25 Bizarre And Unexpected Origins Of Today’s Slang

Slang has made its way so much into our everyday language even the dictionaries add words like Google, emoji, and selfie. Slang words came from somewhere and in this list we find out where some of our most common and popular phrases originated. Check out these 25 bizarre and unexpected origins of today’s slang.

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Muggle

Quidditch game

All the Potterheads will be interested in this one. J.K. Rowling likely made the word muggle from the word mug (meaning fool in British English), but muggle used to mean “a tail like that of a fish”, a “female sweetheart”, or a joint of ganja.

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Tricked out

Upgraded honda civic

This one doesn’t go to Xzibit from Pimp My Ride; rather, trick has meant “to dress, to adorn” for a half millennium. That’s where today’s meaning of being decked out comes from.

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Decked out

Trinidad and Tobago carnival

Similarly, to deck something used to be a more common way of “adorning” something, from the Middle Dutch dekken (to cover).

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Deck Someone

Wrestling clotheslining move

We can’t get enough of deck! Deck as in the sense of hitting someone originated around 1953 as a reference to hitting someone so hard they would fall to the deck (a covering or ship platform).

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Geek

Geek Squad car

Geek first showed up in northern Britain in 1876 to refer to a fool. Americans tweaked the meaning and by 1957 it meant “an unsociable and over-diligent student”. Once computers turned up in the 80’s, geek also came to refer to its now second meaning as “an expert in computers or science”, but this meaning isn’t all negative.

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