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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Ferguson Protests Through The Eyes Of A Teenager

August 21, 2014

Throughout the Ferguson riots, we’ve heard from journalists, activists and–after some significant delays–the police. But the voices of teenagers, those whose ages render them closest to the now-deceased Mike Brown, have certainly been missing. People at Transient Pictures have followed some of these teens in the wake of the killing and riots, documenting the questions they’ve raised since, how they’ve tried to cope with such a loss and broader issues of race, security and their place in it all.

Watch this. Share this. Talk about this.

For more photos of the riots in Missouri, check out our gallery.

Seven Women Who Have Absolutely Mastered Makeup

August 20, 2014
Mouthful Makeup Popeye

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Some women wear makeup to appear more mature, sexy or chic. Others wear it to look like…Popeye. Or Nemo. Or, you know, a Powerpuff Girl. These potions, creams and salves are often used to enhance what already exists, but these women prove that makeup can also be used for more lighthearted, entirely creative purposes. Maybe nix the eyeshadow genie for the job interview, though.

Genie Mouth

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Mouthful Makeup Fish

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A Dwarf Documents His Life And Interactions With Others In New York City

August 19, 2014

Jonathan Novick gives us a rare insight into dwarfism–and not the kind of “rare insights” that appear nightly on TLC–in this short-length documentary, “Don’t Look Down on Me”. Novick has been living in the city for a little over a year now, and while the experience has been good in general, some of the encounters he’s had have been incredibly frustrating. With the help of a button cam, he shows us how.

The Scariest Riots To Take Place In 2014…So Far

August 18, 2014

National and international news sources have spent the past several days keeping a close eye on the riots rocking Ferguson, Missouri, which followed the killing of an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown. While fears of the implications of a militarized police state in the US have abounded, perhaps the most troubling aspect of it all is that the Missouri footage doesn’t seem all that new to us.

In 2014, we’ve seen urban and rural zones–from Kiev to Ankara to Caracas–ablaze in protests of corruption, economies in shambles, and abuses of power, among others. We highlight some of the most dramatic of them all below.

Scariest Riots: Ukraine

The chaotic scene in Ukraine changes on the hour, but thankfully its history does not. Ukraine straddles the border between Europe and Russia, and its geography finds itself deeply embedded and deterministic of cultural identity. The east is predominantly “pro-Russia”, with the west trying to forge closer bonds with the European Union. Given its identity ties and trade deals with Ukraine, the Kremlin is deeply invested in maintaining a pro-Russia presidency, which largely explains its current occupation of Crimea and major propaganda-pumping about…well, nearly everything that’s remotely relevant to the region.

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This UV Camera Shows Exactly Why You Need To Wear Sunscreen

August 17, 2014

No, your mother isn’t just being a nag. While slapping on sunscreen might not make you the coolest person at the beach, it will save you from the horror that so many in this video have experienced when they take a look at their mug through a UV camera.