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H

"Heroin." [Cont] Sometimes also "the big H."


Hæma-

- See "hema-."


Haffie

"Have To." [Cont.][DV] Jamaican, as in "Don't Haffie Dread" = "(you) don't have to have dreadlocks (to be a Rastafarian)." Another example found in a print interview reads "All I wanna haffie do is just play the music and..."


Hafta

"Have To." [Cont.][DV] As in "people will jest hafta do..."


Hag

1. "A Witch, Sorceress." From the Middle English "hagge," "hegge" or "hege," from the Anglo-Saxon "hægtesse, hæhtis, hæhtisse or hægtes" = "witch," which is a close relative of the Old High German "Hagzisse." See "hex" 1. "Hag" and "hex" are both surprisingly close relatives of "hedge," all coming from a Germanic word for "bush." How exactly these forms developed from the root is highly debatable.


Hag

2. "An Ugly and Frightful Old Woman." From "hag" 1. This meaning goes back to at least the Middle English forms.


Hag

3. "A Female Demon; Fury; Harpy; Fae; Hobgoblin." From "hag" 1. These meanings go back to the Anglo-Saxon forms.


Hag

4. "To Terrify, Frighten; Disturb as a Nightmare." From "hag" 3.


Hagborn

"Born of a Witch or Hag." See "hag" 1, 2 and 3.


Haggish

"Of or Like a Hag." See "hag" 1, 2 and 3.


Hagiocracy

"Government by Ones Considered Holy." From the Greek roots "agios" = "holy" and "krateo" = "to rule, hold sway."


Hagiography

"The Biography of a Saint." From the Greek root "agios" = "holy" and the suffix "-graphy." See "-graphy."


Hagiolatry

"Saint Worship." From the Greek roots "agios" = "holy" and "latreia" = "service to the gods, divine worship."


Hagiophobia

"An Irrational Fear of Saints or Holy Things." From the Greek root "agios" = "holy" and the suffix "-phobia." See "-phobia."


Hal-, Halo-

"Salt; Sea." From the Greek "al-" or "alo-," the combining form of "als," which can mean either "salt" or "sea." While we might assume this to become an etymological chicken or egg, it seems from the distribution of words in the Indo-European languages that it first meant "salt" and was later applied to the "sea" as "salt water."


Half-ro

"A Partially Grown Out Afro haircut." Short for "Half an Afro."


Haligraphy

"A Treatise on Salt." See "hal-" and "-graphy."


Halite

"Rock Salt." See "hal-" and "-lite."


Halography

"The Description of Salts." See "hal-" and "-graphy."


Haloid

"Resembling Salt." See "hal-" and "-oid."


Halology

"The Branch of Chemistry Dealing With Salt." See "hal-" and "-ology."


Halomancy

"Divination by Salt." From the Greek roots "als" = "salt" and "manteia" = "mode of divination."


Haming

"Chopping Wood; Working." This word appears in the notes to the recording Wake Up Dead Man, being recordings of Black convicts in Texas during the sixties. In the song, "Early in the Morning," the sergeant is made to say "You get go to haming, if you want to go home." The word is listed in the cd booklet's glossary as meaning "working" but it appears obvious that the word is a contracted version of "hammering." The act of chopping wood is commonly called "hammering" in Southern Black prison songs and the dropping of an r sound in African American Vernacular is common.


HAND

"Have A Nice Day." An internet abbreviation.


Hand-Job

"Manual Masturbation." See "-job."


Harlot

"Prostitute." Harlot originally meant "tramp" or "beggar," with a connotation of "lecher" or sexual deviant. It's modern meaning developed around the 15th century. It also has an archaic adjective form meaning "lewd." Harlot is a loan from Old French though it cannot be traced back any further than that. In both Middle English and Old French, it also has the spelling "herlot." It has a few cognates, such as the Italian "arlotto" and the Provencal "arlot."


Harlotry

"The Business of Prostitution; Habitual Lewdness; Obscenity." From the Middle English "harlotrie." See "harlot."


Harry

"Heroin." Adopted due to the phonetic closeness. See also "Henry."


HB

"Hurry Back." An internet abbreviation.


Head

"Oral Sex." The euphemism "getting head" has become so popular in English that it is one of the primary ways of saying "getting oral sex" in English. It can refer either to fellatio or cunnilingus. Its etymology is simple, refering to the head of the person as the operative part of their body at work during the sex act.


Head-Job

"Oral Sex." See "head" and "-job."


