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    #11

    Re: old slang : fan

    I believe a contradiction in terns is a flock of sea birds.

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    #12

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    That sounds like an all-purpose variation on man to me. This thread is the first time I have come across the usage, though.
    Rather than slang, perhaps it is better to describe this as an affectation of the character in question.

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    #13

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    Good point, Mrfatso.

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    #14

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    Odds bodkins indeed, with apologies to whomever I stole this reply from.

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    #15

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Well, maybe there's a word for that, but "old slang" seems to be a contradiction in terns.
    Not at all. Please refer to our old Iceberg Slim threads. Outdated slang is a translator's nightmare, even for a translator from English to English, a phenomenon that I have previously documented.

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    #16

    Re: old slang : fan

    Fan is short for fanatic. A fan is a follower, an enthusiast, a supporter.

    Slang does go out of fashion, but fan is not slang.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #17

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    Hi -- I just joined, so I don't know my way around well. I am interested in idioms, or slang; particularly in origins of same. Many slang terms, or idioms, get embedded in the language so securely that everybody knows what they mean but hardly anyone can explain their origins. I notice in the dictionary that many posts do not refer to origins. Is there any way to offer supplemental information about an existing post?

    Thanks

    Peter

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    #18

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    @pwilling
    You might find this site helpful for the meanings and origins of idioms.
    http://www.phrases.org.uk/

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