|Welcome. This glossary
describes some of the slang, in-jokes and obscure references
used among the Bahá'í youth community of the
Ottawa region. A large part of it developed around the activities
of the Campus Association for Bahá'í Studies
(CABS) at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa.
You may wish to read an introduction to the Bahá'í
Faith before you start. It may help you to understand
some things. Certain Bahá'í terms have been
included here for convenience.
Bahá'í communities are generally quite diverse,
and the Ottawa Bahá'í youth are no exception.
Members have come from such places as Cameroon, Gabon, Nigeria,
Iran, Iraq, the United States, and all around Canada, speaking
English, French, Arabic, Persian, and who knows what else.
As such, our slang is quite a patchwork. I hope you enjoy
learning about it as much as we enjoy making it up.
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slurred pronunciation of "all right".
person who takes charge in a group; leader, either in
thought or (as is often the case) in action. "Everyone just
stands around chatting after CABS meetings. We need an alpha-male
to get us out the door." [W]
note that popular usage of this term allows a female
to be called an alpha-male. the term "alpha-female"
is generally not used in the same context.
an interjection that is best used when the subject never had anything
to say in the first place. "Man, I'm tired." "And
then?" this term comes from the movie Dude, Where's My Car?
an expression often used after recounting a negative
state of affairs, such as the death of a loved one, the foreclosure
of one's mortgage, a failing grade in an important class, and
so on. The unspoken implication is that much worse things could
have happened (for example: "at least a meteor didn't
fall on my head"). "My father, he just died." "Oh
no, that's terrible!" "Well, at least."
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Persian for "father" or "daddy". Often used
as a vocative -- a way of addressing someone -- in the same way
as "dude" or "man" (e.g. "Hey baba, what's
up?" rather than "Hey man, what's up?")
Persian for "who's your daddy?"
The Break-Down of Society. in the long run, what most of the world's
troubles can be attributed to. used in a variation of the well-known
game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon; the challenge here is to link
anything (say, flowers) to the Break-Down of Society using the
fewest links possible.
ben de tings
similar to 'oh well', or 'que sera sera'. an expression of detached
disappointment, implying that life will go on. resulting from
the fusion of ben well and tings
an interjection equivalent to a shrug, like 'oh well'. 'ben' is
pronounced as in quebec french, with the 'en' sounding like a
nasal 'eh'. interestingly, a rough translation of 'ben' would
be 'well'. See ben de tings.
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are a particular form of devotional
meeting that mixes prayer and devotion with fun, food,
games, and general hilarity. appeals particularly to youth. see
a favourite game for late-night amusement among the CABS crew,
often giving rise to much hilarity and/or confusion. See scrouge,
classes that provide spiritual and moral education to children
- usually from ages 5 to 11. along with study
circles and devotional
meetings, one of the three main core
relax, hang out, enjoy oneself with little pressure or distraction
to ruin the mood. "We're just chilling and listening to phat
beats... want to come over?" also used as an adjective to
describe someone who has an even temperament and goes with the
flow of life. "He's pretty chill, he never seems to even
get angry." See chill out, chillax.
basically synonymous to chill, but
also taken to mean 'calm down' or 'settle down', especially when
addressing or describing someone who is visibly emotional. "Dude,
you're yelling... chill out!" See chill,
a fusion of 'chill' and 'relax'. See chill,
chill out. [W]
a series of photos which, when taken in sequence, simulate
some sort of movement or action.
activities that make up the core of Baha'i Community life worldwide.
there are three generally recognized core activities: devotional
meetings, study circles
and children's classes.
other common parts of Baha'i Community life include reflection
and the 19-day Feast.
