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Positive Slang Lesson – Lesson 5

by Katheryn Reilly

Slang that Indicates Negatives


Many words in the English language have more than one meaning. Slang words are words that are used in conversation differently than their definitions in a dictionary. Friends often use slang when speaking to one another; however, they are not typically appropriate in a professional setting such as a work setting. Below are slang words that indicate a negative and how they can be appropriately used in conversation.


1. Zilch
Zilch is used in conversation to describe something that is an absolute zero quantity. It is used to describe when an individual has nothing of a particular item.

Speaker: “Do you have enough money to buy a movie ticket?” “I have zilch.”
Your turn: Write a sentence describing something you have zilch of:

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2. Nada
Nada is borrowed from Spanish, and is a very popular slang word used in everyday conversation. Nada is used to indicate that the speaker has none of something.

Speaker: “I have nada experience in mowing lawns.”
Your turn: Use nada in a sentence describing something you have nothing of:

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3. Snookered
This word is used when an individual feels cheated or tricked, typically in a retail type of situation.

Speaker: “I went to the new shoe store and got snookered—they way overcharged me!”
Your turn: Write a sentence describing a time you were snookered.

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4. Epic Fail
This slang phrase is used to describe a situation that goes horribly, horribly wrong.

Speaker: “That tight rope walker had an epic fail when he lost his balance during the show.”
Your turn: Write a sentence describing a historic epic fail:
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