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January 9, 2003

Slang of the Week: chicken (noun, adjective)

Poor George stayed at home every Saturday night because he was too chicken to ask a girl out.

Celebrity quote:
"I've been looking at a Bentley; I go and visit and pet it, but I'm a chicken."
-Comedian Cedric the Entertainer, talking about his fear of spending money

Chicken is usually a children's insult. For more emphasis, you can say chickenshit, as either a noun or an adjective. However, chicken by itself isn't just for little kids. Teenagers (and other people who don't value their lives) sometimes play chicken. In this game, two cars drive quickly toward each other. The car that changes its path first to avoid a collision is the chicken. Of course, if neither driver chickens out (quits because of fear), then they both buy it (die or suffer serious injuries).

What's new at Slang City?
In ASK AC, Guyx asks for help with slang heard on Friends. "I have tried every dictionary I have without any success." Can AC help? Click and find out!

Announcing the new Slang City Bookstore!
We now offer great books on slang through This month's pick: English as a Second F*cking Language. This book explains body parts, sex acts and bad words with funny examples and detailed discussions of the differences between words like poontang and muff.