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#USSlang: “Hump Day”

According to Oxford English Dictionary, “hump day” is the informal name for ‘Wednesday’.
Wednesday is seen as the midpoint (titik tengah) of a working week.
After Wednesday, we are moving closer towards the weekend. Everything feels easier and more bearable. Bearable = bisa dihadapi dengan mudah/santai.

This picture best describes the feeling of getting over a Wednesday:

 

Example: Over the hump! It’s Wednesday.

 

 

Why is it called a ‘hump’?

Surprisingly, it has something to do with camels. This is a hump (punuk unta).


Mondays and Tuesdays are seen as the hardest part of the week because we go back to work/school and get very busy on those days. Stress level usually peaked (memuncak) on Wednesday, then slows down on Thursday and Friday. Which is why Wednesdays are basically like the peak of a camel’s hump.

Here are some examples in using “hump day” in a sentence:

  • Hump day is always the hardest part of the week in this business.”
  • “Let’s look for a hump day treat and get over the stress.”
    • Treat = permen, suguhan, sesuatu yang enak.

Source: Oxford Dictionaries online, factsboard.com and keen.com for images

 

Compiled by @animenur for @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, July 1, 2015

 

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#USSlang: African-American vernacular

February is special because of the celebration of Black History Month in United States and many other countries. It is an event to celebrate the heritage of African-American people. From their history, their struggle against racism, to their culture.

So, in this article, we will discuss some of the most common words used in African-American slang!

“also called african american vernacular english or AAVE, if i may add.” – @alasadulloh

You may have heard these words in hip-hop music and Hollywood movies. Like any other slang, they can’t be used in formal settings.

In fact, some can only be used among African-American people. They’d think it’s offensive if it’s used by other race. Which one? Let’s see from this list … plays something hip-hop to begin the session

1. Aight. Meaning: ‘Alright.’ Used at the end of a sentence to confirm.

  • Example:
    • Nobody gonna bring yo

    • u down, aight?

2. Bling. Meaning: accessories with diamonds, worn by rappers. Inspired by the sounds diamond makes when moved.

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3. Blown up. Meaning: very angry, or becoming very popular at short time.

  • Example:
    • “50 Cent has blown the fuck up!”

4. Bomb. Meaning: Something very cool.

  • Example:
    • “The new Beyonce album is the bomb, man!”

5. Boo. Meaning: Girlfriend/boyfriend; “boo = bae xD” – @nazhifa189

  • Example:
    • “You will always be my boo.”

6. Booty. Meaning: Butt.

  • Example:
    • “That guy has been staring at my booty.”

7. Candy-ass. Meaning: Weak or wimpy.

  • Example:
    • “Stop crying, you’re such a candy-ass!”

8. Crib. Meaning: House.

  • Example:
    • “Welcome to my crib, yo!”

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9. Folks. Meaning: People. In Australia, ‘folks’ is a slang that means “parents.”

  • Example:
    • “These guys are my folks, they’re with through happiness and sadness.”

10. Ho. Meaning: Slut, prostitute.

  • Example:
    • “That ho stole my boyfriend!”

11. Hood. Meaning: The ghetto, a community of African-American.

  • Example:
    • “I’m gonna meet my folks at the hood tonight.”

12. Holla. Meaning: A greeting OR expression of happiness.

  • Example:
    • “Holla! My boy just picked off that pass!”

13. Mo. Meaning: Short version for ‘more’.

  • Example:
    • “Remember that mo money means mo problem!”

14. Gangsta. Meaning: A gang member or something cool.

  • Example:
    • “That Nike hoodies are so gangsta.”

15. Ghetto. Meaning: Something that is not high-cultured.

  • Example:
    • “It’s ghetto when your hair is longer in the front than in the back.”
    • I think “it’s so ghetto” has the same feeling as “alay banget” in Indonesian language, no?

16. Peep. Meaning: Friends.

  • Example:
    • “Come hang with me and my peeps!”

17. Pimp. Meaning: Something good, cool, profitable or turning into something good.

  • Example:
    • “Let me pimp your car for you.”

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Important note about African-American slang:

The word ‘nigga’ may only be used among themselves. ‘Nigga’ is usually used as greeting or to mention a black person. But it still has a negative connotation when used by other race. So don’t use it unless you want to get into trouble!

Compiled and written by @animenur for @EnglishTips4U on Saturday, January 31, 2015

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