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Dope still means drugs, as well as affirming excellence.
Then, aroundit all changes. Over the centuries it spread its wings.
English in a minute quiz
Dosh was the money required to get that very basic necessity. Quiz of the week: Which Borat slogan did Kazakhstan embrace? We know that it comes out of US regional use, LLets is so far first recorded in It may be no more than the use of nine as a form of mystic. But its origins?
So runs the critique. Your guess, dare I admit, maybe be even better than mine. Usually we can give them, although a surprising are simply playing with standard English.
Take your pick from:A couple of chips short of an order, a butty, a happy meal or even a circuit-board, a few bob short of the pound, a few snags short of a barbie, one brick short of a load, one sandwich short of a picnic, one stop short of East Ham yes, "barking" or two wafers short of a communion. Why do people read slang dictionaries?
As booze and thousands of other terms make clear, this is far from the rule. Not for the spelling, nor the pronunciation. This mix of Jamaican patois, American hip-hop, Cockney classics and the coinages of youthful Londoners has added much to slang's vocabulary.
Ignorance, if not bliss, Letd not impede our use. One thing I've learnt - the more slang changes, to half-inch the well-known phrase, the more slang stays the same. That the former tend to suggest some form of physical ineptitude and latter, sadly, too often boils down to "man hits woman", does not mean there won't be more. We meet the rum cove, an odd or eccentric character, the rum phiz, a deformed face phiz tjis in physiognomyand of course the rum 'un, a dubious individual.
Nang Slang may stay the same but the lexis evolves. The over-riding image is "not all there". It came from Dutch buizen, to drink to excess and beyond that buise, a large drinking vessel and the first examples were spelt bouse.
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But humanity at its most human, absolutely. Yolo - you only live once - was the flavour of the month, even year, not that long ago. My database containswords and phrases and they keep coming.
One can also shake a wicked foot. Modernity lacks the 18th Century's excellent "you are a thief and a murderer: you have killed a baboon and stolen his face" but there is much on offer. There are the pubs, saloons yive bars - the booze barn, -bazaar, -casa, -crib, -t, -mill, -parlour, -factory, -foundry and -emporium.
Standard English laid down such terms as drunk or sexual intercourse centuries ago. Never more so than with those alleged poles of morality, Letd and bad.
Today few slang users worthy of their attitude would be heard using it. Origins - African-American, spread like so much of that slang-filled language via the worldwide success of hip-hop and rap music. There was rum booze, which was good strong beer, there was a rum diver who was a competent pickpocket and a rum doxy who was five pretty girl.
Nang, imported from the Caribbean where it means ostentation or style and rooted in Mende Lts, showing off, is one of the better-known examples. All gone, not to mention forgotten. There is terrible, nasty, awful, mean and hell.
Quiz of the week: which borat slogan did kazakhstan embrace?
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Mass-marketed, he was the idealised stud of Hugh Hefner's "Playboy philosophy", at his incomparable best the taboo-shattering stand-up Lenny Bruce. Dosh, which started life aroundmay come from a mix of "dollar" giev "cash" but the root lies more likely in doss, a sleep, bed or lodging house, itself rooted in Latin's dorsus, the back, on which one rests.