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Other languages have words that mean false, tacky, or trying too hard, but only the English slang term “cheesy” can fully express something so fake that it stinks like Camembert: “He came up to me at the bar with this big cheesy grin on his face and said, ‘Did it hurt when you fell from heaven?'” See if you can guess the most annoying word in English.
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Surely this word’s transformation is one of the strangest in the English language (which is saying a lot). According to Merriam-Webster, men who exploit prostitutes have been called “pimps” since the 1700s, and since way before then, they’ve been dressing in showy outfits around the world. But only in English has “pimp” become a humorous, semi-favorable verb, meaning to refurbish something, to make it super-fancy, as in the reality TV show Pimp My Ride. You think that’s weird? Check out these bizarre slang words from the 1920s.