English United States

to drink the Kool-Aid

Reference USED Frequently BY Almost Everyone

When someone has been persuaded to join a cause due to peer pressure. Meaning a persuasive personality has gotten you to believe in their cause. Usually has a negative connotation. This is a reference to the Jonestown mass suicide of 1978 when a cult leader mixed cyanide in Kool-Aid and had his followers drink it.

“Did you see Sue today?” “Yeah, she really drank the Kool-aid didn’t she?”

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English United States

kek

Sound USED On Occasion BY Millenials

Translation of the acronym "LOL" (laugh out loud) when reading text written by members of the Horde faction as an Alliance player in the online multiplayer game World of Warcraft (WoW). The use of this term spread throughout the rest of the internet during the height of WoW's popularity, used in place of 'lol'.

"This is a funny joke." "kek"

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English United States

SNAFU

Abbreviation USED Frequently BY Military

An acronym that is widely used to stand for the sarcastic expression 'Situation Normal: All Fucked Up'. It is a well-known example of military acronym slang. It means that the situation is bad, but that this is a normal state of affairs. The acronym is believed to have originated in the United States Marine Corps during World War II.

"What's the current situation in there?" "It's a real SNAFU. Everything is literally on fire." "So, same as usual."

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English United States

flip-flop

Slang USED On Occasion BY Almost Everyone

(n.) • (1) No-heel-strap sandal. It is an onomatopoeia of the sound made by the sandals when walking in them. Also known as a 'thong' in Austrailian English. (2) To be indecisive when making a decision; To come to a different conclusion (repeatedly); This is often seen as a negative trait in politics.

(1) "I'm going to the beach." "Don't forget to pack your flip-flops." (2) "First you were pro-gun control. Now you're against it. How can we trust you in office if you keep wanting to flip-flop on the issues?"

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English Southern States, United States

the devil's beating his wife

Expression USED On Occasion BY Older Generations

A phrase that means 'it is raining while not overcast, so the sun is still visible, and it is bright outside despite the rain'.

"Take a look out the window and tell me what the weather's like." "The devil's beating his wife." "Hopefully it'll clear up soon; I forgot my umbrella."

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English English speaking countries

shrapnel

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?"

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English England

dosh

Slang USED On Occasion BY People Under 50

(n.) • Means money, mainly used by middle-aged people who like to think they're 'down with the kids'.

"I've got a hell of a lot of dosh in my wallet."

"I've got a large amount of money in my wallet."

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English London, United Kingdom

a cock and bull story

Idiom USED On Occasion BY Londoners

It means a long-winded story that is nonsense. The literal translation of the expression is from cock or rooster to donkey/ass.

"Some men’s whole delight is to talk of a Cock and Bull over a pot." (the earliest example in print: The Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Burton,1621)

English United States

ride shotgun

Idiom USED On Occasion BY Young People

To ride in the front passenger seat of a vehicle. To ride shotgun is the goal of the game "calling shotgun", where people try to claim this front seat first. Possibly derived from film depictions of stagecoaches, where the person riding next to the driver would carry a shotgun.

"Riley rode shotgun the last time we drove to the park; now, it's my turn!"

Confirmed by 8 people

English Cork, Ireland

allergic

Expression USED Frequently BY Most People

(adj.) • Being allergic means not wanting to do a thing or disliking an activity.

"I'm supposed to paint the fence, and I'm allergic."

Confirmed by 3 people

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English United Kingdom

It’s chucking it down

Expression USED Very frequently BY Most People

An expression used for very heavy rain, or rain that has come on very suddenly.

“Would you look at the rain? It’s chucking it down now!”

Confirmed by 4 people

English | Yorkshire Yorkshire, United Kingdom

siling it down

Slang USED Very frequently BY Everyone

Just a local way in Yorkshire and the North East of England to talk about heavy rainfall.

"It's siling it down out there."

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English United States

legit

Slang USED Very frequently BY Teens

(adj.) • Short for “legitimate”. Used like “cool.” Meaning new, exciting, in fashion, etc.

"Your coat is legit”

Confirmed by 14 people

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English United States

dope

Slang USED Frequently BY Teens

(adj.) • Used the same way as “cool.”

“Did you see my new AirPods?” “Dude! Those are so dope!”

Confirmed by 14 people

English North West England, United Kingdom

sound

Slang USED Very frequently BY Young People

(adj.) • The word 'sound' has two uses and meanings in English slang. The first is as an adjective, to describe a person as cool and/or easy to get on with. The second is as an affirmation, like 'alright' or 'yes, of course'.

"Have you met Josh?" "Yeah, he's well sound." "Is it okay if we get there at about 8pm?" "Yeah, sound, no worries."

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English Lancashire , England

ey up

Expression USED Frequently BY Most People

Commonly used as a greeting.

“Ey up! How’s things?”

Confirmed by 7 people

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English United Kingdom

It's looking a bit black over Bill's mother's

Idiom USED Frequently BY Older Generations

When dark clouds appear on the horizon, signalling that it's about to rain. The "Bill" in question is usually said to be William Shakespeare, but sometimes Kaiser Wilhelm.

"It's looking a bit black over Bill's mother's... I bet it'll rain."

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English Midlands, United Kingdom

round the Wrekin

Expression USED Frequently BY older Midlanders

Slang for going the long way around, based on "the Wrekin", a large hill in east Shropshire, England.

"Sorry I'm late. I got on the wrong bus and it took me round the Wrekin!"

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English Wales

cwtch

Word USED Very frequently BY Almost Everyone

(n.) • A close, Welsh hug.

“Come here and give me a cwtch before you go.”

Confirmed by 3 people

English New York, United States

in the street

Slang USED Very frequently BY ex inmates

It's slang for "in the free world", "out of prison".

"Now that I've been in the street for 7 years, I've accomplished many things."