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Quand les poules auront des dents*

* When chickens have teeth

French France

Expression USED In the past BY Older Generations

Hyperbolic figure of speech describing something so unlikely it would never happen. French equivalent of "when pigs fly".

"J'espère qu'un jour il réalisera qu'il faut nettoyer sa chambre..." "Ouais, quand les poules auront des dents..."

"I hope he will someday understand he needs to clean his room." "Yeah, when chickens have teeth..."


Confirmed by 10 people




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bec et ongles*

* beak and nails

French France

Expression USED In the past BY Novel authors

It's used to describe a fierce behaviour, specifically when defending someone's belongings or loved ones, like a mother bird would do for her younglings.

"La vieille dame se fit houspiller de part et d'autre au milieu de la foule pour ses propos. Elle se défendit bec et ongles et avait un contre-argument pour chacun des hurlements qui lui étaient proférés."

"The old lady was being harassed from all sides in the middle of the crowd for what she said. She defended tooth and nail and had a counter-argument for anything one yelled at her."


Confirmed by 12 people




cool beans!

English Minnesota, United States

Expression USED In the past BY Almost Everyone

It's a way of saying that something is great.

"See you at my place at 3pm?" "Cool beans!"


Confirmed by 13 people




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#ClapForCarers

English United Kingdom

Hashtag USED In the past BY Most People

Hashtag used to express gratitude for NHS workers during the coronavirus pandemic. Refers to the act of clapping outside your house at 8pm on a Thursday night.

"A special #ClapForCarers will take place at 5pm today as we say happy birthday to our precious NHS."


Confirmed by 10 people




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#YoMeQuedoEnCasa*

* #Iwillstayhome

Spanish Spanish speaking countries

Hashtag USED In the past BY Everyone

Hashtag used during the COVID-19 pandemic to encourage people to follow the quarantine.

"#YoMeQuedoEnCasa ¿y tú?"

"#Iwillstayhome and you?"


Confirmed by 7 people




#iorestoacasa*

* #Iwillstayhome

Italian Italy

Hashtag USED In the past BY Some People

A hashtag created during the coronavirus crisis to encourage people to stay home and to follow social distancing rules.

"Oggi #iorestoacasa e dovreste farlo anche voi!"

"Today #Iwillstayhome and you should do so too!"


Confirmed by 9 people




got the morbs

English United Kingdom

Expression USED In the past BY Victorians in the 1880's

Used to describe temporary melancholia, coined from the word "morbid".

"I've got the morbs walking around this cemetery."


Confirmed by 2 people




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יורם*

* Yoram

Hebrew Israel

Slang USED In the past BY Almost Everyone

A nerd, a dork.

"דוד יושב וקורא סטטיסטיקות של יוטיוב. הוא כזה יורם!"

"David sits and reads YouTube statistics. He's such a Yoram!"





mortal *

* deadly

Spanish Argentina

Expression USED In the past BY Teens

(adj.) Extremely good.

“Ese CD está mortal.”

“That CD is deadly.”


Confirmed by 6 people




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ayoba

Zulu South Africa

Expression USED In the past BY Almost Everyone

Used to express delight or excitement.

"There is a 75% off sale at the mall." "That's ayoba!"





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sall

Romanian Romania and Moldova

Slang USED In the past BY Everyone

Equivalent to the English "hello".

"Sall! Ce mai faci? Demult nu ne-am văzut."

"Hello! How are you? Long time no see."


Confirmed by 2 people




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squire

English United Kingdom

Name USED In the past BY Friends

(n.) Form of address between close (male) friends.

"How you doing, squire?"





cakey tea

English Devon and Cornwall, England

Standard Phrase USED In the past BY Older Generations

(n.) Having a cup of tea with baked goods, usually after lunch. Similar to afternoon tea.

"Come around and we’ll have cakey tea."


Confirmed by 3 people




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sineală

Romanian Moldova

Word USED In the past BY Older Generations

(n.) Blue paint used for dyeing white clothes.

"Am nevoie de sineală. Vreau să vopsesc o pereche de pantaloni."

"I need blue paint. I want to dye a pair of trousers."


Confirmed by 3 people




#DudukRumah

Malay Malaysia

Hashtag USED In the past BY Some People

A hashtag created during the COVID-19 crisis to encourage people to stay at home.

"Day 40 #DudukRumah"

"Day 40 #StayAtHome"


Confirmed by 2 people