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Slang dictionary – Through the ages

By AMY HUANG, junior

When you travel through the halls of JP, you probably catch snippets of various conversations that range in topic from the math test that the entire class “yolo’ed” to so-and-so’s “swag”. As a student living in the 21st century, you probably understand the meaning of these slang words and use them without batting an eyelash. But do you know the meaning of “apple-squire” or “belly-cheater”? Hawkeye has compiled a dictionary with some of the most creative slang words used within the last five centuries for your education and enjoyment.

1500’s – 1800’s
1. apple-squire: a pimp, a person who procures something (usually not apples) in exchange for money
2. belly-cheat: strangely enough, an apron
3. bung: a funny word for a purse or a pocket
4. cackling-farts: surprisingly, this word means egg; perhaps originating from the smell of rotten eggs
5. flump: this word means exactly what it sounds like- a heavy fall
6. grumbletonians: quite fittingly, a group of people discontent with the government
7. Hanktelo: unfortunately for everyone named Hank, this means “fool”
8. light house: a 19th century Rudolph, someone with a very red nose
9. Northumberland: no, not the person- a black eye
10. quiz: this word probably did not strike fear into the hearts of children in the 19th century; it simply means “a strange-looking man”

1900’s – present
11. boogie: a dance move popular during the disco era, an antiquated equivalent to the dougie
12. bodacious: a surfer term meaning “cool”
13.groovy: used excessively in most of the ‘80s movies, yet another word for “cool”
14. stool pigeon: also known as a rat, an informer
15. stoked: another surfer term, indicating excitement
16. square: you’ve probably heard this in the announcements and wondered what it meant; square refers to someone who isn’t “cool”.

Next time you’re talking to your friends, try replacing “cool” with “bodacious” and “pocket” with “bung”. You’ll probably feel ridiculous, but just remember that sometime in the past, people used these words as naturally as we use “pwned” and “noob” today. Who knows? Maybe if enough students try to bring these words back, “stool pigeon” and “grumbletonians” will reemerge in the next generation of slang.

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