10 American Phrases That Probably Confuse The Rest Of The World A Little

10 American Phrases That Probably Confuse The Rest Of The World A Little

They only get stranger the longer you think about them.
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Like any other country, we have slang words and phrases that are probably a bit confusing to anyone from outside the United States.

We have some pretty strange ones, and the more you think about them, the stranger they get. These phrases include but are not limited to:

1. "Bought the farm."

"What, so he moved to the country?" No, he just died and no one was expecting it.

2. "More bang for your buck."

This phrase means "get more for your money" -- could be confusing for those who are unaware that "buck" is a slang word for the American dollar.

3. "Plead the fifth."

As all Americans know, this refers to the fifth amendment of the Constitution: the right to remain silent. Without that context, I could see why a lot of foreigners would be confused by this one.

4. (To give your) "John Hancock."

"...who is John Hancock?" Well, he was -- nevermind, I just mean that I need your signature.

5. "The whole nine yards."

You know, from football? It means to go all out. To do something 100%.

6. "I'll take a raincheck."

No, nowadays it has nothing to do with the weather. Although, fun fact: it originated from the practice of giving ticketholders a pass to a baseball game that had to be rescheduled because of rain.

7. "Spill the beans."

I'm not sure how we got blurting out a secret from this, but here we are.

8. "Quit cold turkey."

In other words, to quit something abruptly. Usually something that is unrelated to lunch meats.

9. "Hop on the bandwagon."

To adopt a mainstream practice or opinion.

10. "Going Dutch."

In a dating scenario, it means that each member of the couple pays for their own meal. Not sure of its affiliation with the Dutch language, though...

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75 Last-Minute College Halloween Costume Ideas

To all the procrastinators out there: I got you.
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Halloween is only a few days away and is a time to have fun getting dressed up as practically anything you want to be. This year, the college gods have blessed us by putting Halloween on a Saturday and if you’re not a freshman, you know what that means: two nights of fun and two different costumes!

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Now if you obsess over Halloween like I do, you probably plan your costume months in advance and wait around until it’s finally time to wear it. Kudos to your crafty self for not procrastinating! But maybe you’re more of a last-minute type of person who scrambles to find a costume the day before Halloween. Or maybe you’re the type of person who wears normal street clothes when you go out on Halloween because you “couldn’t think of anything.” Here are 70 worthy costume options I’ve seen throughout this year's picking process that I would love to see people sporting on Saturday. Feel free to adapt any of these ideas and make them your own!



1. Ginger Bread Man

If you're a red head and I see you dressed like this, I'm buying you a drink.





2. Brawny Man


Nothing's manlier than paper towels.







3. Rosie The Riveter

Girl power.


4. Elmer’s Glue

People will be stuck on you all night!





5. Ned Flanders




6. Ceiling Fan




7. Laziest of the Lazy

Even this is better than wearing no costume at all.






8. Regina George






9. Beanie Baby

How to do it: dress up as any animal you want and wear a paper TY sign around your neck. Easy!




10. Heisenberg

Or, even better, if you happen to own a burger suit, wear it with the hat and glasses and be Heisenburger.




11. When Life Hands You Lemons

Lazy, cheap, and clever. What can be better?




12. Dancing Twins Emoji




13. Bank Emoji




14. Nudist On Strike

Nothing says lazy and last-minute like this!




15. Margarita






16. Franzia

And yes, that is me sophomore year.




17. Sim Getting Out of the Shower

18. Strawberry



Red dress + paper cutouts = this sweet costume!




19. Pineapple

A yellow dress and green paper is all you need!



20. M&Ms


21. Wayne & Garth

Party time! Excellent!




22. Blue & Steve

23. Dora the Explorer

Just please don't make it slutty.




24. Hot Rod


25. Game Boy






26. Reggie Rocket




27. Ace Ventura






28. Energizer Bunny

Keep the party going!

29. Crayon




30. Sriracha

Add a little spice to everyone's night.


31. Dilbert

32. Dexter and His Victim


33. Spice Rack

At least one person might think it's funny?

34. Bamm Bamm & Pebbles


35. Curious George & The Man in the Yellow Hat



AKA one of the cutest things I've seen in a while.





36. Ice Cream Cone







37. Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy



What's better than wearing slippers all night?





38. Lilo and Stitch







39. Kermit the Frog







40. Blair and Serena

XOXO, Gossip Girl.





41. Cat & Dog

For you and your inseparable friend.


42. Spongebob & Patrick


43. Damien from Mean Girls









44. Teletubbies









45. Deviled Egg







46. Pacman Ghost





47. Clueless





48. Miss Universe

Just wear galaxy print and a homemade sash!





49. Cereal Killer







50. Almond Joy and Mounds


Relationship goals amirite?





51. Tom Hanks and Wilson from Castaway







52. Most Interesting Man in the World and Dos Equis







53. Bud Light Year





54. Drunk 1 and Drunk 2




Just be honest with everyone.



55. Pinata


I wouldn't recommend wearing this if it's supposed to rain. I learned that lesson the hard way freshman year.


56. Ash and Pikachu




57. Cruella De Ville and Dalmatian



58. Loofah


Bonus: it doubles as something to sleep on in case you don't make it to your bed.



59. Beer



60. Troll Doll


Your childhood nightmares turned into a costume.



61. Garth & Kat from SNL




62. Target Lady from SNL




63. Moaning Myrtle




64. Death Eater




65. Napoleon Dynamite Characters




66. Taco Bell Sauce Packets




67. Candy Corn



68. Solo Cup





69. Gum Ball Machine




70. Skeleton




71. Cuzco from Emperor's New Groove




72. Darla from Finding Nemo




73. T.J. and Spinelli from Recess




74. Kim Possible


Call me, beep me, if you wanna reach me.



75. Russell & Mr. Fredrickson from "Up"




There you go! Now you have 75 potential costume options, so if you still go out in normal clothes, you'll have to tell people the real reason you're not dressed up: you're lazy. I hope these inspire at least someone and I'd love to see these being rocked this weekend!


Happy Halloween!

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