Tag Archives: Slang

Hoorahs and Cat Holes: Slang in the U.S. Armed Forces


The use of slang in the military has been an ongoing tradition for troops worldwide.  It is seemingly almost as vital to the military’s communications as its radios and messengers. The many historic wars that the United States has been engaged in has evolved the slang, or jargon, that its armies use in order to(…)

The Secret Language of the Medical World


Doctors, nurses and various other medical staff: I love them. Not only do they do things I could never dream of being able to do, they also have their very own language. You would probably recognise some of the many abbreviations and slang words designed to avoid constant use of lengthy medical terms. What you(…)

From N00B to 1337: Gamer Talk Dissected


If you’ve ever spent any serious time playing video games, you should be able to translate the title. If not, there’s never been a better time to acclimate yourself with the lingo. Since video games are exponentially evolving in line with Moore’s law, they’re positioned to keep pace with computers and become an increasingly important(…)

Would you Adam and Eve it? An Introduction to Cockney Rhyming Slang


Apples and pears, dog and bone, china plate. You’ve probably heard of London’s famous Cockney rhyming slang, but unless you’re familiar with it, it’s bound to fly right over your loaf.  The Concept The concept is fairly simple: replace a word with another word or phrase that rhymes with it. But to complicate things, the(…)

Flash Mobs and Hopheads Explained: From Slang to the OED


  Addiction. Bedazzled. Eyeball. Fashionable. Swagger. Uncomfortable. These are all perfectly familiar words, right? There’s something else they have in common however – yes, they might have all been associated with Kate Moss at some point in her career, but more importantly, they were all coined for the first time by none other than William(…)

Adorable words

Yesterday I posted about some despicable words – to counterbalance those, here are a couple of adorable terms for you! Word Spy introduces us to Skype Sleep: v. To create a Skype connection with a faraway partner and then fall asleep together. —Skype sleeping pp. Its earliest use is from late 2010, in the Urban(…)