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A

"Going To." From Black Vernacular, often seen in conjunction or contraction with I'm. See I'ma, etc.


AAMOF

"As A Matter Of Fact." An internet abbreviation.


Aardvark

"Orycteropus Capensis." An Afrikaans loan, from "aard" = "earth," from the Dutch "aarde" and "vark" = "pig," from the Dutch "varken." "Aarde" is cognate to "earth" and "varde" is cognate to the Anglo-Saxon "fearh" and the Latin "porcus."


Abandominium

"Squat House." This word is usually found around "recovery" circles, being used to refer to abandoned houses occupied by drug addicts. It is formed from "abandoned" tacked onto "condominium."


Abibliophobia

"An Irrational Fear of Running Out of Reading Materials." This word combines the Greek negating "a-" with "biblio-" and "-phobia." See entries for both.


Absurdum

"An Unreasonable or Illogical Conclusion or Condition." A direct loan from Latin. Absurdum is the neuter singular substantif form of "absurdus" = "absurd, senseless, irrational."


Abysinnia

"I'll Be Seeing You." A play on phonetic similarity, after the ancient country of Abyssinia.


A/C., AC

"Air Conditioning." Common in real estate ad terminology and elsewhere.


Acapnotic

"A Non-Smoker." From the Latin and Greek construction "acapnos/akapnos" meaning "without smoke" from the Greek root "kapnos" = "smoke."


Ache

"Pain; Have Pain." "Ache" is the substantif form of the Middle English "ake" and "aken" = "to ache." In Modern English, the "ache" form has taken on both the verb and substantif meanings. The Middle English forms derive from the Anglo-Saxon "acan" = "to ache;" and "æce," "ace" or "ece" = "an ache."


Addy

"Address." Specifically denoting an e-mail address.


Ad Infinitum

"Forever." Direct from Latin, literally meaning "to infinity."


Adipsia

"A Pathological Condition Characterised by Failure to Drink When Body Fluid Levels are Low." From the negating particle "a" added to the Greek root "dipsa" = "thirst."


ADN

"Any Day Now." An internet abbreviation.


Ad Nauseam

"On and On." Direct from Latin, literally meaning "to sickness."


Adonize

"To Beautify, Dandify." Usually used pertaining to males. From the Greek god Adonis, known for his handsomeness. See "-ize."


Adulter

"To Commit Adultery; To Adulterate." This also has an archaic meaning, now relaced by "adulterer," which is the meaning of the Latin word "adulter," from which it is derived. See "adulterer" and "adultery."


Adulterant

"A Substance Used to Adulterate." See "adulterate."


Adulterate

"To Corrupt, Debase, Make Impure, Water Down." It can also take an adjective form, either "Guilty of Adultery" or "Debased by Foreign Admixture." See "adultery."


Adulterer

"A Person Guilty of Adultery." See "adultery."


Adulteress

"A Female Adulterer." See "adulterer" and "adultery."


Adulterine

"An Illegitimate Child; Illegal, Prohibited by Law; Of Or Related To Adultery." See "adultery" and "-ine" 1.


Adultery

"Sexual Congress Between a Married Person and Someone Other Than His or Her Spouse." This has no relation to the word "adult," as is commonly supposed. It derives from the Latin word "adulterium" = "adultery." The word most likely literally means "to alter," connotating defilement or corruption. The root "adulter" and its various forms were introduced to Middle English through Old French or Anglo-Norman, like most Latin forms in English. See "adulterate."


Aegis

"Protection." From the Latin word for "shield." It was also sometimes used for "protection" or "bulwark."


AF

"Asian Female." From single's ad terminology.


AFAIAA

"As Far As I Am Aware." An internet abbreviation.


AFAIAC

"As Far As I Am Concerned." An internet abbreviation.


AFAICR

"As Far As I Can Recall/Remember." An internet abbreviation. See also "AFAIR."


AFAICT

"As Far As I Can Tell." An internet abbreviation.


