Thursday, July 10, 2008

Slang Sling: Fancy-Pants Edition

I like the expression:
"putting on airs"
I can't say why, but it seems to perfectly capture the idea of someone getting too big for their britches.*

What expressions are you liking?

* Another great expression. ("Fancy pants". "Too big for britches". What's the connection between high-falutin'-ness and legwear?)


  1. "Since Christ was a corporal"

    sort of a rarity, more common in the military, no doubt-- means "hasn't happened in a long time".

  2. Anonymous11:00 PM

    leg drama, n.
    a ballet

    (Or, any kind of dance that involves fancy-pants, I say.)

  3. "She wears comfortable shoes" (she's a lesbian)

  4. For that matter, when did footwear come to be associated with sexuality? "Light in the loafers"... "comfortable shoes"... "wide stance"?

    Bonus quote from "Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" to tie it all together:

    "Look at that black boy passing, will you? Them brichie legs is half way his thighs. He needs to put sugar in his shoes to sweet talk his brichie legs down. And did you notice he didn’t speak to old Aunt Pinkie. Young folks ain’t got no manners these days."
    -- Pinkie Howard, El Dorado, Ark.

  5. Anonymous12:28 PM

    I still like " eating high on the hog"!

  6. Anonymous12:26 PM

    I've been thinking about some fine expressions I learned from the Wire:

    "Off the hook" to mean 'seriously messsed up'. (I heard this in real Baltimore life this morning.)

    "In the wind", meaning, 'of no fixed address'.

  7. thinner than joe on the atkins diet

  8. isn't about high and mighty-ness but about an article of clothing:

    don't get your panties in a wad (interchangeable with bunch).


  9. One that my 6th grade teacher (who had a real thick Texas accent) used to say to us in response to a question when the answer was no...
    "Does a chicken have lips?"

  10. "There's enough room in here to swing a cat" has always freaked me out, and yet "tickled my fancy" which is also a good one.

    I've also been perplexed by "I'm goin' to take a dump" because I always leave mine.

    When talkin' 'bout my seven year old I've pondered: "Cute as a bugs ear"