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T'

"To." [DV][Cont] A Southern variant. See also "ta"


Ta

"To," [DV][Cont] as in "hot ta trot," "I wants ta..." and "Waitin' Ta Hate." See also "t'"


TA

"Thanks Again." An internet abbreviation.


TAFN

"Thats All For Now." An internet abbreviation.


TBH

"To Be Honest." An internet abbreviation.


TCOY

"Take Care Of Yourself." An internet abbreviation.


T'day

"Today." [Cont] A Southern variant.


Tech

1. "Technician." A common parlance abbreviation.


Tech

2. "Technology." A common parlance abbreviation.


Techie

"Someone Who Studies or is Highly Interested in a Highly Technical Subject." From "tech" and "technician."


Technician

"One Skilled in a Technique." See "technique."


Technique

"The Systematic Procedure by Which a Result is Accomplished." French, from the Greek "texnikos" = "technical, according to the rules of an art."


Technocracy

"Governmental or Societal Rule by Technicians and Scientists." Formed from the Greek "texne" = "skill" and "krateo" = "to rule, hold sway."


Technocrat

"An Advocate of Technocracy; One Who Has a Grasp on Technological Advance and Uses it to Their Advantage." Formed from the Greek "texne" = "skill" and "krateo" = "to rule, hold sway."


Technology

"The Application of Science or Scientific Method." From the Greek "texnologia" = "systematic treatment," from the root "texne" = "art, skill, craft, system, method." See also "-ology."


Technophilia

"An Attraction to Technology and Technological Equipment, Such as Computers." Formed from the "techno-" of "technology" and "-philia." See "technology" and "-philia."


Technophobia

"An Irrational Fear of Technology." Formed from the "techno-" of "technology" and "-phobia." See "technology" and "-phobia."


Tephromancy

"Divination by Ashes." From the Greek roots "tefra" = "ashes" and "manteia" = "mode of divination."


Tha

"The." [DV] Common in Black Vernacular, as in the Rap song "Bring Tha Noize."


Thanatophobia

"an Irrational Fear of Death." From the Greek root "thanatos" = "death" and the suffix "-phobia." See "-phobia."


Thang

"Thing." [DV] A Southern and Ebonic variation.


Thanx

"Thanks." Common slang phoneticised variant.


Thar

"There." [DV] This is primarily a Southern dialectical variant. The variant in spelling is usually encountered in comic representations of Southerners, going back to at least the forties of the last century.


Thar's

"There Is." [DV] [Cont] See "thar."


Thass

"That Is." [DV] Mostly Southern, as in, "thass righ'"


Theo-, The-

"Pertaining to Divinity." From the Greek "theo-" of the same meaning, from "theos" = "god." The element is of the same root as the "div" in "divine," etc., the "Iu" in the Roman "Iupiter," the Greek name "Zeus," the Sanskrit "Dyaus," and even "day," all from a Proto-Indo-European root, which probably meant "to shine."


Theocracy

"Rule by Religious Authority." From the Greek roots "theo-" (See "theo-") and "krateo" = "to rule, hold sway"


Theocrasy

"Syncretism in a Deific Figure, The Mixing of the Forms of Multiple Gods Into One." From the Greek "theokrasis," from the roots "theo-" (See "theo-") and "krasis" = "mixing."


Theolatry

"The Worship of a Deity or Deities." From the Greek "theolatreia," from the roots "theo-" (See "theo-") and "latreia" = "service to the gods, divine worship."


Theology

"The Study of God and Religion." See "theo-" and "-ology."


Theomancy

"Divination By Divine Oracle." From the Greek "theomanteia," from the roots "theo-" (See "theo-") and "manteia" = "mode of divination."


Theomorphic

"Having the Form or Likeness of a God." See "theo-" and "-morphic."


Theophobia

"A Fear of Gods or Religion." See "theo-" and "-phobia."


Therianthropic

"Combining Animal and Human Form." As in a centaur or satyr. From the Greek "therianthropos" = "beast-man" from "therion" = "beast" and "anthropos" = "man."