AFAIK

"As Far As I Know." An internet abbreviation.


AFAIR

"As Far As I Recall/Remember." An internet abbreviation. See also "AFAICR."


AFAIU

"As Far As I Understand." An internet abbreviation. See also "AFAIUI."


AFAIUI

"As Far As I Understand It." An internet abbreviation. See also "AFAIU."


AFK

"Away From Keyboard." An internet abbreviation.


Afro-Saxon

"Black Person that Acts White." A pejorative term used in Black Vernacular. The term combines "Afro" from "African" and "Saxon" from "Anglo-Saxon." C.f. "oreo" and "bonky."


Afta

"After." Primarily from Black Vernacular. Note, for instance, "Afta Hourz" by All City.


After-Whiff

"The Trail of Scent Left As Someone Walks By." From the whiff of scent, be it perfume, incense or body-odor, that is smelled after someone walks by.


Agamic

"Produced Without Sexual Intercourse." See "agamy" and "gamic."


Agamically

"In an Agamic Manner." See "agamy."


Agamist

"Someone Opposed to Marriage; Someone Celibate." See "agamy."


Agamous

[botany] "Having No Flowers or Seeds." [biology] "Asexual." See "agamy."


Agamy

"Absence of Marriage." For example, one might say "to live together in agamy is sinful." The word derives from the Greek "agamos" = "unmarried," which is in turn derived from "gamos" = "marriage." See also "agamic."


Agathism

"The Doctrine That All Things Tend Towards Ultimate Good." From the Greek root "agathos" = "good" and the suffix "-ism." See "-ism."


Agathokakological

"Showing or Comprised of Both Good and Evil." From the Greek words "agathos" = "good" and "kako" = "bad."


Agin

1. "Again; Against." [DV] There was a song by Robert Gabig and Jack Bishop called "Listen to Doghouse Agin'" and many people are familiar with Robert Criumb's "Stoned Agin" piece.


Agin

2. "Aging." [Cont] Seen online in "Ouch! My Agin' Body!" and "Gentlemen, start your agin'."


Agnostic

"One Who Believes that the Nature of God Cannot be Known." This is distinctly different than "athiest." The term was coined in 1869 by a man named Huxley. It is a direct antonym of "Gnostic," which denotes any religious belief that relies of direct knowledge of God over blind faith. "Gnostic" derives, of course, from the Greek "gnôsis" = "knowledge."


Agnosticism

"The Belief That God is Unknowable." See "agnostic."


Agnosy

"Ignorance." The negative modifier "a" attached to the Greek root "gnôsis" = "knowledge."


Agon

"As Conflict; Test of Wills." From Greek "agôn," meaning the same. There was also a god by the name, who personified struggle and contest.


Agonist

"One Involved in a Struggle, Combatant." From the Greek "agônistes" = "combatant." See "agon."


Agonophilia

"Sexual Arousal from the Real or Pretended Struggle of One's Sexual Partner." From the Greek root "agôn" and the suffix "-philia." See "agon" and "-philia."


Agony

"Suffering of Much Mental or Physical Pain; Violent Struggle." from Middle English and French "agonie," from the Greek "agônia" = "contest, struggle," but could also mean "anguish," or "agony of the mind."


Agorophilia

"Arousal from Open Spaces or Having Sex in Public Places." From the Greek root "agora" = "marketplace" and the suffix "-philia." See "-philia."


Agorophobia

"An Irrational Fear of Public Places." From the German "agorophobie," coined by Carl Westphal in 1871 from the Greek roots "agora" = "marketplace" and "phobos" = "fear." See "-phobia."


Agua

"Cop, Policeman." This is from Latino Vernacular. The term comes from the Spanish word "agua" = "water," and refers to the blue uniforms worn by police officers.


Ah

"I" [DV] From Southern English.


Ahem

An expression to gain attention, originally onomatopoeic of the sound of one clearing their throat.


