This Week in the Mercury

New Column!


New Column!

Are You Ready to Celebrate Legal Cannabis? Join Us on July 3 for Weed the People! (A Sampling/Celebration Party!)

Bedtime Stories


Bedtime Stories

The Overnight: When Things Get Weird

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Selections from My Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Thu, Jun 14, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Keep it simple, stupid!
  • Keep it simple, stupid!

Continuing my Blogtown series, where I peruse my favorite book in the world, the Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang, Volume II, H-O by J.E. Lighter.

This week's slang is brought to you by the letter "K."

katzenjammer n. 1. an alcoholic hangover; (broadly) great nervousness.
1919: "He left... with... katzenjammer from a couple of milk punches I made for him last night."

have kittens phrase. to become very upset, nervous, or angry.
Used as early as 1900, but this quote is from 1955: "Your grandmother will have kittens when she finds out."

KISS Military, jocular interj. keep it simple, stupid!
1971: "The old 'KISS' formula, 'Keep it simple, stupid,' served as my guide as I built the biography."

knuckle soup n. a punch in the mouth.
1842: "Joe Marsh's distributing knuckle soup... and he wants you to take a sup... knockin' down time'll come afore tomorrow daylight!"

Comments (3)

Showing 1-3 of 3

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-3 of 3

Comments are closed.

All contents © Index Newspapers, LLC

115 SW Ash St. Suite 600
Portland, OR 97204

Contact Info | Privacy Policy | Production Guidelines | Terms of Use | Takedown Policy