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an exclamation used in the presence of someone who is prone to
act erratically or in an extreme fashion (i.e. jumping on people's
backs). this usage may have evolved as a warning to others to
get out of said person's way. see j-u-m-p.
a meeting held for the purpose of deepening one's understanding
of something, generally the Writings of the Bahá'í
Faith. today, deepening meetings have largely been replaced by
contraction of ben de tings.
corner store; a store which stocks commonly requested
items just in case you run out. the word is from Québec
french, derived from the term "panne" (meaning lack
- therefore, a store that supplies what you lack). [W]
short for devotional meeting.
a prayer meeting open to all faiths. 'devotional' comes from the
concept that regular prayer is part of devotion to God. along
with study circles and children's
classes, one of the three main core
foolish, lame or witless person. "He tried to ram a jeep
into the Parliament buildings -- what a dink!" also used
in adjective form, like e. "Yeah,
that guy's super-dink." may
unwittingly have been derived from a racial slur coined during
the Vietnam War; however, the term has lost this connotation through
a carbonated, yogurt-based drink popular in Iran and
surrounding areas. [W]
Don't Trust Anyone. the first rule of playing Risk.
a fast-paced card game played with one deck per player. each player
starts with a hand drawn from his or her deck, and several cards
are drawn into the middle to serve as foundation piles. the object
of the game is to get rid of all one's cards by placing them one
by one on the top card in one of the foundation piles. the card
placed must be one higher in rank/number (or, in the case of a
king, an ace) than the card it is placed upon. usually results
in a mess.
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a multipurpose term that generally means 'bad' or 'undesirable'.
"This teacher's given me three F's in a row, he's e."
"Don't go see that movie, it's e."
this term was originally a contraction of e-shorts. when it was
first invented it originally meant 'good', much like wack. it
passed through a phase of mixed use as 'good' or 'bad', but finally
settled on the 'bad' usage. See you're e,
yuri pachenkov, e-shorts.
a guy from PNG who wears funny-looking shorts. unwittingly launched
the e phenomenon. it's a long story.
one of three imaginary people who usually hang out with you. elpedia
is female. See yuri pachenkov,
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a term used during conversation when one has nothing else to add,
or has no arguments against another's discourse. usually invites
the other to continue. from "fair enough".
the vegetarian alternative to a shawarma.
falafel itself consists of crushed chickpeas, rolled into balls
and deep-fried. these individual falafels are flattened on pita
bread, and garnished with lettuce, tomato, parsley and pickled
turnips, and rolled into a cylindrical sandwich, just like a shawarma.
refers to the 19-day Feast, a regular meeting of Bahá'ís
consisting of prayer, consultation and socializing (and food!)
The 19-day Feast is one of the basic elements of Bahá'í
community life, as it provides all Bahá'ís with
the opportunity to meet together on a regular basis and to give
their input on the administrative affairs of the Faith.
a friendly encounter in someone's home, for the purpose of introducing
someone to the Bahá'í Faith. comes from Franklin
D. Roosevelt's "fireside chats" -- presidential addresses
made more intimate by holding them in his home, by the fire.
cool, attractive, together. someone you'd like to be around. calling
someone fly is a compliment and, between sexes, may indicate that
the speaker is j over the subject. "You're
pretty fly for a white guy." "Man, that girl at the
bead store was real fly." contrast with e.
A not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation based
in Colombia, dedicated to human socio-economic, intellectual and
spiritual development, particularly in rural areas. FUNDAEC
(often incorrectly pronounced "fundy-ack") stands for
"Fundación par la Applicacion y Ensenanza de las Ciencias,"
or, in English, "Foundation for the Application and Teaching
of the Sciences."
Popular usage of this term often refers to the series of university-level
courses developed by FUNDAEC and used as a form of distance education
to promote the development of intellectual and spiritual characteristics
needed for effective social action. These courses often take the
form of study circles.
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gay, or a gay person. someone with homosexual tendencies. "He's
a g." or: "He's g."
persian for "confused", or "scatterbrained".
used in the same way as "crazy". "You want to fit
ten people into a Toyota Echo?! You're geej!"
particularly memorable, excellent, or praiseworthy. probably
an allusion to the recording industry's practice of gold-plating
albums that sell a certain amount of copies. "He did WHAT?
an atmospheric term that describes something generally low-class
and dirty (e.g. a restaurant - "greazy" is a slur of
the term "greasy", probably as in "greasy spoon").
"Man, that guy behind the counter at the dépanneur
looked pretty greazy."
