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skdadl
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posted 11 June 2001 03:25 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
A while ago some of us muttered on about buzzwords we really loathe. I was thinking then, though, that every once in a while, groups I'm not really a part of, who sometimes drive me crazy in most ways, come up with buzzwords, slang, or catch-phrases that I'm forced to admire.

I made a modest contribution m'self to putting Cool and groovy in the Hall of Fame. But I have to confess to a sneaking affection for some Valley-girl talk, especially especially

Gaag me with a spoooon!

Others for the ages?


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Dawna Matrix
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posted 11 June 2001 04:23 PM      Profile for Dawna Matrix     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I hate 'It's all good'. I can't stand the phrase, and use it myself. It's hippie-catchy.

List:
Come-fuck-me boots
wicked (flashbacks to grade three)
Super this, mega that, etc...

and the question with no answer -
Why you gotta be like that?


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Jared
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posted 14 June 2001 07:08 PM      Profile for Jared     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
My vocabulary is basically a shotgun wedding between the aforementioned Valley-Girl talk and pretentious big words. This seems to confuse many people, me especially. One that I can't seem to ditch is the word "super" as a prefix (as in "the movie was super-good"), which to me is the linguistic equivilant of an excalamation point. So everything I say ends with "!" just like in Archie comics.
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DrConway
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posted 14 June 2001 07:17 PM      Profile for DrConway     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Jared, we gotta meet sometime. I live in ole Vancouver also, soooooo.

(addition - incidentally, I'm always full of 1950s and 1960s slang. The last person to say "just joshing ya" was likely me. )

[ June 14, 2001: Message edited by: DrConway ]


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audra trower williams
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posted 14 June 2001 08:48 PM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I say "go team!" a lot. I also keep trying to remember to say "butter my ears and call me toasty!" I used to try to get "WWJD" to become an expletive. I'd write things like "What the wwjd is wrong with you!?!"
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Michelle
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posted 14 June 2001 09:57 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Dawna! It's been a long time since I've heard CFMB's! Thanks for the reminder (I think).

Some of my favorites:

"Talk to the HAND!" (with accompanying hand gesture) "...cause the FACE ain't LISTENING" (I don't know why, it just kills me every time I hear it).
From high school, said in a sarcastic, withering tone: "Oh go. You're winning."
"Who da man?" (pointing at myself when I'm particularly proud of something I've done)

My very good friend (who is Jamaican) has two teenage kids. They're teaching my 2 year-old "ebonics", and it's so cute to watch my munchkin copy them. Has anyone heard the phrase "touch the corn" before?

Edited to add another one: "Don't go there."

Audra: WWJD (or WWJS) - HAH! Now THAT is amusing. I guess I'm a bad Baptist for thinking so, but I can't STAND that phrase, it's so smarmy, and usually used by people that I'm pretty sure would do the exact opposite of What Jesus Would Do.

[ June 14, 2001: Message edited by: Michelle ]


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verbatim
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posted 15 June 2001 12:27 AM      Profile for verbatim   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
When I think something is really pathetic I'll call it sad or hurting as in "Man, that Rob Anders is hurting." "That is a sad hairdo, bud." That sort of thing. I have also picked up the habit of placing dude in front of emphatic sentences: "Dude, that is a totally assinine reading of Discipline and Punish!"
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Michelle
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posted 15 June 2001 12:48 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Your "sad hairdo" comment reminded me of another one - when looking at a weird or bad hairstyle, say in a sarcastic tone, "Nice DO."
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Cosmorific
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posted 17 June 2001 05:28 PM      Profile for Cosmorific        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm doing my damnedest to make "What Would Brian Boitano Do?" a household phrase.
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Ven. Jason W. Smith
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posted 17 June 2001 08:18 PM      Profile for Ven. Jason W. Smith     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I've always liked FUBAR'd -- fucked-up beyond all recognition.

The substitution of "unit" for person has been amusing. Parents become "parental units," and people with issues become "hurting units."