Ahm

"I Am." [DV][Cont] A Southern variant, see also "ah," ahma," "Im-a," etc.


Ahma, Ah'ma

"I Am Going To." [DV][Cont] A Southern variant, see also "ah," "ahm," "Im-a," etc.


A-hole

"Asshole." Both literally and figuratively. An only slightly politer substitution.


Ah's

"I Am," "I Am Going To." [DV][Cont] A Southern variant, actually from "I is gonna." see also "ah," ahm," "Ahma," "Im-a," etc.


Ahve

"Have." This is actually a typo, but I see it (and do it) so often that I think it should be canonized as "Alternative English." For instance, "Guess I should ahve read the rest of my email..." and "Do you ahve to go through the..." both examples collected about two days apart on separate e-lists.


Aichmophobia

"Fear of Needles or Pointed Objects." From the Greek "aichmê" = "spear point" and the suffix "-phobia." See "-phobia."


Aichomancy

"Divination By Sharp Points." From the Greek roots "aichmê" = "spear point" and "manteia" = "mode of divination." See "-mancy."


Aiight, A'ight, Aight

"Alright." [Cont.]


Ailuromancy

"Divination By Observation of the Movement of Cats." From the Greek roots "ailouros" = "domestic cat" and "manteia" = "mode of divination." See "-mancy."


Ailurophile

"Cat Lover." From the Greek root "ailouros" = "domestic cat" and the suffix "-phile," from the Greek "philia." See "-philia."


Ailurophobia

"An Irrational Fear of Cats." From the Greek root "ailouros" = "domestic cat" and the suffix "-phobia." See "-phobia."


Ain'

"Ain't." [DV][Cont] A further contraction of "ain't." Particularly from Black and Southern Vernacular. See "ain't."


Ain'cha

"Aren't You, Are You Not." [DV][Cont] A compound. See "ain" and "cha."


Ain't

"Isn't; Aren't; Am Not." [Cont] The most maligned contraction in the English language. Almost every English teacher in the country will insist that this is not a proper word. However, every English teacher in the country knows what it means.


AISE

"As I Said Earlier." An internet abbreviation.


AISI

"As I See It." An internet abbreviation.


AIUI

"As I Understand It." An internet abbreviation.


Aks

"Ask." See "ax."


-al

"Of the Kind Of, Pertaining To." From French, which derives it from the Latin "-alia."


Alabama

"Hick, Redneck, Backwoods, Country." Used as both a noun and an adjective. It is, of course, from the state by that name, seen as the epitome of hickdom. See "bama."


Alalia

"A Fuctional Absence of Speech, Usually as a Result of Brain Damage." From the Greek root "laleo" = "talk, chatter, prattle" and the negating particle "a-." C.f. the Greek "alalos" = "speachless."


Alamodality

"Conformity to Fashion." From the French "a la mode." See "alamode."


Alamode

"According to Fashion." From the French construction "a la mode" = "in the fashion."


Alchy

"Alchoholic." A modified contraction. Also seen as "alky" and "alkie."


Alectromancy

"Divination by a Rooster." From the Greek roots "alektôr" = "rooster" and "manteia" = "mode of divination."


Alectryomancy

"Divination by a Rooster." A variant of "alectromancy." See "alctromancy."


Alektorophobia

"An Irrational Fear of Chickens." From the Greek root "alektôr" = "rooster" and the suffix "-phobia." See "-phobia."


Algolagnia

"Sexual Gratification From Giving or Receiving Pain." From the Greek roots "algos" = "pain" and "lagneia" = "coition, intercourse."


Algometry

"The Science of Pain Sensibility." From the Greek roots "algos" = "pain" and "metron" = "measure."


Algophobia

"An Irrational Fear of Pain." From the Greek root "algos" = "pain" and the suffix "-phobia." See "-phobia."


Alice

"Psychedelics, Particularly LSD." Eponymous after Alice of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, because of the very psychedelic hallucinations she undergoes in the book.


