Friday, 16 December 2016

Meaning?- 2

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Paddy Wagons

Paddy Wagons
People use paddy wagon all the time to refer to police vans, but it's hardly a harmless expression. "Paddy" was used refer to the Irish, from the late 1700s to the early 1900s, when the vehicles took on the term in reference to the high number of Irish in the police force. Some argue that it refers to a stereotype about the high amount of crime committed by the Irish, but either way, it's pretty offensive. (Source 1 | Source 2 | Photo)



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Drink the Kool Aid

Drink the Kool Aid
Some younger folks don't realize the phrase is a reference to a tragic incident that took place in 1978. It involved 900 men, women, and children dying in one day, all after willingly drinking poisoned grape punch as instructed by Rev. Jim Jones in in the Jonestown Massacre. While both Kool-Aid and Flavor Aid were used in the suicides, Kool-Aid became associated with the expression. (Source | Photo)



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Lame

Lame
Have you ever heard someone claim that something is lame? The original definition of lame refers to physical disabilities, so when people use it as an insult, they may as well be saying "that's so handicapped." (Source 1 | Source 2 | Photo)

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