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By Barbara Ann Kipfer and Robert L. Chapman

We know language alterations speedily, yet to stick to alongside calls for an old view. Chapman's Dictionary of yank Slang, Fourth version, presents simply what's had to hint the language of at the present time again to its American roots. And make no mistake––this is a dictionary that's basically American, where the place you could hint the improvement of the yankee language, in it is hugely casual structure referred to as "slang." a few could ask: "isn't the language altering so speedy that this booklet is outdated the day on which it really is published?" even though it is right that adjustments to the language, quite slang, ensue speedier and swifter within the digital age, nonetheless there's a position for an authoritative, well-known paintings that retains tune of and compiles the language into an ancient record, as this dictionary does. it truly is actual that language adjustments in a short time; it is only as real that ultra-modern slang could be forgotten the next day to come. In recording the altering language, and checking out what is the following to stick from what is coming and speedy going, the Dictionary of yank Slang serves an invaluable and demanding objective.

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Html backassed modifier In a backward or awkward manner: Why would he attempt that in such a backassed way? backasswards adv ASS BACKWARDS backbencher n An occupant of a rear seat in a legislature; an obscure legislator • Still chiefly British: No one I know of in modern times has gone from being a backbencher to being this much in the center of things in that short a time (1874+ British) backbone n Integrity and courage; fortitude: If you had any backbone, you would deal with him backbreaker n A very difficult job or task; BALL-BUSTER, BITCH, PISSER ( 1900s+) back-burner modifier: a back-burner project v To put a project, idea, suggestion, etc, in reserve: Shall we just back-burner that one?

Html Navy) bagel n A tennis set won 6-0 • The term, said to have been coined by Eddie Gibbs, has spread to other sports, where it often means “zero, zip” [1980s+; fr the shape of a bagel, fr Yiddish beygl, of uncertain origin but attested fr the early 1600s] baggage See EXCESS BAGGAGE bagged adj 1 Drunk (1950s+) 2 Prearranged; FIXED 3 Exhausted; BEAT, POOPED: I’m too bagged to breathe [1940s+; fr the phrase in the bag] See HALF-BAGGED bagger See BROWN BAGGER, DOUBLE-BAGGER, FOUR-BAGGER, ONE-BAGGER, THREE-BAGGER, TWO-BAGGER baggies n 1 A pair of loose-cut boxer-type men’s bathing trunks: girls in bikinis and boys in baggies (1960s+ Surfers) 2 A pair of full trousers with cuffs, resembling those of the 1930s: Then comes a pair of “baggies,” very baggy trousers (1970s+) bag it!

Baby n 1 A wife, girlfriend, or other cherished woman; also, less frequently, a husband, boyfriend, or cherished man: My baby don’t love me no more (1900s+) 2 Any cherished or putatively cherished person • A shortening of earlier warm baby (1900s+) 3 A mean and dangerous man; TOUGH GUY • Babe, “a tough; a rowdy; blackguard,” is attested in the 1860s: I did not want them babies to think they had me under contract (1930s+) 4 A term of address for a man or a woman; BUD, MAC, PAL • In stereotype, much used by showbusiness people: And this is maximum security, baby (1910+) 5 Anything regarded with special affection, admiration, pride, or awe: Those babies’ll turn on a dime/ What we had heard was the firing of those big babies a mile and a half from shore (1900+) 6 A thing referred to, esp something one does not know the name of; GADGET, SUCKER: What’s this baby over here supposed to do?

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