Axe: Noun. Long-handled tool having a heavy blade at one end, used
for example to chop wood. Verb. To cut, chop. Colloq: to be fired, dismissed, as in
"He/she was axed."
Axed: Colloquial pronunciation of the verb "ask" or
"asked". As in 'Let me axe you a question.' Frequently used by
government G.S. 4 secretaries, as in "Let me axe him if he is available to take a
call." The term sometimes appears in ebonics dictionaries.
Slang for hit or strike; comic book usage: sound made when one is hit, as in
Acronym for Black American Princess, denoting a black female with an attitude. Often
seen on license plates.
Verb. To divide or split, typically into two equal parts.
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(a) Noun. Female dog; (b) Verb. To complain.
Uncomplimentary term referring to human female who is perceived as irritable, angry, or
cranky. Usually used by human males in derogatory fashion.
(as in 'black as tar', or 'black as night'). Denotes the absence of color or light;
denotes high degree of darkness.
Refers to persons of dark complexion, perhaps of African descent. Only offensive if
used with certain modifiers.
Person who makes stupid decisions or comes to inexplicable conclusions; of diminished
mental capacity; (syn.) dummy; idiot; Bill Clinton.
A single breast, usually part of a more or less matched set, generally in reference to the
female anatomy, although my Cousin Buck has a nice pair.
(a) Noun. Male deer; (b) Verb. To fight or resist; (c) Verb. To be in opposition
to; (d) Verb. To jump around; (d) Proper Noun. The name of your least-favorite cousin
from a rural area; (e) Noun. Slang for dollar.
Black male, especially a young black male. Not complimentary.
(a) Noun. British, meaning "male" or "fellow".
American equivalent is "guy"; (b) Noun. American Western, meaning
protective leggings made of durable material, typically leather; usually plural, as in
"chaps"; (c) Verb or Noun. Meaning to become dry, or to be dry, as in
(a) Uncomplimentary shorthand for 'Japanese'; (b) Acronym for "Jewish American
Princess", female of Jewish descent with an attitude.
(a) Noun. Visible collection of water vapor and crystals in the sky. Having
the appearance of white, fluffy; (b) Verb. To obscure, cover up, obfuscate, or make
unclear, as in "cloud the issue" (technique frequently used by Bill Clinton).
White person (seen from black perspective); somewhat derogatory. Having no color.
Similar to the term "white bread".
Burning: Describes stoves, furnaces, steam engines and other heat
producing devices which use coal as the fuel.
Burner: White person, typically female, who prefers to date blacks,
typically male. Not especially complimentary.
Short for 'raccoon', a small, dexterous and mischievous mammal. The white American
icon Davy Crockett wore a cap made from the skin of this creature, as in 'Coon skin cap'.
Very derogatory term for black person. Equivalent to using the "N"
word, and likely to get you in just as much trouble.
Coonass (Coon Ass): Term used in reference to descendants of
French-speaking Louisianans, or Cajuns. Some Cajuns use it with pride and find it
inoffensive, while others consider it an ethnic slur.
(a) Small, crisp biscuit-like food item, typically a snack item; (b) One who cracks, as in
Derogatory reference to whites, typically conservative southerners who are still
fighting the Civil War; term may or may not connote a belief in segregation or slavery.
Used mostly by blacks and by liberal, white northerners.
Bright, fluorescent color, generally an unnatural hue (term is probably
Person of Italian descent. Derogatory only if used by non-Italians.
Wall or dam designed to impede or contain flow of water or other liquid. Any
material or construct designed to impede the flow of some other material or construct.
/ Dyke: Person of female persuasion who prefers other females; also
known as female homosexual or lesbian. Derogatory only if used by non-dikes.
Slang meaning cigarette. Popular in the greaser '50s before acquiring other
Faggot: Derisive term for homosexual men. May be used
inoffensively or jokingly only by homosexuals.
Mythical humanoid creature, usually of benign or good intentions; may have wings
and possess magical powers. Old English "Faery".
Boat, barge or raft used for transport of persons, vehicles, and/or fairies over bodies of
water, eg., the Staten Island Ferry.
Derisive term for homosexual men. (Alt.) to act in an effeminate or
unmasculine manner. Not typically used to refer to female persons, even if they do
Eater: One who eats fish.