Theriomancy

"Divination by Noting the Movements of Animals." From the Greek roots "therio" = "beast" or "animal" and "manteia" = "mode of divination."


Theriomorphic

"Having Animal Form." From the Greek "theriomorphos" = "having the form of a beast" from "therion" = "beast" and "morphe" = "form." See "-morph."


Theroid

"Beastlike, Having the Form of a Wild Animal." From the Greek "therion" = "wild animal" and the suffix "-oid." See "-oid."


Therology

"The Study of Wild Mammals." From the Greek "therion" = "wild animal" and the suffix "-ology." See "-ology."


Thet

"That." [DV]


They

"Their." It is common on Black Vernacular to use "they" for "their," as in "They gonna do they thing." Another example reads "You in they town, fuckin' they bitches, sittin' in the VIP spots in they clubs and they restaraunts and shit." For a further example "I love some of they articles..."


Tho

"Though." Pronounced the same as "though," this spelling is common in written Black Vernacular.


Thoro

"Thorough." Pronounced the same as "thorough," this spelling is common in written Black Vernacular.


Threadz

"Clothing." Threads was a slang idiom for "clothing" popular in the '50s. "Threadz" is a relatively common Black Vernacular variant.


Threnody

"A Poem or Song of Lamentation." From the Greek roots "threnos" = "dirge, lament" and "odê." See "ode."


Thru

1. "Through." For example "thru da ruff and crazy times."


Thru

2. "Threw." As in "thru em out da window."


Thug

Thug derives from the Hindi "Thag," meaning a member of an organized criminal ring. This groups is notorious for strangling its victims as human sacrifices for Kali, the warrior form of Parvati, the wife of Shiva, the Liberator.

The term was applied by the British to brutish people who caused trouble by beating people up, as in soccer (football) hooligans, and professional killers and leg-breakers. The term has become synonymous with "gangsta" in Black vernacular.


Thugdom

"The Things Associated With Thugs and Thugeree." Literally, "the domain of thugs."


Thuggery

"The Performance of Violent or Threatening Acts by a Thug." See "Thug."


Thugsta

"Gangsta." From Black Vernacular. A combination of "thug" and "gangsta."


Thunk

"Thought." [DV] A common past tense of "think" not accepted as proper English. "Who'da thunk it?"


Till

"To, Until." This is not, as sometimes supposed, a contraction of "until." "Until" actually derives from an older form of "till," which is a word of its own developed from the Middle English and Anglo-Saxon "til," of the same meaning. It is perfectly good English. We find the word, for example, in its modern form used by John Adams in his 1763 description of the Caucus Clubb "There they smoke tobacco till you cannot see from one End of the Garrett to the other." It most likely entered Anglo-Saxon from the Old Norse word "til," which had a wider variety of meanings, including that of the English version. See also "until."


Ting

"Thing." [DV] Particularly Jamaican, as in the Reggae title "Big Tings."


Tink

"Think." [DV] Particularly Jamaican.


Tiromancy

"Divination by Cheese." Also "tyromancy." From the Greek roots "turo" = "cheese" and "manteia" = "mode of divination."


TNT

"Till Next Time." An internet abbreviation.


TNX

"Thanks." An internet abbreviation.


Tomentum

"Wooly Hair on Plants." See "tomentosa" and "tomentose."


Tomentosa, Tomentosum, Tomentosus

"Tomentose, Densely Wooly." Botanical Latin, from "tomentus" = "stuffing," as of either wool or feathers. This is seen in such binomial designations as "Paulownia tomentosa" = "Empress Tree" (which has fuzzy leaves), "Arctium tomentosum P. Mill." = "wooly burdock" and "Ceanothus tomentosus" = "Wooly ceanothus."


Tomentose

"Pubescent, Hairy, Covered with Hair; Wooly, Flossy." From the Latin "tomentus" = "stuffing," as of either wool or feathers. See also "tomentosa" and "tomentum."


Tooken

"Taken." [DV] Mostly from Southern Black Vernacular. As Eddie said, "I gots tooken to the hospital."


