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Attitude n American a bad attitude, antisocial behaviour, sullen hostility. This use of the word without ‘an’ or ‘the’ probably derives from the black American prisoners’ shortening of the white authority figures’ phrases ‘bad/negative/antisocial attitude’ or their accusation, ‘You’ve got an attitude problem’. Audi! exclamation American goodbye. This announcement that one is leaving is probably a playful deformation of the phrase ‘I’m out of here’, punning on the brand of German luxury car coveted by young males.
Both usages are most often heard among teenagers and schoolchildren all over the English-speaking world. banjo’d bangtorighst bang to rights adj, adv British caught red-handed, without hope of escape. e. helpless, indefensible). Until the 1970s the term was part of the restricted codes of the police and underworld; since then the phrase has been given wider currency, particularly by the realist plays of G. F. Newman. bang up vb 1. to inject oneself (with heroin or another hard drug). One of many drug-users’ terms with overtones of bravado.
2. the arsehole of the universe / earth / world an extremely unpleasant place, especially one that is dirty, smelly and hot, but now by extension anywhere awful. The phrase was probably coined by troops stationed overseas, prompted by such captions as ‘the pearl of the Orient’ or ‘the gateway to the Pacific’. 3. an extremely unpleasant person, especially one who combines offensiveness with stupidity. fm Page 12 Wednesday, October 25, 2006 12:54 PM arsehole American equivalent asshole, and slightly different in emphasis.