Slang of the Week: washed-up
no longer popular or successful
tough and dangerous man
Seth knew he was washed-up as a boxer. Even Mini-Me was more
of a badass than he was.
"He's kind of washed-up. He wore a girdle the whole movie.
And spray-on hair? Come on. This is not the Steven Seagal I remember!
I remember a badass."
-Rapper-turned-actor DMX, describing his experience working on the film
Though washed-up sounds like something you might find on the beach,
it comes from vaudeville theater slang of the 1920s. Washing up was what
you did at the end of the day and if you were washed-up, it was
the end of your fifteen minutes of fame.
So what's the opposite of a badass? Not a goodass! Candy-ass
is the word we use to describe feminine, weak and cowardly men.
What's new at Slang City?
In ASK AC, Brian and
his friend are having a debate about the meaning of expression Get
Ur Freak On. What exactly is Missy Elliot talking about?