To've

"To Have." [Cont]


Tribad

"a Female Homosexual." From French, where it had the same meaning. It derives from the Greek "tribas" meaning (according to Liddle and Scott) "a woman who practices unnatural vice with herself or with other women." This is derived from the root "tribo," meaning "to rub." See also "tribadism" and "tribology."


Tribadism

"Lesbian Intercourse Involving Genital to Genital Contact." Sometimes taken to mean also mutual genital masturbation done manually. Formed from "tribad." See "tribad."


Triboelectricity

"an Electrical Charge from the Friction of Two Surfaces." From the Greek root "tribo," meaning "to rub," and "electricity," from the Latin "electrum" and Greek "elektron,' both meaning "amber."


Tribology

"The Study of Friction or Lubrication." From the Greek root "tribo," meaning "to rub," and the suffix "-ology." See "-ology."


Trigamy

"Having Three Married Partners." Like "bigamy," formed by the addition of the prefix "tri" = "three" to the Greek root "gamos" = "marriage." See "bigamy" and "gamic."


Trok

"Track." [DV] This is a Jamaican Reggae term, as in a musical track. Particularly noted is the "riddim trok." See also "riddim."


Troll

Besides the mythological giant/dwarf (depending on who you ask) from the Northern regions, "troll" has many meanings. To paraphrase some of its meanings as a verb: "to move in a circular motion; to roll; to revolve; to circulate, pass around; to sing as of a round; sing jovially; to fish with a moving line; to speak fast, to wag the tongue, to ramble; to stroll; to patrol an area in search of something; to cruise, go about looking for sex." As a substantif, we have: "the act of moving or going round, a reel on the fishing rod, the lure and line used in trolling and as an abbreviation of 'trolley.'" It developed from the Middle English "trollen." It came to Middle English from the Old French "troller." Modern French has the related "troler" = "to stroll about, ramble, rove," "troleur" = "tramp" and "troleuse" = "street walker, vagrant." The French is of a Germanic origin. It is related directly to the Low German "trullen" = "troll, roll; walk, wander." It is probably also related to the German "trodeln" = "to dawdle."


Trollop

"A Dirty or Unclean Woman, Slut; Prostitute." This connects with "slut" in their both meaning "an unkempt woman," as well as the sexual connotations. We got "trollop" from Scotts Doric, who developed it from the Middle English "trollen." It came to Middle English from the Old French "troller." See "troll." There is also a verb form "to trollop" = "to act in a slovenly way."


Trollopee

"A Loose Dress." After "trollop," as in who would wear such a thing.


Tru

"True." [DV] From Black Vernacular. This spelling can be seen in such examples as "tru playa," "be tru ta yoself," and "TRU Records." There is a common idiom in Philly's Black Vernacular which runs "Tru dat" = "that is true" or "you are/(s)he is correct."


Trump, Trumpin

"Rich, Loaded." From rap slang. After Donald Trump.


Truss

"Trust." [DV] From Black Vernacular, as in "Can't Truss It."


Tryna

"Trying To." [Cont.][DV] In the words of Victor Santiago, "It's like you go outta town, yo, and niggas be like tryna follow you back to the hotel and hang out and shit."


TS

"Transexual." From sex ad terminology.


TTBOMK

"To The Best Of My Knowledge." An internet abbreviation.


TTYL

"Talk To You Later." An internet abbreviation.


TTYT

"Talk To You Tomorrow." An internet abbreviation.


Tude

"Bad Attitude." [Cont] From Black vernacular.


Tuff

"Tough." [DV] From Black Vernacular.


Turd

"Piece of Excrement." This word goes back to Middle English, derived from the Anglo-Saxon "tord," of the same meaning.


24/7, Twenty Four - Seven

"All The Time." From 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


TY

"Thank You." An internet abbreviation. See also "TYVM."


Tyromancy

"Divination by Cheese." Also "tiromancy." From the Greek roots "turo" = "cheese" and "manteia" = "mode of divination."


TYVM

"Thank You Very Much." An internet abbreviation. See also "TY."





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