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'Gran slang' bridges generation lingo gap

Feb. 20, 2009 at 12:09 PM

LONDON, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- A British firm has created an online "gran slang" guide designed to bridge the generation gap with definitions of words ranging from "hullaballoo" to "d'oh."

Equity release firm Home & Capital Advisers said the "gran slang" Web site was designed to help young people understand the terms used by their elders while providing older users with the same resource for the language of today's kids, The Daily Mail reported Friday.

For the flummoxed teenager struggling to understand a grandparent's speech, the Web site defines "mucker" as friend, "hullaballoo" as a loud noise, a "snifter" as a small drink and "underpinnings" as a lady's undergarments.

Likewise, for adults seeking a better understanding of the latest slang, the dictionary lists "d'oh," the annoyed exclamation popularized by Homer Simpson; "ker-ching," as an expression indicating a monetary gain; and "laters" as a common way of saying goodbye.

"Understanding is a two-way street -- and that's where the 'gran slang' dictionary comes in," Nigel Hare-Scott, managing director of Home & Capital Advisers, told The Daily Mail.

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