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November 11, 2004

Slang of the Week: daisy dukes (noun phrase)
super-short shorts, especially denim cutoffs

Example:
Stan thought it would be fun to dress in drag as a rap video dancer for Halloween, but he changed his mind after he saw himself in a tube top and a pair of daisy dukes.

Celebrity quote:
“Back in 1995, Carey could be found rollerblading on Coney Island's boardwalk with Little Baby Jesus (a.k.a. Ol' Dirty Bastard), daisy dukes firmly hugging her Botticelli frame.”
-Ed Gonzalez reviewing Mariah Carey’s 2001 movie Glitter on Slant.com

In the 1960s and 70s, this item of clothing was known as hot pants. Hot has long been slang for “sexy” and decades before this fashion was introduced, a person was said to be a hot pants if they experienced strong sexual desire.

The fashion expression changed with The Dukes of Hazzard, which was on television from 1979 to 1985. The series featured the adventures of Southern cousins Bo and Luke Duke as they outwitted enemies Boss Hogg and Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane. The boys’ cousin Daisy Duke was played by Catherine Bach, whose sexy short-short shorts were the subject of many teenage boys’ fantasies.

Like The Brady Bunch, Starsky and Hutch, and Bewitched, this vintage TV show is now being remade as a movie and several stars have competed for Bach’s role. And though Mariah Carey has probably gotten the most attention for wearing daisy dukes in the last few years, her acting skills have not gotten much critical acclaim and it looks like Daisy will be played by Jessica Simpson.

What’s new at Slang City?
All I got to do is tell a girl who I am/Ain't naa chick in here dat I can't have/Bada boom bada bam ba bam! So says Petey Pablo on the Ciara song Goodies. What are goodies? Check out our translation here!