Slang

Literally

How Dictionary Editors Find Meaning in the Age of Internet Speak

Is it the modern lexicographer’s job to protect the English language, or to document it?
Daniel Crown
10.3.17
Slang

Corncob? Donut? Binch? A Guide to Weird Leftist Internet Slang

The explainer you've all been waiting for.
Eve Peyser
8.22.17
titillations

A Brief History of 'NSFW'

And how arguably the internet’s most influential acronym is changing.
Jessica Brown
8.9.17
Sex

A Complete Dictionary of the Most Bizarre Sex Slang

Know how to swing the dolphin? What about having a bit of summer cabbage?
Zing Tsjeng
6.3.17
Premieres

SLANG's Latest Track is a Nostalgic Ode to Weed-Reek Afternoons

On one hand "What Happened to You" is nostalgic, on the other it looks forward.
Noisey Staff
4.20.17
relationships

What the Word You Use to Describe Your Partner Says About Your Relationship

"Babe", "Better Half", "Hubby", "Squeeze", or the worst: "Partner in Crime".
Angus Harrison
3.12.17
linguistics

Where the Phrase 'Cool Beans' Comes From

How did the chilled legume come to signify a dorky middle ground between "fine" and "great"?
Lauren Oyler
4.22.16
Remembering the Hipster

We Asked an Expert If Hipsters Have Fucked Up the English Language

Hipsters use English. Hipsters ruin everything. Therefore, did hipsters ruin English?
Mike Pearl
12.16.15
Chemsex Week

An Illustrated A to Z of Chemsex

A is for apps, b is for barebacking, and n is for never again.
Patrick Cash, Illustration: Dan Evans
12.2.15
The Prison Issue

Slammer Slang: The A-to-Z of Prison Lingo

A primer on the distinct vocabulary of prison slang to help you out if you ever find yourself a member of the convict class.
Seth Ferranti
10.8.15
Stuff

The Tongue-Twisting History of the Many Euphemisms for Eating Ass

Tongues have been touching butts for as long as humans have had both, but for a long time, there was no word in English for what's commonly called "tossing salad."
Chelsea G. Summers
6.10.15
the hidden language

The Hidden Language of Mall Santas

In order to maintain their carefully manicured illusion, some mall Santas and their elves have to employ code words and slang just to communicate with each other.
Nat Towsen
12.24.14
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