Special Sub-Topic: Slangin' Hash
|Josh asked Donna not to call him dumb anymore in front of his other friends. What was Donna saying that Josh was?|
Stupid or mentally slow. "Dumb" is an adjective Donna used to describe Josh. The word became popular back in 1823. The word 'dumb' comes from the Pennsylvania German word 'dumm'.
|Lynette told Tom that their dog was circling the drain. Did Lynette mean their dog was getting a bath? |
n. 'Circle the drain' is a verb phrase meaning approaching death. It was mainly used in the 1980s by medical personnel and police.
|When Phyllis wasn't able to get a word in edgewise, she informed Sharon that her friend was suffering from verbal diarrhea. What is verbal diarrhea?|
Constant talking. Verbal diarrhea is another way of saying someone talks too much. The term 'diarrhea of the mouth' can also be used. It is a noun phrase that got its start in the early 1940s.
|Daphne told Frasier that his half-baked scheme to get a woman wasn't going to work. What does the slang term 'half-baked' mean? |
Foolish. The term 'half-baked' became a popular term in 1621. The word means foolish, ill-conceived, or not completely thought out.
|When the police found the burglar in the middle of a theft, they put the squeeze on him to find his partner. What does 'put the squeeze on' mean?|
To apply heavy pressure. To 'put the squeeze on' means to put under heavy pressure, usually psychological. The term became popular in 1941.
|When Mark walked in on Izzie in front of the stove and asked her what she was doing, Izzie replied, "I'm doing the same old same old". What did Izzie mean by 'same old same old'?|
The things she usually does. The term 'same old same old' is a noun phrase which means that someone is doing the same thing that they always do - nothing new or interesting. It's normally used with a resigned tone of voice.
|When Monica was having trouble getting a jar open, Chandler did it as easy as pie. What does 'easy as pie' mean?|
Easily. 'Easy as pie' can be used as an adjective phrase or an adverb phrase. The term took hold in the early 1920s.
|Fiona told Michael that the scuttlebutt around the marina was that he was going to get his job back. 'Scuttlebutt' is slang for what? |
Rumors or gossip. 'Scuttlebutt' is a noun meaning rumors, gossip, or presumed confidential information. The term started back in 1901 when sailors began using it to describe talking around a drinking fountain.
|Roarke referred to the salesman who sold him his new car as a goniff. In what capacity was Roarke referring to the salesman? |
Thief. A 'goniff' is a thief or an unethical salesperson. Goniff is a Yiddish word that means thief.
|Before Kitty became an ad executive, she used to sling hash. What was Kitty's former profession?|
Waitress. 'Sling hash' is a verb phrase referring to the duties of a waitress or waiter. The term began in 1906.
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