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2012-12-02 08:22:19 AM
Yeah...no thanks. Most of those are lame, and will most likely be short-lived.
 
2012-12-02 08:47:44 AM
The scathenfrith is amusing to me. Behaps there is a chance that our language wont go the way of Idiocracy.
 
2012-12-02 09:08:49 AM
"I believe you'd get your ass kicked saying something like that."

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2012-12-02 10:27:14 AM
I'm not going to use anything that is less efficient than what I use unless it is for effect.
 
2012-12-02 10:28:52 AM
I know it's a living language and new words are made up all the time but they don't have to be so obnoxious.
 
2012-12-02 11:10:58 AM
FTFA: Pang-wangle: To go along cheerfully in spite of minor misfortunes.

Wang-pangle: To get one's penis caught in one's tangled pants while taking them off in a hurry.

/In a lot of ways, they share a definition
 
2012-12-02 11:13:06 AM
If anyone actually learned or used those words, I hope they got a severe ass-beating for doing so.
 
2012-12-02 11:34:57 AM
12. Get the mitten: To be rejected.

That's not... that's not referring to what I think it's referring to, is it?
 
2012-12-02 11:39:27 AM
On a toot: A drunken spree.

They included that one so my grandfather would feel hip.
 
2012-12-02 11:41:03 AM
I'm pretty sure this is the least intelligent article I've encountered from Mental Floss.
 
2012-12-02 11:42:52 AM
I've not heard of any of those before reading the page, and I somehow feel less intelligent for having learned them now.
 
2012-12-02 11:49:57 AM
Get rid of the mitten: November rejection
 
2012-12-02 11:50:06 AM
8 and 9. Schlemiel and Schlimazel (Yiddish)

Aren't those the guys who work at hasenpfeffer incorpoated?
 
2012-12-02 11:51:28 AM

Dead for Tax Reasons: 8 and 9. Schlemiel and Schlimazel (Yiddish)

Aren't those the guys who work at hasenpfeffer incorpoated?


Only one of them is a guy. The other is a cute brunette.
 
2012-12-02 11:52:53 AM
I've only ever heard of 8, 9, & 20. I'd only use 8 & 9 if I was singing the Laverne & Shirley theme - which I never do.
 
2012-12-02 11:53:51 AM

Dead for Tax Reasons: 8 and 9. Schlemiel and Schlimazel (Yiddish)

Aren't those the guys who work at hasenpfeffer incorpoated?


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2012-12-02 12:01:27 PM
Never heard any of those and wish I'd never read that list. That was completely farking stupid.
 
2012-12-02 12:04:43 PM
Most of those have an onion tied to belt feel.
 
2012-12-02 12:04:53 PM
I dunno, I am kinda digging "douse the Edisons". Sounds like some old-timey Sci-fi phrase.
 
2012-12-02 12:07:55 PM
Yeah, it sounds like the writers of Firefly wrote a lot of these.

This article smacks of trying to make "fetch" happen.
 
2012-12-02 12:11:06 PM

Dead for Tax Reasons: 8 and 9. Schlemiel and Schlimazel (Yiddish)

Aren't those the guys who work at hasenpfeffer incorpoated?


Actually that list is incomplete. It leaves out "nebbish," the sad sack peon.

"The shlemiel spills soup on the schlimazel and the nebbish has to clean it up."
 
2012-12-02 12:20:36 PM
12 is very relevant this year.
 
2012-12-02 12:21:11 PM

clambam: Dead for Tax Reasons: 8 and 9. Schlemiel and Schlimazel (Yiddish)

Aren't those the guys who work at hasenpfeffer incorpoated?

Actually that list is incomplete. It leaves out "nebbish," the sad sack peon.

"The shlemiel spills soup on the schlimazel and the nebbish has to clean it up."


See "klutz".
 
2012-12-02 12:21:59 PM

Raw_fishFood: I dunno, I am kinda digging "douse the Edisons". Sounds like some old-timey Sci-fi phrase.


It sounds like something a douchy steampunk would say as you're both leaving the house.
 
2012-12-02 12:25:28 PM
Proud to say I don't hang around anyone that uses any of these words. If they did that would be an automatic cock punch.

/this is the first I've heard any of them, so going to say it's bullshiat that the author pulled from his ass to get his boss off his back about not having something to post
 
2012-12-02 12:26:47 PM
I like googleganer
 
2012-12-02 12:30:22 PM
"Alcoholiday" isn't too bad. Provides a drinking equivalent to the "green day".
 
2012-12-02 12:31:21 PM
2012? More like 1921.
 
2012-12-02 12:35:02 PM
I learned nuttier than a squirrel turd from a woman who was nuttier than a squirrel turd.
 
2012-12-02 12:35:55 PM
Wet sock: A limp, flaccid handshake

Uh...
 
2012-12-02 12:45:21 PM
"Douse the Edisons" sounds like something straight out of a noir flick. "So I said to the dame with that just wouldn't quit, "Why don't you put away that bean shooter, douse the Edisons and we'll jaw about this over a cup of joe?"
 
2012-12-02 12:46:48 PM

Arachnophobe: "Douse the Edisons" sounds like something straight out of a noir flick. "So I said to the dame with that just wouldn't quit, "Why don't you put away that bean shooter, douse the Edisons and we'll jaw about this over a cup of joe?"