Alkie

"Alchoholic." A modified contraction. Also seen as "alky" and "alchy."


Alky

"Alchoholic." A modified contraction. Also seen as "alkie" and "alchy."


Allogamy

"Cross Fertilization." From the Greek roots "allo" = "other" and "gamos" = "marriage." See "gamic."


Alomancy

A variant of "halomancy."


Alphitomancy

"Divination By Barley Grains." From the French "alphitomacie," from the Greek "alphitomantis" = "diviner by grain," from the roots "alphiton" = "barley meal" and "manteia" = "mode of divination." See "-mancy."


Alture

"Height." Probably from the Romance word "altura" = "height," evidenced in Italian, Spanish and Portugese. This in turn derives from the Latin "altus" = "high." The same root gives us "altitude" and "altar."


AM

"Asian Male." From single's ad terminology.


AMAP

"As Much/Many As Possible." An internet abbreviation.


Amastia

"Lacking Breasts." from the negating particle "a" and the Greek root "mastia" = "female breast."


AMF

"Adios Mother Fucker." From Vietnam veteran's slang.


Amigo

"A Hispanic or Mexican Person." Generally used in a racist context. It derives from the Spanish "amigo" = "friend."


Amok, Amuk

"Out of Control." From the Malay "amuk," meaning fighting furiously in beserker-like manner.


Amscray

"Scram." Pig Latin for "scram."


An'

"And." [Cont]


Analphabet

"Illiterate Person." The negative component "a" attached to "alphabet." Literally, this would be "one who does not know the alphabet."


Angst

"Anxiety." From the German "angst" = "fear."


Anhedonia

"The Inability to Feel Pleasure." See "hedonism."


Anhedonic

"Unable to Feel Pleasure." See "hedonism."


ANIB

"As New In Box," meaning "mint condition in original packaging." This abbreviation comes from gun sales, but may be seen elsewhere.


Anoia

"Idiocy." A rare and underused word, from the same in Greek, from a+noia meaning "no mind," from "noos" = "mind."


Anorchous

"Lacking Testicles." A combination of the negating prefix "an" and the Greek "orxis" = "testicle."


Anorchus

"A Man with No Testicles." See "anorchous."


Antholagnia

"Sexual Arousal from the Smell of Flowers." From the Greek roots "anthos" = "flower" and "lagneia" = "coition, intercourse."


Anthology

"A Collection of Writings." This derives from the Greek "anthologion" = "a collection of literary extracts." The word literally means "a collection of flowers," from the roots "antho" = "flower" and "logiea" = "collection" from "logas" = "picked."


Anthomancy

"Divination By Flowers." From the Greek roots "anthos" = "flower" and "manteia" = "mode of divination."


Anthophobia

"An Irrational Fear of Flowers." From the Greek root "anthos" = "flower" and the suffix "-phobia." See "-phobia."


Anthracic

"Pertaining to Coal." From the Greek root "anthrax" = "coal" and the suffix "-ic." See "-ic."


Anthracoid

"Resembling Coal." From the Greek root "anthrax" = "coal" and the suffix "-oid." See "-oid."


Anthracomancy

"Divination By Burning Coals." From the Greek roots "anthrax" = "coal" and "manteia" = "mode of divination."


Anthrop-, Anthropo-

"Human." This takes the form of "anthropo-" before a consonant and "anthrop-" before a vowel. It derives from the Greek "anthrôp-" and "anthrôpo"combining forms of "anthrôpos" = "man."


Anthropic

"Of or Relating to Humans." From the Greek "anthrôpikos" = "human" from the root "anthropos" = "humanity" and the suffix "ikos." See "-ic."


Anthropoid

"Resembling Human Form." See "anthrop-" and "-oid."


Anthropolite

"A Fossilised Man." Also "anthropolith." See "anthrop-" and "-lite."


Anthropolith

A variant of "anthropolite." See "anthropolite" and "-lith."


