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Old 10-29-2007, 03:35 PM
 
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ok...i can figure out "bogus" and "pop"...which by the way is so cool for an outsider to notice the regional dialect/slang in comparison to southern dialect/slang

but does anyone know what a "softball" is??

"so how much I owe ya??..."

"its a softball g, just pay me tomorrow?"

??????

 
Old 10-29-2007, 03:45 PM
 
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the Chicago style of softball uses a 16" size ball, and is slow pitched underhand
Softball -- chicagotribune.com (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/specials/broadband/chi-softball-flashhtml,0,7809662.htmlstory - broken link)

I really havent heard the term used the way you're describing it. But for example, if someone asks a question and another person responds "thats a softball", it refers to it being something very easy to answer (since a 16" softball is easy to hit)
 
Old 10-29-2007, 05:08 PM
 
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I don't know but I would guess it's drug related, especially if it was used in that context.



I'm also from the South so I get a trip off of some of the local slang too. Like how every black person in Chicago calls you "Joe". That ain't my damn name!


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Old 10-29-2007, 08:02 PM
 
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I don't know but I would guess it's drug related, especially if it was used in that context.
lol was also my first guess
 
Old 10-29-2007, 09:38 PM
 
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I'll guess that in Chicago people still refer to sneakers as gym shoes.

Has anyone heard of "the hawk"? That's the very cold winter wind. In January someone will say, "The hawk is out tonite".
 
Old 10-30-2007, 01:13 AM
 
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I don't know but I would guess it's drug related, especially if it was used in that context.



I'm also from the South so I get a trip off of some of the local slang too. Like how every black person in Chicago calls you "Joe". That ain't my damn name!


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Or every mexican calls you Holmes, though I hear they do that in LA as well...
 
Old 10-30-2007, 01:17 AM
 
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Also, people say "hey, you jagggoff!", when you cut them off in traffic......thats so chicago it isn't funny.......sounds like this: "Haaaayyyee yuuuuuu jahhhhhhggoaaaaaffff"!
You haven't lived as a chicagoan unless you hear that. Even women, in which the context of the phrase is essentially meaningless, say it to one another here.
Also, even women will say to other women, "Come on, you guys, lets go".........chicago gangsters used to say "Youse Guys", which is where it came from....
 
Old 10-30-2007, 12:17 PM
 
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ok...i can figure out "bogus" and "pop"...which by the way is so cool for an outsider to notice the regional dialect/slang in comparison to southern dialect/slang

but does anyone know what a "softball" is??

"so how much I owe ya??..."

"its a softball g, just pay me tomorrow?"

??????
You forgot the biggest slang term ALL Chicagoans use when they are addressing someone or a group of people... "Yous guys" It doesn't matter if its a girl or a group of girls or even guys and girls, when addressing them in Chicago it's, "Hey yous guys (now insert reason for calling their attention at this point) ..." Example: Hey yous guys (pause) where are you going? Or, "Did you guys just see 30 Days of Night?"

Gender does not have to be specific in speech in Chicago because apparently to us everyone is a guy. lol
 
Old 10-30-2007, 04:49 PM
 
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"go by me" or "come by me"

Means "go or come over to my house".

Anyways... bet you didn't know there was a plural form of that word.

And softballs are 16" ... those 12" things, nothing soft about those... just bigger sized baseballs is all those are. I swear I was in college when I knew there was a 12" ball. In the hood you only played the 16 inch cause you didn't need mitts and you had to hit them with a big honkin bat.

Still play...
 
Old 10-30-2007, 04:50 PM
 
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I'm not too sure that "you" or "yous guys" is Chicago slang. That is used everywhere I've lived and been in the US. And yes, you'll hear "Holmes" in California all the time.
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