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    Ekaterina enz is offline Newbie
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    Default Please, help me to do a research of American slang

    Write your associations with the following words:
    1. Ace boon coon
    2. Air head
    3. Buddy
    4. Back number
    5. Bagman
    6. Bat
    7. Braniac
    8. Chicken
    9. Cop
    10. Dame
    11. Dumbo
    12. Far out man
    13. Hunky
    14. Iceman
    15. Jack-off
    16. Lamb
    17. Mugger
    18. Nonperson
    19. Paper-pusher
    20. Potatohead
    21. Right guy

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    Default Re: Please, help me to do a research of American slang

    Have you tried looking them up in online dictionaries?



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    Default Re: Please, help me to do a research of American slang

    Have you tried looking them up in a dictionary??

    Urban Dictionary: dumbo

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    Default Re: Please, help me to do a research of American slang

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Have you tried looking them up in a dictionary??

    Urban Dictionary: dumbo
    I know the traslations of these words, but I need the associations with them) I compare in my research work the guess of Russians and native speakers. May be you can write synonyms of the words or how you perceive them? Thank you)

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    Default Re: Please, help me to do a research of American slang

    You need a native American for that.

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    Default Re: Please, help me to do a research of American slang

    Quote Originally Posted by Ekaterina enz View Post
    Write your associations with the following words:
    1. Ace boon coon
    A partner in crime, your very best friend.
    This is mainly an urban, or "ghetto," phrase; for white people to refer to anyone as a "coon" is considered to be very offensive.
    2. Air head
    A stupid person, or a person who is interested only in superficial things, such as the latest clothes and music. Not someone who could discuss politics or current events on an informed basis.
    3. Buddy
    A friend. It may be peculiar to American English, but I've noticed that among females we refer to our close acquaintances as "friends," but all the males I've ever known refer to their close acquaintances as "buddies." I have no explanation for the difference, but 99% of the time when an American male refers to even his very best friend, he'll say "best buddy."
    4. Back number
    No idea, sorry.
    5. Bagman
    A go-between in a criminal activity. One who collects money and delivers it to a higher authority.
    6. Bat
    Depends upon the context, there are several different meanings for "bat."
    7. Braniac
    A very cerebral, intelligent person. (correct spelling is "brainiac") Someone who prefers to spend his or her spare time reading books instead of going out and partying.
    8. Chicken
    Again, different meanings depending upon context. The most obvious slang defintion is someone who is cowardly, one who backs out of a fight when challenged.
    9. Cop
    A law enforcement officer.
    10. Dame
    A woman. Very archaic; most likely to be found in a Mickey Spillane-type novel.
    11. Dumbo
    A stupid person. Or, sometimes, a person with large protrudent ears (like the Disney elephant).
    12. Far out man
    That's very cool. I'm amazed by that fact/situation.
    13. Hunky
    Handsome. "I only paid to see Pirates of the Caribbean because Johnny Depp is so hunky." By the way, "hunky" as an adjective is somewhat passe...
    14. Iceman
    A hired killer/assassin.
    15. Jack-off
    As a noun, a layabout, or goof-off...someone who never focuses on the task at hand. As a verb, it refers to masturbation.
    16. Lamb
    Many very diverse definitions depending upon the context.
    17. Mugger
    A person who accosts and robs you on the street.

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