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a popular multiplayer video game involving blowing people
up with a wide variety of interesting weapons, including machine
guns, rocket launchers, grenades, and tanks. a nice way to end
a night of hanging out (although the enjoyment to be had by playing
is a matter of taste). see j-lo.
a familiar name given to a popular venue for Baha'i events
in Ottawa, known as "Harmony Gardens".
see playing the Hatcher card.
he's coming to the deepening
said jokingly of someone who makes a ruckus while you're trying
to talk to someone or go somewhere, the implication perhaps being
that they will get straightened out. The subject must be making
said ruckus in public. "Hey, that street preacher's pretty
loud." "Yeah, he's coming to the deepening later."
deepening can be replaced by
study circle, fireside,
meeting or whatever else.
head out, leave. Sometimes pronounced 'heed'. "I'm
gonna head, I'll see you later." See peace,
persian for "animal". Used jokingly between friends;
to be heyvoon (or to be a heyvoon) is to be uncouth,
grotesque, wild, licentious. Particularly used to describe someone
eating in a rapid, messy or rude way. "heyvooning" is
also said to indicate the act of being heyvoon. compare with sauvage.
WARNING: Absolutely NOT for use in any sort of
polite conversation with persians, as the term is very offensive.
outdo, outperform, or outwit; sometimes used after a particularly
stinging insult or a spectacular victory over an opponent. "Man,
checkmate in four moves! He just housed you!" "Dude,
he called you an invertebrate. You got housed." Pronounced
with a 'z' sound.
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the process of bringing a community closer to the message of Bahá'u'lláh
through investigation and consultation on the Bahá'í
Writings. generally this is done through courses based on the
Writings, offered by an institute (such as the Ruhi Institute
in Colombia, whose courses are adapted and used by the Canadian
Bahá'í community), and through service based on
those courses. see study circle.
pronounced "ee-way". a vocative particle -
equivalent to "yo" - which enjoys popular use in Zambia.
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in love with, or infatuated with a person. "She's
j over him."
plays halo. she'll beat you to a
messed up, worn out, run through the wringer. could also refer
to tiredness due to a hectic day. "They made me take another
course, so my schedule got jacked." "I just spent sixteen
hours at work -- I'm pretty jacked."
when you want quality, go to Jadeland. Jadeland is the current
favourite of the Carleton CABS. Located in Ottawa's Chinatown
at 625 Somerset St. West, it's a Szechuan/Cantonese restaurant
that always seems to be busy - probably because the food is so
a get-together of musicians. each participant brings their favourite
instrument and plays as part of an ensemble. jamming is often
improvised. "Hey, there's a jam going on tonight at Aram
and Ayafor's place!" "Hey, you play bass? We should
get together and jam."
equivalent to joon.
"dear" in persian. usually suffixed to someone's name
to indicate familiarity and affection. "Elhamjoon, is the
tea ready?" equivalent to jan.
the act of jumping on something (or, as is most often
the case, someone).
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keep it real
be genuine, don't put up a front, do your best, go with the flow
of things and don't get upset. may imply a certain grounding in
reality and living in the present moment. "Man, that Rudy
Giuliani really keeps it real."
a type of Persian kebab made of ground beef, egg, onions,
garlic, tomato and spices, mixed, formed into elongated logs,
skewered and broiled. usually served with rice and grilled tomato.
it's good (unless you don't eat meat). [W]
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an area just south of Ottawa University best known for
the five apartment buildings jutting out from it. due to its proximity
to the University and its easy accessibility from Highway 417
and from public transport, it has become both a popular place
to live and a good gathering place for various events.
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a misspelling of the movie title "The Graduate"
that caused unbridled consternation and insanity.
proof that staying up past 3 AM playing charades
is a bad idea. see also scrouge.
persian for 'gammon', or the act of bringing all one's backgammon
tokens into the home rack while the opposing player has yet to
bring any tokens home -- a shut-out. Being 'marsed', or losing
to an opponent in this way, is a particularly humiliating occurrence.
