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a little birdie told me

English English speaking countries

Idiom USED On Occasion BY Some people

This idiom is used playfully not to reveal the source of information about something. Usually, however, the source of the information is obvious. Sometimes rendered as 'A little bird told me'

"How did you know it was my birthday?" "Let's just say a little birdie told me!"


Confirmed by 23 people




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buy-cott

English English speaking countries

Word USED On Rare Occasion BY People Opposing Protests

(n.) Going out of your way to buy from a certain brand that has been boycotted.

“I’ve been buying a lot of t-shirts as part of a buy-cott to save a local business from going under”


Confirmed by 7 people




hangry

English English speaking countries

Portmanteau USED On Occasion BY Most People

(adj.) To be angry or irritated because of hunger.

"Can you hurry up? I'm starting to get hangry."


Confirmed by 13 people




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baptism of fire

English English speaking countries

Standard Phrase USED On Occasion BY Most People

Immediately having to cope with a stressful situation in order to improve.

"How was your first driving lesson?" "It was a bit of a baptism of fire but I enjoyed it."


Confirmed by 10 people




to throw someone in at the deep end

English English speaking countries

Standard Phrase USED Frequently BY Most People

(v.) To put someone into a new situation without enough preparation or introduction. Refers to the deep end of a swimming pool.

"They really threw me in at the deep end but I'm getting used to it now."


Confirmed by 13 people




loml

English English speaking countries

Acronym USED On Occasion BY Gen Z'ers

(n.) An acronym for 'love of my life'. Often used on Instagram as a caption for a picture of your partner.

"Look at him. #loml"


Confirmed by 8 people




shrapnel

English English speaking countries

Word USED On Occasion BY Older Generations

(n.) Coins or loose change. Reference to coins being small pieces of metal, like shrapnel.

"Have you got enough shrapnel for the parking meter?"





stan

English English speaking countries

Word USED Frequently BY Gen Z'ers

Can be used as a noun or a verb to describe an obsessive love of a celebrity. Used frequently on Twitter. Originates from Eminem's song 'Stan', which tells the story of one of his obsessive fans.

"She really stans BTS." "She's a big Taylor Swift stan."


Confirmed by 4 people




to yap on

English English speaking countries

Word USED On Occasion BY Almost Everyone

(v.) Used when someone keeps talking on and on, without meaning and without sign of stopping

"And then this happened.." "Stop yapping on and get to the point!"


Confirmed by 7 people




fomo

English English speaking countries

Acronym USED Frequently BY Young People

Stands for Fear of Missing Out.

"I decided to stay in on Friday night but when I saw the pictures the next day I had major fomo."


Confirmed by 9 people




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byob

English English speaking countries

Acronym USED On Occasion BY Most People

Stands for Bring Your Own Beer/Booze. Often found on party invitations or restaurants to indicate that you are welcome to bring your own drinks with you.

"Can we stop at the shop on the way to the party? It's a BYOB kind of thing."


Confirmed by 12 people




to make a mountain out of a molehill

English English speaking countries

Idiom USED On Occasion BY Most People

To make a mountain out of a molehill is to treat a minor problem as something major. Used when somebody is exaggerating.

“I was only 10 minutes late! You’re making a mountain out of a molehill.” “You’re making a mountain out a molehill, you failed one test, it doesn’t mean you’ll fail the whole year”


Confirmed by 2 people




in a pickle

English English speaking countries

Idiom USED On Occasion BY Some People

Means that you are in a difficult position with no easy solution.

"I'm in a bit of a pickle - the deadline is tomorrow and my computer just broke."


Confirmed by 17 people




to carry a torch for someone

English English speaking countries

Idiom USED On Occasion BY Older Generations

To admire or love somebody in secret. Comes from the metaphor of a burning flame, i.e. to keep a fire burning.

"She's always carried a torch for him, maybe they'll get back together one day."


Confirmed by 7 people




humblebrag

English English speaking countries

Portmanteau USED On Occasion BY Millenials

(n.) A modest or self-deprecating statement that has the actual intention of drawing attention to something the speaker is proud of.

"He was complaining about having too many job offers to choose from." "What a humblebrag!"


Confirmed by 9 people