Eater: Synonym for a Catholic. The term refers to the old
Catholic tradition of not eating red meat on Fridays. Catholics atoned for their
many sins by eating fish which contain high levels of mercury. The practice of
eating mecury-laden fish was discontinued after the Pope noticed the number of Catholics
Homosexual, either gender, although the term is most often used to refer to male
Maneuver: Method of dislodging airway obstruction from a person
choking on, for example, aspirated chunks of food.
/ Himy / Heimy: Individual of Jewish descent. Not complimentary.
Sapiens: Latin for "human kind" or, in a more sexist vein,
"man kind"; human race.
Individual who prefers same-sex partners. Typically used in derogatory
fashion; most often used in reference to male behavior.
(a) Verb. To activate the horn on one's car; (b) Verb. To squeeze or grab; (c) Verb. To
blow one's nose; (d) Honkee, noun. One who is honked, one who has been
Derisive term for "white person", as used by blacks.
(a) Device made of paper, plastic, or other lightweight covering material, which is
tethered to string, which catches wind and floats above the earth; (b) To write checks
without sufficient funds, hoping that you will be able to make a deposit in time to cover
the check before it clears (illegal).
Kyke: Person of Jewish ancestry; Jew; Person of the Jewish faith.
A predigestive processing of food by chewing it while mixing it with the enzymes in one's
saliva prior to swallowing. Yum!
(Modern) - To achieve sexual release by oneself. Autoeroticism.
(Biblical) - Onanism, the Sin of Onan, after the Biblical
figure Onan Sharif, who spent a lot of time alone in Russia.
(Agricultural-Biblical) - To spill one's seed.
(Catholic) - Very, very, very, very bad.
(Jewish) - What you do after you're married.
Shorthand for 'microphone' or 'mike'. Used by TV, radio, audio engineers,
technicians and musicians. Pronounced "mick" or "mike".
(a) Derogatory term for person of Irish descent; (b) Aging British rock star with
obscenely big lips.
(a) Verb. To sleep, generally as in to take a short period of sleeping, napping; (b)
Noun. The pile on a rug, as in "the nap on this rug is 1 inch
Meaning tight, curly hair. Generally associated with persons of color,
particularly those of black or African descent. Not particularly derogatory; often
used by blacks to refer to hair type. Often used by black mothers when admonishing
their children, as in "Bring your nappy head in here right now!" White
school teachers, however, must not use this word.
Snackers: (a) Persons who like to snack on 'natural' or 'organic'
foods; (b) Persons who are inclined to snack.
Snappers: Also "Fish Eaters"; persons of particular
European descent and/or religious affiliations, particularly Catholic and/or Irish
/ Niggling: Attention to detail in the extreme; fussing about
(a) Oppressed individual usually cast as a powerless scapegoat, regardless of race; (b)
Very derogatory term for a person of black or African heritage.
(a) Unnecessarily refers to one's skin color or ancestry, as in "You can / cannot
have this job because of your race" (as typically used in Affirmative Action); (b)
Contest of speed, as in auto race or foot race; (c) To go fast, to compete.
The most politically abused word of this decade. Particularly offensive when
employers and the government demand that you list yours.
Food dish made with boiled cabbage.
Not-very-nice word for a person of German descent. Used frequently in old war
(a) Noun. Trowel-like garden implement or small shovel used for turning or 'spading' the
surface of the ground; (b) Noun. One of four suits in a deck of cards; (c) Verb. To turn
the soil, to turn over the soil.
Spay / Spayed: Verb. To neuter or render
infertile, as in "I had my cat spayed". To remove or render ineffective an
animal's reproductive organs.
Black person, especially a male. Not a compliment.
|Red Neck: What you get when you stand around in the sun
wearing a shirt with your neck exposed; sunburn.
- Medical Definition: An alert
reader sent us the following entry:
"Your derogatory explanation is shallow and
superficial. The history of the term originates in the South. In the days when corn grits
was the staple of many poor whites. Eating corn that was not soaked in lime water, like
the masa of the Mexicans, caused a niacin deficiency called Pellagra with the obvious
symptoms of turning your neck and hands red. Hence the term Redneck to describe a poor
white Southerner such as from Georgia where the disease was endemic."