"Darn it! Marsed again!" pronounced with an 's' sound,
not a 'z' sound. see takhteh.
a late-night call-in show once hosted on CHUO, the University
of Ottawa's campus radio station, by Tom Green, Ottawa-born shock
comic. during the time it aired (mid-1990s), several CABS members
were regular callers. From everything2.com:
In 1990, Tom Green hosted a rap show on Ottawa's CHUO radio
station. It was appropriately called Rap Show. In 1993 he renamed
the show to "The Midnight Caller", and changed its
vocation to a call-in, talk/comedy show. The show had quite
a cult following in Ottawa. People would call in to discuss
different subjects Tom had chosen, or simply to talk about something
else (that resulted in a lot of people being hung-up on, and
a lot of absolute nonsense). One of the very cool things he
used to do is organize late night soccer games on Parliament
Hill (at 2AM!); try doing that at the White House.
good, favourable. when said of people, indicates admiration of
the subject's dependability, skill, generosity, or general virtue.
"Man, you really pulled us through on that assignment --
you're money." "This apartment is money!" See phat.
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literally, "don't!" in persian.
when it's too late for anything else, go to nickels. a diner-style
restaurant at the corner of Dalhousie and George St. in Ottawa.
the chain is owned by Canadian pop diva Céline Dion, so
there are big pictures of her at the door, but all in all it's
not too bad. they're open 24 hours and they serve decent food,
and some impressive desserts.
nothing, or nothing of importance. refers to the low
value of non-face cards in certain card games.
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a round of pizza dough filled with cheese, sauce and other toppings,
folded over and sealed, and deep-fried or baked. basically a folded-over
pizza, similar to a pizza pocket (or a calzone, except that a
panzerotti has no holes in it). it is not, as some have commented,
italian food made out of panzer tanks.
a way of saying farewell. probably from 'peace be upon you', a
traditional muslim greeting. Also used like head,
as in "I'm gonna peace, I'll see you later." Depending
on the context and inflection, it can also be used to dismiss
an idea or proposition. "Spend five nights in the woods with
no bug spray? Peace." See also head,
peace out, peace
to you, scissors. [W]
A way of saying farewell. equivalent to peace.
Also used like head, as in "I'm
gonna peace out, I'll see you later." see head,
peace to you
equivalent to 'get out of here', with a shade of you're
e. probably similar to 'nuts to you'. where peace
can be used to dismiss an idea or proposition, peace to you
can be used to dismiss a person (although in a somewhat insulting
way). See peace, you're
pretty nasty term. probably from the french "pédéraste".
I'll let you figure it out.
child of persian parents who grew up in an anglophone environment,
but still has a functional knowledge of Farsi.
the world's most perfect workshop topic.
good, pleasing, impressive. often said of funky music with a good
beat. "We've got some phat beats playing right now."
"Your new car's pretty phat." See money.
playing the Hatcher card
inviting a well-known and well-respected speaker to give a one-off
lecture in order to boost the public image of a campus club is
called "playing the Hatcher card". A reference to one
of the most popular academic Baha'i speakers, William
S. Hatcher, founder of the Minimalist school of philosophy.
can also be adapted to other popular speakers, (e.g.: "playing
the _______ card").
Papua New Guinea.
a dinner party at which the participants bring food and drinks
for all. often followed by entertainment such as jamming,
chess or playstation. [W]
a dish composed of french fries topped with cheese curds and gravy.
it's a Quebec import, and it's actually quite good (although not
good for you).
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"Hi, my name is Quddús, but you can call me Q."
an interjection used to indicate to the listener that
what he just said was so silly, embarassing, stupid, or shameful
that it deserves to be quoted and emblazoned on the Internet for
all to see. "Quoted!"
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one of three imaginary people who usually hang out with you. See
yuri pachenkov, elpedia
the movie Reservoir Dogs. rd may be e,
depending on how you look at it.
there are three major elements necessary in any cycle of development:
consultation (consult on what to do next), action (do it) and
reflection (reflect on how well it worked). reflection meetings
are the main venue for the latter in the Baha'i Community, giving
all members a chance to reflect together on how the life, development
and growth of their community is progressing. they are generally
regular gatherings at which guidance is studied, and individuals
share experiences and lessons learned with the intention of discovering
the best way to proceed.
a game best played in an all-night session. the object is to conquer
the world through strategy (and good dice-rolling). all those
who play Risk must sign the customized rule sheet. Risk often
entails a great deal of trash talk. See DTA,
See also tock. [W]
a variant of the card game Hearts, similar to shalem.