Heck

"Hell." Used as a politer substitute, as in "What the heck!"


Heckovalot

"Hell of a Lot" See "helluvalot." A few quick examples off the web include: "that's a heckovalot easier to see than to try...," "In fact, there are many examples of programs whose former versions work a heckovalot better than their current." and "Other than that, there's not a heckovalot to say." See "heck" and "helluvalot."


He'da

"He Had Been." [DV][Cont] From Black Vernacular.


Hedonic

"Pertaining to Pleasure; Of or Related to Hedonism." See "hedonism."


Hedonics

"The Branch of Philosophy Dealing with the Relationship of Pleasure and Duty." See "hedonism."


Hedonism

"Pursuit of Pleasure as a Way of Life." This derives from the Greek word "edone" = "pleasure."


Hedonophobia

"Fear of Pleasure." From the Greek root "edone" = "pleasure" and the suffix "-phobia." See "-phobia."


Hella

"Quite, Really." [Cont.] Short for "Hell of a lot of," but usually not used in a context where that full phrase would make sense idiomatically, as in "Das hella cool" = "That is really cool" or "Your hella funny" = "You are really/quite cool." Another example, from the letters to XXL magazine: "Don't get me wrong though, XXL is still hella tight overall..." The Everlasting Gangstas have an album called "Hella Deep." Occasionally, it actually makes sense as a contraction, as in "but I do eat hella Ramen..." = "But I do eat a hell of a lot of Ramen (noodles)."


Helluvalot

"Hell of a Lot." [DV][Cont] This appears across dialects, but probably originated in Black Vernacular. I came across it on a gospel list as "in helluvalot of trouble." Searching the web briefly I came across an article entitled "A helluvalot of Magic." I also saw a site that recommended a search engine that "Searches through helluvalot of FTPsites for the file you want to find." In another place I found that "A helluvalot is bigger than a fuckuvalot by a helluvalot." And conversely, of course, "A fuckuvalot is smaller than a helluvalot by a helluvalot." A "helluvalot" is assumingly synonymous with a "heckovalot."


Hema-, Hæma

"Blood." "hema-" is the American form while "hæma" is the British form. From the Greek root "aima" = "blood."


Hemal, Hæmal

"Of or Related to Blood." From the Greek root "aima" = "blood." See "hema-."


Hematemesis, Hæmatemesis

"Vomiting Blood." From the Greek roots "aima" = "blood" and "emesis" = "vomiting." See "hema-."


Hematic, Hæmatic

"Of, Related to, Resembling, Containing or Acting On Blood." From the Greek "aimatikos" = "of the blood" from "aima" = "blood." See "hema-."


Hematolagnia, Hæmatolagnia

"Sexual Stiumulation from Blood." From the Greek roots "aimo" = "blood" and "lagneia" = "coition, intercourse." See "hema-."


Hematology, Hæmatology

"The Study of Blood and Blood Producing Organs." See "hema-" and "-ology."


Hematomancy, Hæmatomancy

"Divination Using Blood." From the Greek roots "aima" = "blood" and "manteia" = "mode of divination." See "hema-."


Hematophobia, Hæmatophobia

"An Irrational Fear of Blood." See "hema-" and "-ology."


Hematuria, Hæmaturia

"The Presence of Blood in Urine." From the Greek roots "aima" = "blood" and "ouron" = "urine." Also known as "urinemia" and "uremia." See "hema-."


Hemomancy, Hæmomancy

"Divination Using Drops of Blood." From the Greek roots "aima" = "blood" and "manteia" = "mode of divination." See "hema-."


Hen

"A Woman, Particularly a Domestic Woman." Related to the multiple uses of "bird" and related words to denote women, "hen" is also connected to the domesticated idea of the hen, and is reinforced by the relation to the word "cock." See "cock."


Henry

"Heroin." Adopted due to the phonetic closeness. Seen as "got a date with Henry soon" = "have to go pick up more heroin." See also "Harry."


Hesh

"Transexual; Homosexual." Shortened from "he-she." See "he-she."


He-She

"Transexual; Homosexual." Generally, a "he" that acts as a "she." See also "hesh," "him-her" and "himmer."


Hex

1. "Witch, Sorceress." From the German "Hexe" = "witch." The word "Hexe" comes from the Middle High German "Hecse" and the Old High German forms "Hagzisse" and "Hagazussa" which all mean "witch." These are all close relatives of "hag," See "hag" for more details.


