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    Talagrim is offline Junior Member
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    OMG INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT slang. Please help, I'm desperate.

    It's a scene from a TV show episode called the Deuce.

    A girl called Abby is entering a dorm room and a female student tells her:

    A female student: Abby, finally.
    Abby: Studying or getting your heads up?"

    I can't see what it could possibly mean in this context. By the way, people in the room are smoking (weed?) and reading something.

    A male student: Pacing ourselves. A little bit of this, a little bit of that.
    Abby (picking a book off the floor): Have you guys even read this yet?
    A female student (2) We'll just cram our asses off.

    Does this mean that they are going to study all this later or that they are already tired of studying?

    A female student (2) Kind of hungry. Who wants pizza?
    Female student: I'm up for John's.
    Male student: Oh, man, I hate their crust.
    Female student You have a better idea?
    Male student: Yeah, Ray's on Prince.
    Female student: Like you can taste the difference between John's and Ray's.
    Abby: Seriously, you guys are done after the second slice.

    Did she mean slices of pizza or an eighth of an ounce of marihuana that they were suddosedly smoking? What does "done" mean in here?

    Female student (2): Who can cop some speed?

    On the contrary, this seems clear.

    Please, help.
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    Re: OMG INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT slang. Please help, I'm desperate.

    By "heads up" she means they are getting "high" on the marijuana.

    Please ask separate questions in separate threads.
    Last edited by teechar; 14-Sep-2017 at 17:25.

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    Re: OMG INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT slang. Please help, I'm desperate.

    Sorry, I didn't want to spawn lots of threads for my humble person.

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    Re: OMG INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT slang. Please help, I'm desperate.

    I've never heard "getting your heads up" to mean getting high, but I don't really hang out with people who smoke pot.

    Have you actually heard or seen it used?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: OMG INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT slang. Please help, I'm desperate.

    Quote Originally Posted by Talagrim View Post
    A female student (2) We'll just cram our asses off.

    Does this mean that they are going to study all this later or that they are already tired of studying? I understand it to mean that she plans to study intensively at the last minute.
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    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: OMG INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT slang. Please help, I'm desperate.

    I've never heard "getting your heads up" to mean getting high, but I don't really hang out with people who smoke pot.

    Have you actually heard or seen it used?
    No, but this show is set in 1971 in New York City. It was understandable from the context what was meant. She was directing the question to someone who was at that very moment taking a hit off a joint.

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    Re: OMG INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT slang. Please help, I'm desperate.

    Talagrim, it would have been helpful if you'd told us the date of the show quoted. Slang changes almost from day to day and this stuff is over 45 years old. Why are you so desperate to decipher it after all these years?

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    Re: OMG INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT slang. Please help, I'm desperate.

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    No, but this show is set in 1971 in New York City. It was understandable from the context what was meant. She was directing the question to someone who was at that very moment taking a hit off a joint.
    I never heard the expression when I was in high school on the west coast at that time.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: OMG INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT slang. Please help, I'm desperate.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Talagrim, it would have been helpful if you'd told us the date of the show quoted. Slang changes almost from day to day and this stuff is over 45 years old. Why are you so desperate to decipher it after all these years?
    The show is brand new, the setting is 70's.

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    Re: OMG INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT slang. Please help, I'm desperate.

    After the second slice clearly means pizza. Nothing to do with weed.

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