certain variations in the rules
of play distinguish it from "classic" shalem.
for a change of scenery, go to the Royal Thai. a Thai
restaurant at the corner of Dalhousie and Murray St. in Ottawa.
closes at 10:30 pm all week. it's good, and it's pretty cheap.
persian for 'of the spirit' (and not 'lion' as some may claim).
when Bahá'ís say 'Ruhi', they generally mean the
sequence of courses offered by the Ruhi Institute in Colombia.
these courses are offered as part of a dynamic curriculum meant
to build skills of service, which, in turn, can be used to build
a community. the courses involve examination of and interaction
with the writings of the Bahá'í Faith, so as to
understand their meaning and apply them to the real world. See
institute process, study
ruhi the frog
a plush frog thrown around a circle, where the person
to catch the frog must recite a quotation or answer a question.
can be any plush toy; for example, "ruhi-the-pooh".
this practice adapts itself well to study
circles. See ruhi.
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french for "wild". Used to indicate something
socially, morally or ethically unacceptable. "He's eating
spaghetti with his hands -- that's sauvage!" compare with
a negative response, equivalent to "no". often
accompanied by a scissor-like gesture with two fingers of one
hand. see peace, peace to you.
also 'screw over'. to cheat someone or make life difficult for
them. "He just took your parking spot! You got screwed!"
"You plowed through Siam and took out all my armies in Australia.
You screwed me!"
pronounced with a short o sound, as in "hour".
a neologism whose meaning is still evolving, although it bears
resemblance to jacked. the term
arose from a disastrous game of charades
in which a misspelled movie title gave rise to intractable confusion.
the term is thus usually accompanied by inexplicable hand gestures.
see charades, Maduate
pronounced "shuh-LEM", accent on the second
syllable. A persian variant of the card game Hearts. Differences
include point values for certain cards, betting, strategy, and
more. The rules are fairly simple, and make for an interesting
and (for many) captivating game. see roake.
also called 'gyro' or 'donair'. a shawarma is pita bread topped
with lettuce, tomato, parsley, and pickled turnips, and either
beef or chicken, rolled into a cylindrical sandwich. like a wrap,
but better. gives rise to the expression "Do you like shawarma?"
(best pronounced in a thick middle eastern accent). See falafel.
slurred pronunciation of 'sure enough'. See aaight.
a section of a website devoted to personal messages between
friends. derived from the term shout out.
to honour someone by mentioning their name in a public forum.
plural can be either 'shouts out' or 'shout-outs'. "I'd like
to give shouts out to my Montreal crew..." see shoutbox.
corruption of shawarma.
also pronounced 'shawalla'.
now called Thailand. Siam is the key to the game (of Risk).
this is said because whoever controls Siam controls access to
the continent of Australia, and holding said continent allows
you to have a practically unassailable home base to attack from.
the classic venue for CABS activities. CABS workshops,
potlucks and devotionals
have been held in various places over the years, but no other
place on the University of Ottawa campus has hosted more CABS
activities (since the mid-nineties, anyway) than SMD 123.
see trash talk.
beating, usually imaginary. "I'm gonna lay the smackdown
on him once he gets in." from WWF Smackdown, a weekly wrestling
a group that meets regularly to study something, generally
a workbook. in the Bahá'í Faith, study circles are
usually a part of the institute
process, and combine study of the text at hand with acts
of service and community development. see institute
process, ruhi, FUNDAEC.
along with devotional meetings
and children's classes,
one of the three main core activities.
contraction of "what's up?". used as a greeting among
used as a prefix to an adjective to indicate emphasis.
for example, to be super-e is to be exceptionally e.
to be super-fly is to be exceptionally fly.
and so on.
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short for Táhirih.
take it easy
settle down, chill out. also used as a synonym for peace.
"I've got to go now. Take it easy." "Hey, take
it easy with that bullhorn!" sometimes slurred as "take
persian for 'backgammon'. backgammon is a popular game
in Iran, and many persians are thus quite adept at the game. the
rules of takhteh
may differ from classic backgammon. see mars.