I watched The Sting the other night (I think for the eighth or ninth time) and heard the expression "everything's jake" for "everything's fine." My great-aunt Laura used to say that a lot.


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Dawna Matrix
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posted 18 June 2001 01:33 PM      Profile for Dawna Matrix     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Michelle: My brother has a killer recording of an ad for Delta Airlines done in ebonics by a whiter than white morning radio voice.
"I got my seatbelt on, got my coconut on, we fly all over this mofo..." I'll see if I can get him to email it to me, so I can forward it to you. YOU WILL JUST DIE...any one else use that one?
Jumpin' Jesus on a Waterbed, Man!!
Giddyup!

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verbatim
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posted 18 June 2001 01:58 PM      Profile for verbatim   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I sometimes use "everything's Jake" too. Ever since I saw The Sting. I also use AWESOME! way too much in casual conversation.
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Victor Von Mediaboy
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posted 18 June 2001 05:50 PM      Profile for Victor Von Mediaboy   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I like using the word "pants" as a derogatory term. As in, "that movie was totally pants!"

Or, if I'm in a cruder mood, "that movie was a total pant-load."


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Michelle
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posted 18 June 2001 11:17 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Dawna: that would be great - I'd love to get that if you can get it for me. I think my email is accessible from babble, so feel free. (Edited to say that it seems my email isn't accessible from babble - just go to my homepage and you'll get it from there.)

I have another one that I saw for the first time on a BBS when I was 16 - remember way back then, when a 2400 baud modem was REALLY fast? Anyhow, here's the saying: "Oh har."

(to be used to show that you really didn't think something was very funny)

Anyone remember that Cheers episode where Kirstie Alley's character says to Sam in a dead monotone, "Oh baby, oh baby. Do me now." That became big for a while too.

[ June 18, 2001: Message edited by: Michelle ]


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Marc
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posted 21 June 2001 07:54 PM      Profile for Marc     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
These are all SWEEEEET!!!!
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Dawna Matrix
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posted 22 June 2001 12:52 PM      Profile for Dawna Matrix     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Dude, where's my car?
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wagepeace
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posted 22 June 2001 01:41 PM      Profile for wagepeace     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
After 12 years in the army, there is a great deal of slang:


"surefuck" - after shave lotion

"thundering-in"- when your parachute fails to deploy

"lawn dart" - member of the Canadian Airborne Regiment

"black cadillacs" - your combat boots

"APS" - 'aluminum pot syndrome' refers to the alzheimer-like characteristics many older senior non-commisioned officers display due to link between alzheimers and aluminum build-up in the body. They used to eat out of aluminum containers.


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Victor Von Mediaboy
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posted 22 June 2001 01:55 PM      Profile for Victor Von Mediaboy   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
My buddies and I call cologne/aftershave "Whore Lure".
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Michelle
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posted 22 June 2001 02:31 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
How about "Eau de French Whorehouse"? A friend in high school amusingly described his brother's cologne that way to me one day.
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Trisha
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posted 22 June 2001 06:48 PM      Profile for Trisha     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
SNAFU seems to fit an awful lot of life's situations.
I have a friend who says "Cool" a lot in two different ways, pleased or sarcastic.
I'm going to have to pay attention to my use of slang, I don't use too much of it.

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905er
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posted 22 June 2001 08:23 PM      Profile for 905er     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The subversive brilliance of slang is often lost to us native speakers.

My Russian friends knocked themselves out laughing over "get a life."


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Michelle
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posted 22 June 2001 11:43 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
My parents nearly died laughing when they heard this one bit of slang (I was a young teenager at the time). They were listening to an interview of some rock star, and the guy said something about someone "having an attitude." They thought that was the funniest thing ever, and we've been joking about it ever since. It's become such common slang now that no one really notices it, but really, it's quite funny to say someone "has an attitude" (like, so does EVERYONE - the question is, what KIND of attitude).
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