Anthropomancy

"Divination By Examining Human Entrails." From the Greek roots "anthrôpos" = "humanity" and "manteia" = "mode of divination."


Anthropomorphic

"Having Human Characteristics or Resembling a Human." A variant of "anthropomorphous." See "anthropomorphous" and "-ic."


Anthropomorphism

"Attribution of Human Motivation, Behaviour or Characteristics to Something Not Human." See "anthropomorphous" and "-ism."


Anthropomorphize

"To Ascribe Human Characteristics to Something Not Human." See "anthropomorphous" and "-ize."


Anthropomorphous

"Having Human Characteristics or Resembling a Human." From the Greek "anthrôpomorphos" = "having human form" from the roots "anthrôpos" = "humanity" and "-morphous." See "-morphous."


Anthropophageous

"Eats Humans." From the Greek "anthrôpophagos" from the roots "anthrôpos" = "humanity" and "phagein" = "devour."


Anthropophobia

"An Irrational Fear of Humans." See "anthropo-" and "-phobia."


Apanthropy

"A Dislike of Society." From the French "apanthropie," from the Greek "apanthrôpia" = "dislike of men," "unfitness for social intercourse." It combines the "ap-" of "apo-," meaning "away," with "anthrôpos" = "mankind."


Apartheid

"Separatness." A loan word from Afrikaans, literally translating to "aparthood" or "separateness."


Aphilanthropy

"Dislike of Humankind." From the Greek "aphilanthrôpos," combining the negating "a" with "philanthrôpos." See "philanthropy."


Apistia

"Adultery." From the same in Greek, meaning "unfaithful," from "a" + "pistis" = "faith."


Apple

2. "A Native American Who Acts as if They Were Caucasian." Used by Native Americans. It is akin to saying that someone is red on the outside and white on the inside, as an apple. This is a very charged term and usually fighting words.


Apotropaic

"Inimical to Demons, Used to Drive Away Demons." From the Greek "apotropaios" = "averting evil," or more literally "turning away evil." This derives from the prefix "apo-" meaning "away," and "tropê," meaning "turn." See also "-ic."


Apotropaion

"An Object Inimical to Demons, Something Used to Protect Against or Drive Away Demons." From the Greek "apotropaion" = "averting evil." See "apotropaic."


Apt

"Apartment." Common in real estate ad terminology.


Apu

"Indian, Hindu; Dark Skinned Asian or Arab." A racist slur eponymous from a character of the popular tv cartoon "The Simpsons." Apu is a stereotyped Hindu convenience store clerk. The word is often used by rednecks, who would never be able to tell the difference between an Indian and an Arab.


Arcana

"Occult Teachings." The plural of "arcanum." See "arcanum."


Arcane

"Secret, Hidden, Occult." From the Latin "arcanus" = "secret, private, hidden, concealed."


Arcanum

"Occult Wisdom or Knowledge." From the Latin "arcanum," the neuter of "arcanus." See "arcane."


-archy

"Rule By." From the Greek "arke" = "method of government."


Arn-cha?

"Aren't You? Are You Not?" [DV][Cont] As in, "yer gittin there, arn-cha?" See "cha."


Aren't

"Are Not." [Cont]


Artillery

"Implements of War; Devices or Machines for Firing Projectiles; Large Guns; Projectiles, Missles." From the Old French "artillerie," from "artiller," meaning "to arm," from an earlier form "atillier." The etymology of the word further back than that is questionable. While "artillery" originally meant all materials for war, the specifically projectile oriented sense of the word developed in the 15th century. In a lesser slang sense, the word is used for any firearm.


A Salaami Fakum

"A Wannabe Muslim, One Who Gives the Appearance of Being Muslim but Does not Follow Muslim Law." This is usually applied to Blacks influenced by NOI doctrines and rhetoric. The term is derived from the tendency of such people to greet everyone with the Muslim greting "A Salaam Alekum" (Peace, Brothers), with the obvious perversion to "fake."