Hex

2. "A Curse, Evil Spell; To Curse or Put a Spell on Someone." From "hex" 1, akin to the German "hexen" = "to curse or put a spell on."


Hexer

"One Who Hexes; A Witch." From "hex."


Hexery

"Witchcraft." From "hex," analogous to the German "Hexerei."


Hex Sign

"Round Painted Plaques Used by the Pennsylvania Dutch to Ward Off the Evil Eye and Witchcraft." From "hex" 2.


HF

"Hispanic Female." From single's ad terminology.


Hieromancy

"Divination by Observing Sacrificial Remains or Sacred Things." From the Greek "ieromanteia," from "iero-," the combining form of "ieros" = "sacred" and "manteia" = "mode of divination."


Him-Her

"Transexual; Homosexual." Generaly, a "him" that acts as a "her." See also "himmer" and "he-she."


Himmer

"Transexual; Homosexual." Shortened from "him-her." See "him-her."


Hipp-, Hippo-

"Horse." This takes the form of "hippo-" before a consonant and "hipp-" before a vowel. It derives from the Greek "ipp-" and "ippo-," combining forms of "ippos" = "horse."


Hippanthropy

"A Form of Zoanthropy Where One Believes They are a Horse." Formed on the basis of "zoanthropy." See "zoanthropy" and "hipp-." See "hipp-." The word is similar to, and probably influenced by the Greek "ippanthropos" = "centaur."


Hippic

"Of or Related to Horses." From the Greek "ippikos." See "hipp-" and "-ic."


Hippo

Short for "hippopotamus." See "hippopotamus."


Hippocaust

"The Burning of a Horse in Sacrifice." From the Greek roots "ippo-" (See "hipp-") and "kaustos" = "burnt."


Hippoid

"Resembling a Horse (Said Of an Animal)." See "hipp-" and "-oid."


Hippology

"The Study of Horses." See "hipp-" and "-ology."


Hippomachy

"Combat on Horseback." From the Greek "ippomaxeô," from the roots "ippo-" combining form of "ippos" (See "hipp-") and "maxê" = "combat, battle."


Hippomancy

"Divination by Horses." From the Greek roots "hipp-" (See "hipp-") and "manteia" = "mode of divination."


Hippomania

"A Mad Love For Horses." From the Greek "ippomania." See "hipp-" and "-mania."


Hippophagy

"The Consumption of Horse Flesh." Rfom the Greek roots "hipp-" (See "hipp-") and "phagein" = "to devour."


Hippophobia

"An Irrational Fear of Horses." See "hipp-" and "-phobia."


Hippopotamus

"A Specific Pachydermous Quadruped." Literally a "river-horse." Late Latin from the Greek "ippopotamos," from the roots "hippo-" (see "hippo-") and "potamos" = "river."


HM

"Hispanic Male." From single's ad terminology.


Ho, Hoe, Whoe

"Whore, Slut." [DV] A corruption of "whore," popular in Black Vernacular. See "whore."


Ho'

"Hold." [Cont] From Southern and Black Vernacular.


Ho'ble

"Horrible." [DV] From Black Vernacular.


Ho Cake

"Female Genitalia." See "ho."


Hola

Hello in Spanish, used frequently in informal English.


Holla

"Holler, Call, Talk With." Often a phone call, as in "Gimme a holla" = "Give me a call." Holla appears often in idiom with "atcha," as in "I'm-a holla atcha" = "I will call you." or "Yo, Dawg! Can I holla atcha for a minute?"


Holocaust

Literally "A Burnt Offering, A Sacrifice Wholly Consumed by Flames." Figuratively, "A Complete Sacrifice; A Large Scale Sacrifice; A Large Scale Destruction by Fire; A Massacre." From the French "holocauste," from the Latin "holocaustum," from the Greek "olokauston" = "burnt whole," from "olokausteô" = "to offer whole in sacrifice," from the roots "olo-," combining form of "olos" = "whole, entire" and "kausis" = "burning."


Homeboy, Homie

"Friend." Originally, someone from the same town, or hometown, as the speaker. Popular in Black Vernacular.


Homeromanteia

"Bibliomancy Using Verses of Homer's Writings." From the Greek "omeromanteion," from the roots "omeros" = "Homer" and "manteia" = "mode of divination."


Homeskillet

A variant of "homeboy." See "homeboy."


Homie

1. A contracted version of "homeboy." See "homeboy."


Homie

2. "Homosexual." A contracted variant of "homosexual" attested in American slang useage from the mid twentieth century.


Hommes

A variant of "homie." See "homeboy."


