10 Popular Slang Origins You Need To Know

August 23, 2014

Like it or not, you’re human. This means that at one point or another you use slang. It’s not to look cool, per se, but a sort of verbal shorthand or way to identify with a certain group. But because we use it all the time, slang constantly evolves, adapting its meanings and usage according to our tastes and needs. Many slang words you’ve likely already used today have some pretty surprising origins.

Fanboy

Slang Origins Fanboy

What a bunch of nerds!
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Nowadays, if you defend your favorite comic book or sci-fi franchise on a forum with too much fervor, you are ruled a fanboy. However, geeks everywhere can rejoice knowing that this word was first used to describe their archenemies – jocks. Right at the beginning of the 20th century, the word was used to refer to sports fans, although back then it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Booze

Sling Origins Booze

Here’s a shocker – humans have always loved alcohol
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In its strictest sense, booze is supposed to mean a potable liquid, but it is used as slang for alcohol. However, the OED again lists its usage much farther back than we would expect. It can be found in a compendium of slang words dating all the way back to the mid 19th century and it is also found in a court report from 1896 printed by the Daily Telegraph. Supposedly it is derived from the Middle Dutch word “busen” which means “to drink heavily”.

Kinky

Sling Origins Kinky

Sir, are you aware that you are driving a kinky car?
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Sarah Martinet Captures True Beauty In These Aerial Photographs of Iceland

August 23, 2014

Using incredible aerial photography techniques, Sarah Martinet presents Iceland’s landscapes like no photographer has ever done before. Her aerial photos of Iceland—which were taken from an open-window airplane—display curling blue streams, snowy mountains and effortless waterfalls from an entirely new perspective. Check out these surreal aerial photographs of Iceland, then head to the Martinet’s website to purchase some prints.

Surreal Photos of Iceland

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A World War I Veteran Gets Fitted For A Face Mask In 1918

August 22, 2014

World War One Veteran Fitted For Face Mask

As the world recognizes the centennial of one of the deadliest events in world history, we bring you one of the most touching–and devastating–moments of them all. As World War One came at a time of mass industrialization, soldiers were effectively test dummies to the first devices that comprised modern warfare.

Countless soldiers were dismembered, disfigured and killed at the hands of these new machines, which placed a huge demand on surgeons and artists alike to work together to forge solutions for those who survived but were unrecognizable. One of the first was the introduction of the face mask, as seen above. Interestingly enough, it was at a time of unspeakable tragedy and necessity–not an influx of demands by a vain elite–that what is considered to be modern plastic surgery really took off, with surgeons providing veterans a face that their loved ones might recognize when they returned home from the trenches.

To read more about the medical innovations that were spawned out of World War One, check out our article on it.