175 definitions by al-in-chgo

Origin probably military. A book soldier is a person caught up in details and procedures, but lacking in experience and insight. Typically used disparagingly, a book soldier typically is a bureaucrat or official of small import enforcing petty rules that the objects of his/her decision see as virtually meaningless. As a result of, or in compensation for, this focus on minute details, the book soldier secures his or her reputation by being, or described as being, head-smart not street-smart, or educated fool, or drone, lacking empathy and grace.
"Second Lieutenant Johnson" was the classic book soldier: He knew ROTC protocol but nothing about actual warfare, or how to handle a platoon for that matter. If he can't find it in the manual, he freaks out. That's why Sarge calls the shots."

"Jason is a sweet person in real life but at work, in Human Resources, he is a total book soldier. He told me once that one of the staff missed making Employee of the Month because of a two-minute discrepancy between the time clock and the sign-in sheet. I guess in a job like that, it pays to be anal, but fortunately that's not the Jason I usually see."
by al-in-chgo September 10, 2010
Keeping a product (usually food or drug) refrigerated or frozen all the way from its creation through its distribution to its point of sale.
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"When these one-pound bags of frozen vegetables got to the store, they were no longer frozen. Someone broke the cold chain somewhere along the way."
by al-in-chgo June 21, 2010
A fake but funny-sounding attempt to use heavy as a noun ("heaviness" would be standard.)
From 1977 Academy Award winning film ANNIE HALL, screenplay Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman:

Alvy Singer (Woody Allen) to girlfriend re rock concert:

"Was it heavy? Did it achieve . . . um, heavyosity?"
by al-in-chgo March 07, 2010
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Scrubby, palm-like bush native to the South Carolina. Widely available dried, ground and put into OTC supplements in capsule form from numerous manufacturers.

Since this herbal product is not regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), empirical claims or benefits are hard to come by. It may be just a nostrum, but many middle-aged men consider it helpful for prostate function or flow.

Manufacturers' recommended dosages are usually one or two capsules per day. Common formulations include 100 mg per capsule for saw palmetto from the berry portion only, or around 500 mg from the overall plant, sometimes including some berry-only derived saw palmetto and other additives such as pygeum and pumpkin seed.

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"Uncle Jerry says saw palmetto makes him hornier because it works with zinc to increase and improve the flow of prostatic fluid."

"Prostatic fluid?"

"Yes, Kyle, the stuff that makes up about two-thirds of your semen."

"Are you sure it isn't just a nostrum with a placebo effect?"

"Could be, but why would my uncle avoid something that he knows has helped him even if the way it works is merely psychological?"

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by al-in-chgo March 07, 2010
It means act like a man, but in a non-sexist way. It is not meant to be chauvinistic or disparage other groups. Similar phrases would be "be a man," "be a mensch," "be a stand-up guy" or "wake up and accept responsibility for your actions."
Judge Marilyn Milian on THE PEOPLE'S COURT occasionally uses the term "man up" in the way described above, somewhat like an earlier TV instruction of hers to "butch up your act" but not so gay-identified. She has been provoked to the "man up" remark when confronted with such clueless men as the biological father who claimed he 'wanted to be a daddy' when he in fact had not visited his son nor contributed to his support, and the man who consistently maintained he had put only a scratch on plaintiff's car when in fact all the witnesses confirmed and all the photographic evidence showed that he had done considerable damage. It would be absurd for Judge Milian to order a woman to "man up" but she has other, analogous remarks, to make to similarly witless or hypocritical women.
by al-in-chgo February 19, 2010
Adjective "butch" (deeply or stereotypically masculine-looking and -acting, applied to both men and women) made into a jocular noun. "Butch" is nowadays almost always an adjective ("I love your butch new leather jacket"), now that the old use as a noun to mean "boy vendor" (newsbutch or news butcher) peaked during the 1950s and is now archaic if not completely obsolete. The closest nominative uses of "butch" are adjuncts or idioms like "butch haircut" or "Harold is a butch top, not a femme bottom."

"Masculinity" means possesion of masculine traits or appearance, while "butchiosity" introduces a note of irony: the appearance or trying to act in a conventionally or socially-acceptable masculine manner expected by the straight world.

"Butchness" is problematic, as it is not consisently used to mean the quality of visible masculinity; instead, the user is often forced into grammatical adaptations like "He behaves in a butch way," or "Sometimes he overcompensates and out-butches himself."

"Butchiosity" is almost certainly a back-formation inspired by the 1977 Woody Allen movie ANNIE HALL (screen play: W. Allen and Marshall Brickman): "Was it heavy a rock concert? Did it achieve . . . heaviosity?"
"Your buddy ought to butch up his act, or he'll never make it in the suburbs." "I don't think it's so much a matter of butchiosity as the fact that he hasn't been around suburbanites since going to college and knows next to nothing about kids, lawnmowers and pro sports."

"Who is that great-looking hunk?" "Oh, him satirically, "her". He looks like a tower of butchiosity but on the inside there's a major flaming queen screaming to be let out."

Compared to "masculinity," "butchiosity" introduces a note of irony: the appearance of masculinity, or trying to appear conventionally masculine. Machismo is lexically coherent as a loan-word from Spanish but has connotations of an ingrained, often unacceptable and patriarchal behavior, overmasculine from the start; or old-fashioned notions of being a man. Instead, "butchiosity"comes with a twist: it can imply a trying-too-hard, self-conscious or overstudied presentation of an image of masculinity, especially in an attempt to meet the straight world's expectations of same.

An act not a trait, as it were.
by al-in-chgo January 24, 2010
Casual way to say "penis." Not considered as vulgar as "cock," "prick," or "dick," almost cute in fact, but definitely not standard. Originally "pecker" was a Southern (USA) usage, but social mobility and innumerable HBO comic roasts have broadened its range.
"I've got Hubert's pecker in my pocket." Said by 1960s US President Lyndon Baines Johnson of his VP Hubert Humphrey, meaning (metaphorically) that Hubert was his bitch politically.

"I'd rather cut my pecker off." Said by same LBJ when told by his physician he had to stop smoking immediately.
by al-in-chgo July 12, 2012

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