'with the gams that just wouldn't quit'. FTFM.

/preview is your friend
 
2012-12-02 12:54:06 PM

Wasilla Hillbilly: I'm pretty sure this is the least intelligent article I've encountered from Mental Floss.


They just cribbed from sniglets?
 
2012-12-02 12:57:14 PM
25 new words and phrases we all learned in 2012. Now try shoehorning a few of those into your daily conversation

"We all" didn't learn anything. Now get off my lawn. The secret of changing language is that certain words and phrases catch on, not that some douchey blogger makes up new words and then tries to force them down our throats. That shiat goes over like pictures of dead babies on pianos.
 
2012-12-02 12:57:20 PM

Arachnophobe: "Douse the Edisons" sounds like something straight out of a noir flick. "So I said to the dame with that just wouldn't quit, "Why don't you put away that bean shooter, douse the Edisons and we'll jaw about this over a cup of joe?"


Sounds more like the cockney speech from a Guy Ritchie movie.
 
2012-12-02 01:09:34 PM
Seems no one read this:

"In 2012, we invested in dictionaries. Old dictionaries. Slang dictionaries, mostly, and often we didn't have to invest much. What we spent at yard sales and used book stores was well worth it, and we've been shoehorning great terms like these into office conversations all year."

before reading the list.

But seriously? Alcholiday? Yeah, I'm using that one.
 
2012-12-02 01:29:22 PM
How did they miss Butt Chugging? I work that into all sorts of conversations.
 
2012-12-02 01:39:14 PM
I'm just glad they finally have a term for those dirty lying scandinavians.
 
2012-12-02 01:44:22 PM
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2012-12-02 02:01:51 PM
My grandmother used to say 'on a toot' to mean, wait for it, get drunk. Considering her age I'm guessing she heard it as a teenager in the roaring 20s.

The rest of them? meh. Alcoholiday has potential, the rest will never happen.
 
2012-12-02 02:06:45 PM
I dunno, I like "douse the Edisons" and "know your groceries."
 
2012-12-02 02:15:56 PM
'Douse the Edisons' is as stupid as saying 'unplug your campfire'.
 
2012-12-02 03:07:58 PM

St_Francis_P: Yeah...no thanks. Most of those are lame, and will most likely be short-lived.


Too British; didn't read.
 
2012-12-02 03:43:51 PM
I have never heard any of these words used. Thank god. However, I do think Alcoholiday will make its way into my vocabulary.
 
2012-12-02 03:59:22 PM

overzelus: "Alcoholiday" isn't too bad. Provides a drinking equivalent to the "green day".


Snotnose: The rest of them? meh. Alcoholiday has potential, the rest will never happen.


There are plenty of songs about alcoholidays, even before we had the word.
For example.
 
2012-12-02 03:59:42 PM
The Meaning of Liff---most of these books that give new meanings to old words are pretty poor, but this was one of the best if not the best. It gives new meaning to place names, mostly in the UK.
 
2012-12-02 04:12:21 PM

skepticultist: Raw_fishFood: I dunno, I am kinda digging "douse the Edisons". Sounds like some old-timey Sci-fi phrase.

It sounds like something a douchy steampunk would say as you're both leaving the house.


No, the douche uses "douse the Edisons" to remind you to put on your sunglasses so you won't be recognized by the cops, paparazzi, etc.

I can imagine this phrase originating in a Film Noir or Wartime setting as well as SF: "Douse the Edisons, Mac. We don't want to give away our position."

It's a good old hard-boiled, red-blooded American kind of slang. I think it might be a keeper.

Sadly, the Scandenavians are such an honest lot of people that even with James Joyce behind it, "Scandiknavery" has been slow to catch on. I suggest we use it for the kind of innocent, good clean fun-type knavery that sweet dumbass blond(e)s get up to as boys and girls.

"Watch Jake the Dog and his boy, Finn the Human, get up to all kinds of Scandiknavery in Adventure Time."
 
2012-12-02 04:39:18 PM
I have mixed feelings about this list. Two of the most extreme:

18. Spesenritter (German): Someone who shows off by paying the bill on the company's expense account. Literally, an expense knight.

Awesome. This word is sorely needed in English; I have known guys who made a huge deal out of being generous with their expense accounts and would love to have a succinct and demeaning way to label this kind of person.

23. Packesel (German): The person stuck carrying everyone's bags on a trip. Literally, a burro.

Thanks, German, but we have this one covered already. "Pack mule" and "burro" describe the situation quite well and are understood by people who did not waste their time reading this list.
 
2012-12-02 04:48:27 PM

Seth'n'Spectrum: overzelus: "Alcoholiday" isn't too bad. Provides a drinking equivalent to the "green day".

Snotnose: The rest of them? meh. Alcoholiday has potential, the rest will never happen.

There are plenty of songs about alcoholidays, even before we had the word.
For example.


I've heard it for at least a few years while I was hanging out with bar buddies on days like Thanksgiving and Christmas
 
2012-12-02 06:06:14 PM

Unoriginal_Username: /this is the first I've heard any of them, so going to say it's bullshiat that the author pulled from his ass to get his boss off his back about not having something to post


This.
 
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