The reader is correct, and Wikipedia has an
excellent description of this disease and its causes at the following link:
actor, one who pursues an interest in acting.
||Sounds vaguely like 'lesbian', if
you're hard of hearing or didn't finish high school.
Jew: A plant, generally a viny house plant known for its prolific
production of vines and creepers.
Jew: Lost or aimless person of the Jewish faith; confused
Jew. Similar in many ways to a Wandering Catholic.
(Biblical) - Followers of Moses, especially in dry, arid
terrain featuring lots of sand.
See also the Complete
Religious History of the Term Wandering Jew
Member of a professional baseball team. (Alt.) One who has been yanked.
Southerner's term for those of us who speak normal English.
[A Southerner, offended by the above, emailed us the
following: "Yankee is the term for any one born outside of the south.
Check the facts, the english spoken in the south is closest to "The King's
(Queen's) English" -- a reader].
Buffalo: Um, you know, water buffalo.
Buffalo: This is an allegedly racially offensive term we'd never
heard before! In 1993, the University of Pennsylvania campus was thrown into a
racial uproar when freshman Eden Jacobowitz yelled at a bunch of noisy black students
outside his dorm window "shut up, you water buffalo!" University officials
calmed down the campus by filing racial harassment charges against Jacobowitz. Water
buffalo? Have any of you heard that one before?
Buffalo" Reader Feedback:
12-04-03 -- An alert reader named Shawniece
offered the following possible explanation:
During the 18th and 19th centuries, Native Americans (American Indians) reportedly
referred to black American soldiers as "Buffalo Soldiers" because their hair
texture (nappy, woolly) reminded them of water buffalo (who have nappy, woolly fur).
Reader Shawniece went on to suggest that the Bob Marley song "Buffalo
Soldier" was written about this very topic.
04-06-04 -- Another alert reader
emailed Adversity.Net with the following insight about "water buffalo" and
Regarding your explanation of why buffalo soldiers were called that, American Indians did
not have water buffalo. Water buffalo live in SE Asia, Phillipines and Egypt.
However, the reason the Buffalo
Soldiers were called that is:
"The buffalo was a sacred
animal to the Native Americans. Not only did it provide food,clothing, tools, and weapons,
but it was the staff of life for the them. Hunting the great creature took a spiritual act
of great courage. The buffalo was hardy, almost indestructible, and fearless. Native
American warriors began calling the men of the Black Cavalry units "Buffalo
Soldiers" because of the likeness in appearance to the buffalo and as a term of
respect. After engaging the Black men in campaign and battle, the Native Americans called
them "Buffalo Soldiers" out of respect for their fierceness, toughness, and
tenacity on the battlefield ... traits that reminded them of the buffalo." [Courtesy
of the 9th and 10th Cavalry Association.]
It's not an insult and the
professor was probably just calling them loud and unruly. Like a stampede of any form of
07-10-04 -- Yet another
alert reader emailed Adversity.Net with the following insight about what actually happened
at UPenn that night:
Having graduated from UPenn and having been acqainted with Eden [Jacobowitz, student], he
said that he was translating from Hebrew a certain word that had connotations like
"Bull in a china shop."
Having been there (the High Rise South dorm) when this incident happened, the noisy
students were "stepping" which is a visually and aurally interesting cultural
phenomenon performed by students wishing to enter historically black greek houses. The men
tended to do it in private or on stage. The women tended to do it during finals week at
night in front of the dorms when people are studying.
Many people yelled things a lot worse than Water Buffalo. [The ritual] involves stomping
on the ground in heavy boots and clapping and shouting, which echo like a WWII battle in
that area of UPenn.
-- Who'd a thunk?!
Boy: A prebuscent Caucasian male.
||White Boy: This is an offensive term used by
blacks to diminish, denigrate, or vilify white males regardless of their age. It is
a racial slur against white males.
The term "White Boy" is the black equivalent of a white person
calling a black person "boy". "White Boy" is offensive in the
extreme, and strongly implies servitude, low status, laziness, and/or incompetence.
Bread: (a) Noun. Doughy, tasteless sliced bread made with
bleached wheat flour. It is so completely devoid of nutritional value that it has to be
artificially "enriched" with vitamins. (b) Adj. Plain, boring,
ordinary, without texture.
Derogatory term for white people, most often invoked by blacks. In this context, it
means a person who is plain, boring, ordinary, without color or texture (or rhythm!).