181 definitions by al-in-chgo

Roughousing, sometimes mock-wrestling, usually between two boys of similar age. "Horseplay" at first glance looks like actual fighting or wrestling until the more playful "fooling around" element become visible, but horseplay sometimes can deteriorate into real fighting.

A Midwestern urban regionalism means the same but includes a "get your back" connotation: grabass. No one considers that homoerotic.
"I told you, boys, no horseplay standing in line. You're not getting into the theater if you don't stop fooling around like that."
by al-in-chgo August 18, 2010
Two meanings:

(a) A man who is comfortable with or embraces typical working-class dress, usually work clothes, that have changed very little over the years.

(b) A man, usually a young man, who enjoys dressing up but in the outmoded 'square' fashions of the Fifties and early Sixties.

(a) Tom dresses like a bear but he's not gay. In that flannel shirt, work jeans and lace-up boots, he's classically retrosexual.

(b) Jeff loves to scout out fedoras, slim ties and Ivy-League cut suits. The more he looks like Frank Sinatra in the late Fifties or a character from TV's MAD MEN in the early Sixties, he is really pushing the retrosexual button.

by al-in-chgo August 22, 2010
Smarm was the name given to a particularly heavy and cloying hair grease worn by Indian men in the nineteenth century.

Thus a "smarmy" person is cloying, over-ingratiating, oleaginous ("oily"), close, and over-familiar.
"Who was that man who pretended to know you so well?"

"Oh, Kenneth. Ignore him. He confuses charm with smarm."

by al-in-chgo March 25, 2010
The recipient of sex given to him/her by someone who would normally consider that person beneath him/her, or otherwise sexually undesirable.
In Woody Allen's movie CELEBRITY, the Kenneth Branagh character gets tossed a mercy fuck by the starlet played by Melanie Griffith; they both knew there would be no second act, that it was a unique occurrence.

If someone hot wanted to go to bed with you, and you thought they were just doing it as a mercy fuck, would you go ahead and enjoy it, or would pride get in the way?

There is very little difference between a mercy fuck and a pity fuck, but they are not the same as a sympathy fuck, which has more to do with make-up sex. Mercy fuck is more like winning the sex lottery.
by al-in-chgo February 18, 2010
Term adopted by fans of CBS-TV's police-procedural drama, THE MENTALIST. Came from a typically offhanded slighting remark by title character Patrick Jane (Simon Baker). Refers to the kind of just-barely-dressy beachcomber-type sandals often worn by Teresa Lisbon, co-star (Robin Tunney).

"My firm is very conservative and frowns slightly on Lisbon Loafers, even in the summer. Actually, policy is kind of hypocritical because no one minds secretaries in them, but nonetheless it's a big turn-off to HR when a women interviews in them. Unfair, no?"

by al-in-chgo July 01, 2010
Typically a Mutual Fund is an investment fund aimed at individual investors sponsored by an investment (or "mutual fund") house like Fidelity, Vanguard or T. Rowe Price. Each fund holds a "market basket" of stocks or bonds and individual investors buy into the fund by buying a share at "Net Asset Value," which is the total worth of the fund's holdings, calculated every day, divided by the number of shares outstanding. In other words, a mutual fund whose portfolio (value of all holdings) is worth a million dollars that has a hundred thousand shares outstanding will value those shares at ten dollars apiece. A typical stock-based mutual fund can earn its investors money in three ways: the dividends and capital gains that stocks pay out, and possible appreciation of the fund value per share.

For an individual investor, the advantage of owning a mutual fund is that s/he achieves diversity -- mutual funds own more than fifty stocks, on average -- that could not be achieved by buying a typical hundred shares of stock in only a few corporations. The disadvantages of such funds are that the "load" (sales commission) involved in buying or selling such funds can be considerable, and all funds incur some sort of service fees; that's how the investment house earns its money. Also, no "equity" or stock-based investment is guaranteed.
"My broker wants me to buy shares in something called an "open-end fund" but I don't know what that means."

"That's just a way to describe the majority of mutual funds, which remain open to all new investors who have the money to invest in them."

by al-in-chgo March 25, 2010
A Hanna-Barbera canine cartoon saying for "Uh-oh," beginning with THE JETSONS' Astro (1962) and continuing with Scooby-Doo in the Seventies.

Astro tended to speak a kind of English except that words with beginning consonants were replaced with an "R," and "R" was inserted in front of vowels.

Scooby-Doo was less fluent, but was given "Ruh-roh" as a kind of running gag when things were going bad.

Now "Ruh-roh" is sometimes used as a jocular trope where dogs are concerned, as in a recent news story about a dog who was accidentally released by Air Canada from his cage at the San Francisco airport. Rough meaning: "I goofed" or "I'm in trouble."
"Astro, if you don't stop that you're going to be in big trouble."


"Alright Astro, you asked for it, no outdoor privileges all weekend."

"Raw, Rorge!"
by al-in-chgo October 11, 2013
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