Retired English Teacher
"Loser" has been one of the most popular slang terms in contemporary AmE for twenty years or so. As far as I've ever been able to tell, it simply means an uncool person.
Here is a top definition from urbandictionary.com, evidently written by a contented loser.
"A person who has fallen off the social ladder, climbed down the social ladder, jumped off the social ladder, or just never bothered to climb the social ladder in the first place. Upon arrival on the ground, losers begin to befriend fellow groundlings and realize how much fun a person can have when gravity isn’t an issue. It is perfectly acceptable to insult losers, because they have nowhere to fall to and it won’t hurt much."
Last edited by probus; 28-Mar-2011 at 04:16.
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How about jellyfish? Is it a slang term?
The Urban Dictionary says it refers to a man who gets emotionally and mentally dominated by a girl. Is its usage limited to this context?
I have cited urbandictionary.com several times in this forum. That was probably unwise.
Caution: it is an extremely unreliable source especially for people learning ESL.
If you are fluent in English and have a pretty strong suspicion about what a slang expression means urbandictionary might help you decide whether your suspicion was correct, and it might provide some nuances of understanding. In other circumstances students are better off not consulting it. Even as a native speaker I am very often unsure whether to believe urbandictionary.
Sorry, I have no idea about jellyfish. I've never heard it used.
Last edited by freezeframe; 30-Mar-2011 at 00:05.