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#USSlang: Internet slang (2)

In this article, we’ll share some slang words we would most likely find on the internet. Do remember that we should avoid using slang words in formal situation.

Slang words are ideally only used in casual conversation and text. They are popular only for a certain period of time. Let’s start , shall we?


  1. Sus. Meaning: someone sketchy, shady.
    • Example:
      • I told you that guy over there was sus.
    • ‘Sus’ comes from the word suspect. As a slang, ‘sus’ suggests that someone is sketchy or shady.
    • Other than that, ‘sus’ can also mean ‘see you soon.’ Example:
      • I’m getting off work now. Sus.
  2. Boots. Meaning: emphasis, very much.
    • Example:
      • I had a very long day. I’m tired boots.
    • Tired boots = very tired
    • Add ‘boots’ to the end of an adjective or verb to emphasize on whatever you’re saying.
  3. Hunty. Meaning: a term of endearment for friends, usually used in the drag community.
    • Example:
      • Hey hunty, I’m home!
    • ‘Hunty’ is a combination of two words, ‘honey’ and ‘c*nt.’ It can sometimes be used in a demeaning way.
  4. Stan. Meaning: an obsessed fan (n.), admire (v.)
    • Example:
      • There’s a bunch of Stans waiting right outside the concert hall.
    • ‘Stan’ originated from Eminem song about an obsessed fan. ‘Stan’ was the main character in the song.
  5. OTP (One True Pairing) Meaning: your favorite relationship in a fandom, a couple that other people think matches the best.
    • Example:
      • My OTP is Glenn Alinskie Chelsea Olivia. They’re such a cute couple.
  6. Tea. Meaning: gossip, news or personal information belonging to someone else.
    • Example:
      • Spill the tea about what happened at the party.
  7. DR (double rainbow). Meaning: a term used to convey extreme happiness.
    • Example:
      • I got a promotion at work and have been seeing DRs all day.
  8. ICYMI (in case you missed it). Meaning: often used by people who missed things (often important) in social media or chat rooms.
    • Example:
      • ICYMI, my cat is sick and it ruined half of my wardrobe.
    • ICYMI can also be used in humorous way to point something which is already obvious.
  9. IMMD (it made my day). Meaning: a term used to show happiness, something awesome.
    • Example:
      • OMG! My boss just gave me a huge raise. #IMMD
  10. AMA (ask me anything). Meaning: a term to invite people to ask questions.
    • Example:
      • I have been studying for that exam all day. AMA.

There goes 10 internet slang words for now, fellas! Now that you have 10 more slang words in your repertoire, it’s time to put them to practice.

Compiled and written by @miss_qiak for @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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#EngTrivia: British vs American English Spellings

Do you know that some British English (BrE) words have different spellings from American English (AmE) words?

In general, there are 10 types of spelling differences between BrE and AmE. Here they are:

  1. BrE (-our) vs AmE (-or). E.g.:
    • armour (BrE) vs armor (AmE)
    • favourite (BrE) vs favorite (AmE)
    • honour (BrE) vs honor (AmE)
  2. BrE (-re) vs AmE (-er). E.g.:
    • centre (BrE) vs center (AmE)
    • Litre (BrE) vs liter (AmE)
    • Theatre (BrE) vs theater (AmE)
  3. BrE (-ae-) vs AmE (-e-). E.g. :
    • archaeology (BrE) vs archeology (AmE).
    • Leukaemia (BrE) vs leukemia (AmE)
  4. BrE (-se) vs AmE (-ze). e.g. :
    • analyse (BrE) vs analyze (AmE)
    • apologise (BrE) vs apologize (AmE)
    • emphasise (BrE) vs emphasize (AmE)
  5. BrE (-l) vs AmE (-ll).e.g.:
    • fulfil (BrE) vs fulfill (AmE)
    • skilful (BrE) vs skillful (AmE)
  6. BrE (-ogue) vs AmE (-og). e.g. :
    • analogue (BrE) vs analog (AmE)
    • dialogue (BrE) vs dialog (AmE)
  7. BrE (-ence) vs AmE (-ense). e.g. :
    • defence (BrE) vs defense (AmE)
    • licence (BrE) vs license (AmE)
  8. BrE (-dge) vs AmE (-dg). e.g. :
    • judgement (BrE) vs judgment (AmE)
    • arguement (BrE) vs argument (AmE)
  9. BrE (-que) vs AmE ( -ck). e.g.:
    • cheque (BrE) vs check (AmE)
  10. BrE (-gramme) vs AmE (-gram). e.g. :
    • programme (BrE) vs program (AmE)
    • kilogramme (BrE) vs kilogram (AmE)

So, which one do you prefer? BrE or AmE?


