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What means slammed in this sentence?
Well, my whole next week is slammed.
Maybe that he won't have time, that he will be very busy next week?
I find the Urban Dictionary worthless - anyone can add to it, and many people do just to be idiots. 95% of the meanings I've seen there are not used by anyone I've ever met.
It just means his week is going to be extremely busy, without much free time at all.
I was slammed my last two weeks myself.
This one is so common I don't even consider it slang or jargon.
I agree that anyone can add to it, but that's the case for this forum as well. Does that mean UsingEnglish.com is worthless?
I agree you have to read that dictionary critically, and it might not be an easy task for learners.
If I recall, it was used transitively, but whatever, it was close enough.
Mostly I warn against the Urban Dictionary because no learner can tell what is a valid definition actually in use by real people and what was put in there because someone could make up a definition and put it in.
Don't be deliberately argumentative, please. There is quality control here in this forum. There is NONE in the Urban Dictionary.
And for the record, I am heartily sick and tired of your continued comments about how barbaric the use of English is in the US. Your post about watching American films was lacking only a "God save you, and I hope you know what you're doing, your poor, misguided soul" finish.
Don't bother replying. I have no intention of reading.
There is absolutely no question that there is a lot of American slang in American movies. The words she is putting into my mouth, of course, do not belong there. I have never called American English barbaric (If anyone can find a post in which I have stated anything like this, do not hesitate to post it, and I will apologise). The inference she makes above is entirely unwarranted. I'm disappointed that she would descend to shooting the messenger like this.
I watch American movies myself, I enjoy them, and I have used the Urban Dictionary often with good results. I can repeat, learners, that if you watch contemporary American popular films, you will need to understand a great deal of American slang. This also applies to Australian movies and Australian slang - but we don't make as many movies.
I hope Barb can continue to contribute with the meanings of such American slang terms (or idiomatic terms, if they aren't slang) without descending into personal attacks like this.