Tag Archives: Lingo


Puff Puff Pass

Main Piece:  The following is transcribed from a conversation between the informant and the interviewer. Interviewer: So you’re an avid weed smoker, right? Informant: oh yeah, I’ve been smoking basically everyday since highschool.  Interviewer: Dope, dope my guy… So I know there’s a lot of stoner-specific terms which are thrown around when people are smoking… Continue Reading »

“Fish” as folk speech to describe femininity in the drag community

Main Piece Informant: In the gay community, fish or being fishy refers to how uhh accurately a drag queen presents as a biological female, I guess. This is hard to explain because I use it all the time, haha. Usually we say “oh, she is serving fish” or “oh, she is fishy” which is usually… Continue Reading »

“Karen” as a folk term

Main Piece Interviewer: What does “Karen” mean? Informant: Karen is an internet slang word to describe a  very entitled, middle-class white woman. Or a boomer white woman. They are often blonde and they often have very short haircuts. They usually like to speak and the managers, and then proceed to yell at the entry-level employees… Continue Reading »