Tone Deaf – Meaning, Origin and Usage

Are you listening to someone play the piano that clearly doesn’t know what they’re doing with the instrument? You could say they’re ‘tone deaf.’ This post unpacks the meaning and origin of this expression. Meaning The expression ‘tone deaf’ means someone with no musical talent or ear for music. It generally describes people with poor […]

Mon Cheri – Meaning, Origin and Usage

Did your partner just call you ‘mon cheri’ in a text? This post unpacks the meaning and origin of this expression. Meaning The expression ‘mon cheri’ translates from French to ‘my love’ in English. ‘Cheri’ means ‘cherished’ in French or something you hold dear to your heart, like your partner. While the French have two […]

Noggin – Meaning, Origin and Usage

Are you looking for a fun, informal, way to tell someone to use their brain or to be careful about protecting their head? The slang word “noggin” may be just what you are looking for. This post unpacks the meaning and history of the term. Meaning The informal but fairly widely-used word noggin means someone’s […]

OOC – Meaning, Origin and Usage

Are you stepping out of character during an online gaming session? Don’t be surprised if people type ‘ooc’ in the chat to put you back on course in the game. This post unpacks the meaning and origin of this expression. Meaning The expression ‘ooc’ is an acronym for several different terms. The most popular use […]

ICK – Meaning, Origin and Usage

Have your feelings changed towards your man? If you suddenly find them repulsive, you could say you have the ‘ick.’ This post unpacks the meaning and origin of this expression. Meaning The expression ‘ick’ means that you find another person despicable or repulsive. Typically, you’ll have a relationship with the person, and you get along […]