Letter T – Glossary of English Slang

–  Glossary of English Slang  –


(a) Half-Truth – This is a term to describe some piece f information which contains truth, but also contains information which is not true…  “Virtually all of the conspiracy theory films that are on YouTube are filled with *half-truths*.”

(to) Tackle (something) – This is a slang term which comes from American Football (or most likely from Rugby, long before that) and is used to mean: to accomplish some task which is considered to be a significant accomplishment or some difficult task…  Just as it is difficult to *tackle* a giant Football/Rugby player, sometimes it feels just as difficult to *tackle* some of the difficult tasks of daily life… like the laundry…  or cleaning the toilet… or waking up in the morning. 😀

(to) Tattle – This is a children’s slang term which means the same thing as “(to) Tell On (someone)“.

(a) Tattle-Tale – This is a children’s slang term for the person who “Tattles” (“tell’s on someone”).

(to) Tear It Up – Literally, this expression would probably be used to tear a piece of paper into many pieces.  However, as an prepositional idiomatic phrasal verb, it is used to mean:  To do something REALLY REALLY well.  This is a slang phrase which is popular in the world of music, and extreme sports…  “Though Daniel Radcliffe is known for his role as Harry Potter, he can actually *tear it up* as a rapper too!”  –  “Tony Hawk is such an incredible skateboarder, that he still *tears it up* even though he is well into his fourties.

Tinseltown – This is a slang name for Hollywood.  This is used because – as “tinsel” is sparkly, and everything about being a celebrity is also (idiomatically) “sparkly” – everything in Hollywood is (supposed to be) “sparkly”, just like “tinsel”.

Top-Notch – See: Slang – Letter “N”, for “Notch”

(a) Trail-Blazer – This is a term used to describe someone (or some company) who is probably the first to be doing “something” or at least doing something in a new way, of which there are or will be many others who will imitate this person (or company).  The phrase comes from describing the person who hacks and cuts his or her way through the jungle where there was no trail before, which ultimately makes it much easier for everyone else who follows.

(to be) Tricky – This is a slang term which is often, mistakenly, defined as meaning “difficult”.  But this is an over-simplification and is not necessarily true.  More often than not, a “tricky” situation is not “difficult” but it may be “uncomfortable” and require some finesse and/or creativity to get out of that situation….  “Having to explain why Bob, who has only been with the company for two months, is getting a promotion instead of Susan, who has been with the company for two years, is going to be a very tricky situation.  Especially since Susan is my wife!”

–  ( English Slang – Letter T )  –