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September 14, 2005
Slang of the Week: Endsville (noun)
the end, the worst

After Sally was caught cheating on the chemistry exam, her college career was Endsville.

Celebrity quote:
“It’s Endsville for that bum Osama. Time to send him to the big casino. That Clyde can’t hide. When that crumb is gone, ring-a-ding.”
-Columnist Maureen Dowd

Although she’s writing on international affairs, Dowd is using slang associated with Frank Sinatra and his pallies (Sinatra’s word for friends.) The “Rat Pack” he spent time with included actors Peter Lawford and Shirley MacLaine and singers Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin.

In Sinatra’s lexicon, ring-a-ding was great and crumb and bums were lowly people to be despised. But he used the word clyde for just about everything. “If I want someone to pass the salt, I would say, ‘Pass the clyde,” he once explained, “‘I have to go to the clyde’ could mean ‘I have to go to the party.’”

Sinatra, also known as “Old Blue Eyes” and “the Chairman of the Board,” was as famous for his luck with the broads (his word for women, now considered derogatory) and getting smashed (drunk) as he was for his many hit songs and movies. A gambler who liked late nights, he once remarked, “Fresh air makes me throw up. I can't handle it. I'd rather be around three Denobili cigars blowing in my face all night.”

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