"Thank God" spoken with a Persian accent.
thank you, thank you
a way of thanking the crowd (even a crowd of none) at
the end of a performance, ovation, careless blunder, or even upon
entering a room after having a particularly good day. meant to
sound like elvis, but not an impersonation (ie. no deep elvis
Iran. actually used by some persians. this usage arises because
in Farsi (as in Arabic), certain countries are preceded with "Al",
which is the definite article, or "the" in english.
So "Al-Iran" ("the Iran"), not just "Iran".
Sudan, Iraq, and several other countries take the definite article
in this way. Compare this to "The Congo" (what is now
something you are if you've done something real good. "Double
chocolate donuts? You're the man!" See money.
a nebulous concept, difficult to pin down or define. generally
used without indicating anything, which compounds the confusion.
most often, its purpose is that of a non-sequitur, or a way of
trying to kill a conversation. "How about these?" "What?"
used in a sentence similarly to 'and so on'. the term is derived
from 'things like that', but spoken in a francophone accent. "So
we went to Quebec City and saw the Parliament and the Château
Frontenac, and tings like dat." See ben
pronounced "tuck", short u sound. A traditional game
widely played in Quebec, the game of Tock is simple to learn,
yet can be quite addictive and devastatingly brutal to play. The
goal of the game is to be the first to move one's pieces around
the board into one's home court, using playing cards to advance
and perform several types of special moves. Naturally conducive
to trash talk, much like risk.
self-assured, lacking internal conflict, collected, in the flow
of life, implicitly confident in one's ability to weather difficulties.
if you keep it real, you generally end up being together. "Yeah,
he always knows where he's going. He's really together, you know?"
see keep it real.
belligerent posturing, bluffing and boastfulness. meant to discourage
one's opponent, especially in Risk,
shalem or tock.
trash talk is especially humorous when playing games not expected
to contain trash talk, such as chess, tiddlywinks or dutch
type 2 diabetes (or non-insulin-dependent diabetes) occurs
when the human body does not produce enough insulin to metabolize
sugar, leading to a high blood sugar level. About 90 to 95 percent
of people who have diabetes have type 2 diabetes. "Eating
sweets again? I'm telling you man, you're in for type 2!"
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one of the republics of the former Soviet Union. also
one of the countries on a Risk board. Risk's Ukraine was immortalized
by Seinfeld's Kramer when he yelled "The Ukraine
is WEAK!" on a subway (eliciting the anger of a nearby ukrainian
gentleman). The Ukraine is generally a difficult country to hold
in Risk, because there are so many ways to attack it. The Ukraine
must be heavily fortified to hold Europe. see risk.
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an expression of satisfaction with the situation at hand. sounds
less enthusiastic than it should. "Dinner's ready? Very nice."
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bad or unfortunate. generally equivalent to e, but perhaps with
more disastrous overtones. "You failed all your midterms?
That's wack!" See e. [W]
repeated occurrence of something, probably involving multiple
overlapping occurrences. "We envision wave after wave of
an interjection of disbelief, confusion or consternation. "Hey,
we're going to go run your car into the canal." "What
the?!?" sometimes followed by you're
a regular CABS event at which a speaker presents a topic and discussion
ensues (or a lecture ensues, depending on the speaker). topics
are broad, but always have some sort of connection with the Bahá'í
Faith and/or its principles. often, such workshops stem from the
work of individual members in their own field; theses and term
papers are sometimes presented in workshops.
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you're lame, not worth talking to or hanging around with. among
friends, a term of endearment and playful reproach. best used
if delivered deadpan. best not said to people who aren't friends.
See e, yuri
whereas in polite company it would be wise not to mention anyone's
mother without due cause, this term is generally thrown around
among friends whenever filler is needed. "So, is your mom
going to the movie tonight?" "Whose is this?" "Your
one of three imaginary people who usually hang out with you. 'yuri'
is a corruption of you're e. See
elpedia carrera, rand
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when in doubt, go to Zak's.
Zak's is the current favourite of the Ottawa CABS. It's a 50's-style
diner at 16 Byward Market Square, not far from the Empire Grill
and the Blue Cactus, that serves standard diner fare (burgers,
sandwiches, poutine, and so on) and is
well-known for its excellent milkshakes.