Asap

"As Soon As Possible." From a military acronym (see definition) also used in hospitals. This is sometimes used as an acronym and sometimes as a word.


a/s/l

"Age, Sex, Location." An internet abbreviation.


Aspermia

"The Inability to Ejaculate Semen." This is a simple etymolgy. It consists of the negative prefix "a-" and the root "sperm." See "sperm."


Asspelunker

"Male Homosexual." A shortening of the phrase "ass spelunker." See "spelunking."


Astragalomancy

"Divination by Dice or Knuckle-Bones." From the Greek roots "astragaloi" = "dice made from knuckle-bones." and "manteia" = "mode of divination."


Astromancy

"Divination by the Stars, Astrology." From the Greek "astromanteia," from the roots "astro" = "star" and "manteia" = "mode of divination."


Atcha

"At you." [Cont.][DV] see "cha"


-ation

"Action or Process; the Result of an Action or Process; State or Condition." From the Middle English "-acioun," which developed from the Old French "-ation," which in turn comes from the Latin "-atio, -ation."


ATM

1. "MAC Machine." An acrostic abbreviation of "Automatic Teller Machine."


ATM

2. "At The Moment." An internet abbreviation.


Attila The Hen

"A Domineering Woman." After Attila the Hun, known for his domineering war practices and the use of "hen" for a domestic woman. See also "hen."


Aunt Tom

"Non-Feminist Woman." This pejorative was derived from the Black term "Uncle Tom." The term was created by suppoters of the Woman's Liberation Movement to describe women who opposed their views. See "Uncle Tom."


Auth's

"Authorities." [Cont]


Autogamous

"Self Fertilizing." From the Greek roots "auto" = "self" and "gamos" = "marriage."


Avail

"Available." Common in ad terminology.


Ave

"Have." [Cont] As in "Ave at it, mates."


AWHFY

"Are We Having Fun Yet." An internet abbreviation.


Awk

"In the Wrong Direction; Backward; Sinister; Perverse; Awkward." Probably derived from the Old Norse "ofugr" = "backwards, innapropriate, hostile." It is cognate to the Old Saxon and Old High German "abuh," the Old Church Slavonic "opaku" and the Sanskrit "apaku." the OED and others compare the phonetic shift from "ofugr" to "awk" with the development of "hafoc" into "hawk." Variant Middle English spellings include "auk," "awck" and "awke."


Awkly

"In the Wrong Direction; Back-Handedly; Left-Handedly; Sinisterly; Perversely; Unluckily." An adverbial form of "awk." See "awk."


Awkness

"Wrongness; Irrationality; Perverseness; Sinisterness." From "awk." See "awk."


Awkward

"In An Awk Direction, Turned the Wrong Way; Perverse; Clumsy; Embarrassing." This word literally means "facing awk," or "facing in the wrong direction." It comes from Middle English, where it was spelt numerous ways, including "aukward," "aukard," "awkeward," "auker'd," "awkerd," "acquart," "owkeward" and numerous other ways. See "awk."


Awol

"Gone, Dissapeared." Acronym from "Away Without Leave" from Article 86 of the Universal Code of Military Justice.


Ax, Aks

"Ask." This is common in Black Vernacular and many rural White dialects. It dates back to Anglo-Saxon, where "acs" was a common pronunciation. The form "axed' appeared in print in 1490, in Caxton's Eneydos (the Aeneid).


Ayda

"I would have." [Cont.]


Ayuh

"Yes, Yeah." New England dialectical variant of "yeah."


Az

"As." [DV] Common in Black Vernacular.


Azz

"Ass." A Black Vernacular spelling, for example, note the song title "Back That Azz Up," by Juvenile, the artist Bad Azz, "Heat Fo' Yo' Azz" by Celly Cell, and the porn video "Major League Azz." A reader's letter in XXL reads, "I'm in the pen so I don't have much to look foreward to except seeing her azz!!" The same writer uses ass earlier in the letter.





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