Open Thread: Slangin' Out
We've got a discussion in the works on our Facebook page about the phrase "how's it hanging?" that I thought I'd bring to the blog as well. What's the deal with how's it hanging? (Asked in my best Jerry Seinfeld voice, of course.) Is it sexist? Does it refer to a dangling penis, or is it just a way to say hey? And what other slang terms are we using that are secretly SEXUAL?
In an editorial meeting here at Bitch HQ this morning, it was revealed that two out of five of us had never thought of "how's it hanging?" as referring to genitalia of any sort. The other three of us are pervs, apparently. One us has actually subverted the phrase and turned it into "how are they hanging?" (which we decided could mean breasts, testicles, butt cheeks, eyelids, tummy rolls, or really anything else dangly) and made it more inclusive. But, as we chatted about the phrase, we thought of a few others that have very genital-focused connotations that we usually don't think about. Some examples:
• This sucks
• I screwed up (I got in trouble for saying this in sixth grade and was totally confused)
• That blows
• He's a dork (as we all learned in elementary school, a dork is in fact a penis – even if it is a whale penis)
• You're such a tool
• Don't be a boob
So basically our language is peppered with dirty, sexy phrases, many of which refer to what Kotex would call "down there." Is this a problem? Should we stop saying things that have a sexual connotation, or have these words become so ingrained into our vocabulary that they no longer carry a hidden meaning? Do you say this stuff? If not, what do you say instead? It's an open thread! Let's do this thing! (Oh, is that a hidden sex phrase too? Yikes, they're impossible to avoid!)
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