Honky

"White Person." A pejorative term. Some etymologists have proposed that this was originally directed against Southern White people who used to honk their horns at black pedestrians on the street and often try to run them down. It is much more likely that the word is a development of the pejorative for Hungarian immigrants, "hunky." Other etymologies have been suggested, also.


Hooch

See "coochie."


Hood

"Neighborhood, Ghetto." [Cont] Originally from Black Vernacular, the term "hood" is a contraction of "neighborhood." It has come to mean "ghetto" as a more primary meaning.


Hoodish

"Ghetto." Ghetto as an adjective. See "hood."


Hootchie, Hootchie-Cootchie

See "coochie."


Hootchie Momma

"Sexually Promiscuous Female." See "coochie."


'Hood

"Ghetto." Ebonic contraction of "neighborhood."


Hoplophobia

"An Irrational Fear of Weaponry." From the Greek "oplo-," the preconsonental combining form of "oplon" = "tool, weapon, armour or sheild" and the suffix "-phobia." See "-phobia."


Hoplology

"The Study of Weaponry and Armour." From the Greek "opl-," the prevowel combining form of "oplon" = "tool, weapon, armour or sheild" and the suffix "-ology." See "-ology."


Horny

"Sexually Aroused." After the resemblance of an erect phallus to an animal horn.


Horrorshow

"Cool, Very Good, Excellent." A truely literary slang word, from the jargon of Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange. For the slang of the book, Burgess mixed and slurred Russian words with English. "Horrorshow" is a corruption of the Russian "khoroscho," meaning "good," with an obvious influence of the English words "horror" and "show." One can only appreciate the brilliance of the word in the context of the book by reading the book or at very least seeing the movie adaptation.


Hots

"Sexual Attraction." Generally seen as "got the hots for" = "sexually attracted to." It comes from the term "in heat" usually applied to animals feeling the effects of mating season.


Hottie

"An Attractive Individual." Literally, "one who is hot." For example: "She a lil' hottie, ain't she?"


Howz

"How Is; How Are." [Cont.][DV] As in "howz it goin!" and "Howz ya doin?"


Hse

"House." Common in real estate ad terminology.


Htd

"Heated." A common abbreviation in sales ads.


HTH

"Hope That Helps." An internet abbreviation.


Hum-Job

"A Type of Oral Sex Act Where the Fellater Hums With Their Mouth on the Penis, Stimulating by the Vibration." Analagous to "blow-job." See "-job."


Hunky

A pejorative name for Hungarian immigrants. This is probably the root of the modern "honky." See also "honky."


Hustla

"Hustler." [DV] From Black Vernacular.


Hussy

"a Woman, Particularly one of Low Morals." A contraction of the Middle English "huswife" = "housewife." The word has grown more derogatory in time.


Hw/flrs, Hw flrs

"Hardwood Floors." Common in real estate ad terminology.


Hydr-, Hydro-

"Water." This takes the form of "hydro-" before a consonant and "hydr-" before a vowel. It derives from the Greek "udr-" and "udro-," combining forms of "udros" = "of the water."


Hydromancy

"Divination Using Water." From the Greek "udromanteia," from the roots "udro-" (See "hydr-") and "manteia" = "mode of divination."


Hydrophobia

"An Irrational Fear of Water." See "hydr-" and "-phobia."


Hypnagogic

"Inducing Sleep." From the Greek roots "upnos" = "sleep" and "agogos" = "drawing forth."


Hypnoid

"Resembling Sleep." From the Greek root "upnos" = "sleep" and the suffix "-oid." See "-oid."


Hypnology

"The Study of the Phenomenon of Sleep." From the Greek root "upnos" = "sleep" and the suffix "-ology." See "-ology."


Hypnomancy

"Divination Using Sleep." From the Greek roots "upnos" = "sleep" and "manteia" = "mode of divination."


Hypnophilia

"Sexual Arousal from Thoughts of Sleep." From the Greek root "upnos" = "sleep" and the suffix "-philia." See "-philia."


Hypnophobia

"An Irrational Fear of Sleep." From the Greek root "upnos" = "sleep" and the suffix "-phobia." See "-phobia."


Hypocracy

"Hypocrisy; Rule By Hypocrites." This is a stunningly popular misspelling for "hypocrisy." The word really deserves to take on a meaning of its own though, "rule by hypocrites," as it combines the ending -cracy, from "krateo" = "to rule, hold sway" with the original "hypocrisy." This gives us a word on par with "democracy."





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