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More English slang: “lame”

I’m pretty sure this comes from America, but a lot of British youngsters use it now too. It originally means an animal or person has a problem with their leg which affects their movements. The slang meaning is most commonly “uncool” and can also mean “bad.”


“That new song is lame.” (It’s uncool.)

“I don’t like her new hairstyle, it’s lame.” (It’s uncool and/or bad.)

  1. 14/10/2012 at 3:56 PM

    yes it comes from AMERICAN…the south of US

    • 27/10/2012 at 3:18 PM

      Aye, that’s right. And now it is used in the UK, too.

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