half-pint horror (raqs_loki) wrote in linguaphiles,
half-pint horror
raqs_loki
linguaphiles

help remembering an old slang term, please!

This is driving me crazy...it's slang from the 1930s or 1940s, meaning "to fail" or "to screw up". I know it and I can't think of it D:

EDIT: I still can't remember what specifically the word was, but all your suggestions have been helpful. I might just have to do a little homework and figure out which movie I think I heard it in. Thanks!
Subscribe

  • Languages as the 'Parallel Worlds'

    “Language is almost the only window available to us into an unfamiliar world, <...> an opportunity to live several lives at once, moving from…

  • Il donne sa langue au chat

    It is not enough to read French correctly. It is not enough to literally understand what is written. You also need to be French in order to…

  • UDDER and WATER

    To the memory of Vladislav Illich-Svitych. This is just to bring attention to something very ‘Nostratic’ (far beyond ‘Indo-European’ languages —…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 27 comments

  • Languages as the 'Parallel Worlds'

    “Language is almost the only window available to us into an unfamiliar world, <...> an opportunity to live several lives at once, moving from…

  • Il donne sa langue au chat

    It is not enough to read French correctly. It is not enough to literally understand what is written. You also need to be French in order to…

  • UDDER and WATER

    To the memory of Vladislav Illich-Svitych. This is just to bring attention to something very ‘Nostratic’ (far beyond ‘Indo-European’ languages —…