation of “narcotics officer.” During the 1960s, drug use was at an all-time high, with a large majority of youth experimenting with hallucinogens such as LSD. Example: “Don’t be a narc, dude.”

Submarine Races

An euphemism for making out (on the beach). The term most likely originated from a joke to take someone out on a date to watch something that was nonexistent or that would be impossible to see, leaving them with no choice but to find other things to do. Example: “Let me take you out Saturday and we can go watch the submarine races.”

 


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Your internet slang dictionary!

But what exactly is slang? Slang consists of a lexicon of non-standard phrases. Although slang may lessen the amount of text used to convey a message, it does not lessen the implied meaning. Also, slang or internet slang does not necessarily have to be short or even shorter than its implied meaning. In many cases, slang consists of made up words and phrases that you won’t find in the dictionary but have become commonly used and accepted in language. In context, slang can convey anything from a sense of prestige (UT: University of Texas) to a sense of irony (using LOL in response to a serious message).

Beyond all the definitions, how is slang and internet slang used today? SMS (Short Message Service) has made the use of web and tech and internet slang a necessity. From sending a text, adding a tweet on twitter, to posting your status on Facebook; slang has become a part of our daily language. For our purposes, we consider all acronyms and every internet acronym to be slang as well since we want to build the most complete Slang Dictionary on the web!

As the use of technology progresses, so does our desire to quickly convey meaningful messages. The best example of this is our use of abbreviations and acronyms. It is hard to think of a day where you haven’t read TTYL (talk to you later), or OMG (oh my gosh) in a text message. Many sites, apps & programs limit the number of characters you can use when posting or sending a message and so our use of slang, internet slang, acronyms and abbreviations has increased and will continue to increase as the web and smart phones become more ubiquitous.

Developing technologies such as SMS also requires the use of acronyms. As web and tech enthusiasts, here at Slang.org we use terms like CMS (content management system), and HTML(HyperText Markup Language) on a daily basis. Acronyms like this are also very helpful if you are looking to develop a site of your own. That being said; why would we take the time to create a web slang dictionary? Our goal is to compile a complete list of slang, internet slang & commonly used acronyms and abbreviations used throughout the internet. In doing so, we hope to create a one-stop source for all things slang – the ultimate slang dictionary. So take a look through our trending now slang, or even browse by letter! Don’t see the term you are looking for? Suggest it in our suggest slang section.

A note to our viewers: Through routine maintenance and monitoring of our site we do our best to keep offensive terminology out of our content. We do caution, however, that some slang may be offensive to some viewers. Our images are generated randomly using public domain photo archives and are not always screened before being published. Please let us know if there is an image we should replace.