Compiled and written by @iisumarni at @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, September 19, 2012





#USSlang: ‘Basic bitch’

Today we’ll talk about a slang word that has gotten popular lately, esp. online: “Basic Bitch.”

A ‘basic bitch’ is an insult commonly targeted at young women.

It means a woman who is fulfilling all the stereotype of the most common girl. She loves the mall, she reads lifestyle magazine, she listens to Taylor Swift, she does Instagram – basically all the things every woman seems to be doing. Most of all, she is also happy about doing it. She doesn’t wish to be different or be out of the box.

‘Basic bitch’ is basically a way to say someone is boring, predictable, or had failed to surprise us. Or as urban Indonesians often say, ‘anaknya biasa banget’ or ‘orangnya ya gitu-gitu aja’ or ‘selera kebanyakan/umum.’


  • A: “What do you think of John’s new girlfriend?”
  • B: “Nah, she’s very basic.”

According to Urban Dictionary, ‘basic bitch’ started out as a slang word used in African-American communities. Its original meaning was ‘a girl who was too easy,’ or ‘a girl who would sleep or date with anyone.’ But language develops and now it is used to refer to ‘a stereotypical white woman.’

Some feminists criticise the use of the word because of their demeaning nature against women. (Demeaning = merendahkan.)

Here’s an interesting piece written by a girl who proudly refers to herself as basic: In defense of being ‘basic

People ridiculing others for preferring one specific flavor of coffee on a given day are the ones with a problem.

After all, it’s always better to stay true to yourself no matter what others think of it. It’s much better than being cool or different but fake. Being a basic is simply the opposite of being a hipster; you’re not aiming to be different or anti-mainstream.

There’s even a Buzzfeed quiz to check ‘How Basic Are You

Sources: Urban Dictionary, VICE, Red&Black

Compiled by @animenur for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, November 16, 2014


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#AUSSlang: Rhyming slang

Rhyming slang is a type of slang in which a word is replaced by words or phrases they rhyme with. In this post, we will share some rhyming slang you would likely find in Australia.

  1. Steak and kidney. Meaning: Sydney.
    • Example:
      • In this holiday, Rachel will go to steak and kidney alone. 
  2. Brave and bold. Meaning: cold.
    • Example:
      • Tonight is really brave and cold. Do you feel it too, Joey? 
  3. Blood blister. Meaning: sister.
    • Example:
      • Is your blood blister at home, Julie? Chandler needs to see her now. 
  4. Captain Cook. Meaning: look.
    • Example:
      • Hey, Phoebe! Try to take a Captain Cook the view. It’s so good. 
  5. Curry and rice. Meaning: price.
    • Example:
      • Monica, would you mind asking the curry and rice to the sales girl? 
  6. Dog and bone. Meaning: phone.
    • Example:
      • Gunther, please pick up the dog and bone. I’m still in the kitchen.
  7. Grim and gory. Meaning: story.
    • Example:
      • Janice and Mike have a great grim and gory from their journey to Tibet.
  8. Kitchen sink. Meaning: drink.
    • Example:
      • Do you want me to refill your kitchen sink, Sir? 
  9. Lemon squash. Meaning: wash.
    • Example:
      • Frank, I think your car needs a lemon squash. It looks so dirty. 
  10. Nail and screws. Meaning: news.
    • Example:
      • Do you get any nail and screws about Susan? She’s been missing for a week. 

Those are some examples on rhyming slang. They sound interesting, right? Try using them in your daily conversation, fellas. :) 

Compiled and written by @fabfebby at @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, March 10, 2013

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#EngTrivia: Same word, different meanings in UK and US

The differences between British and American English are somehow interesting. A word can have different meanings. Here are some of the words that we found pretty funny.

  1. Bogey. Meaning:
    • In UK: dried nasal mucus.
    • In US: an unidentified aircraft, often assumed to be that of an enemy.
  2. Entrée. Meaning:
    • In UK: starter of a meal.
    • In US: main course of a meal.
  3. Fall. Meaning:
    • In UK: to become pregnant.
    • In US: autumn.
  4. First floor (of a building). Meaning:
    • In UK: the floor above ground level.
    • In US: the floor at ground level (sometimes).
  5. Intern. Meaning:
    • In UK: replacement.
    • In US: one temporarily employed for practical training.
  6. Redcap. Meaning:
    • In UK: a military police officer.
    • In US: a baggage porter (as at a train station).
  7. Through (time). Meaning:
    • In UK: for a period of time, during.
    • In US: up to, until.
  8. Mate. Meaning:
    • In UK: friend.
    • In US: spouse or partner.


Compiled and written by at on Friday, August 12, 2011

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