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question for all you city-slickers

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by writing irish, Feb 21, 2007.

  1. writing irish

    writing irish Active Member

    What the fuck does "oh, snap" mean?

    I've heard it on NPR and read it in the NY Times. No one out here in the hinterlands says "oh, snap."

    You city folks need to be careful about using slang in your stories, particularly if you're writing for a national audience. People who aren't familiar with the current lexicon in urban circles might not know what the fuck you're saying.

    EDIT: the Urban Dictionary entry for this
    didn't make it that much clearer to me, as the NPR and NYT writers seemed to have used it differently.
  2. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    oh shit
  3. Oz

    Oz Well-Known Member

  4. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    We operate under the assumption that these people do not read. :)
  5. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    It means the person using the term should be beaten with a blunt instrument.
  6. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    Of course, we could run a hick-to-urban glossary every day on A-2.
  7. writing irish

    writing irish Active Member

    That would definitely help my goat-ropin' ass. I went to college with y'all high-tone folk, but I've been out in flyover land for many a moon.
  8. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    but there wouldn't be any room for the People items or the corrections
  9. SoSueMe

    SoSueMe Active Member

    You mean Dayum: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=dayum
  10. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    It means: I am a lame writer trying to be cool/hip.
  11. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    Actually, "snap" is making something of a comeback. It was popular in the mid-'70s and I hadn't heard it in about 25 years until recently.
  12. Lugnuts

    Lugnuts Well-Known Member

    ;D ;D ;D Got a kick out of that post.

    If it's made it to NPR and the Times, it's well past its prime.
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