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December 1, 2005
Slang of the Week: deuce deuce (noun)
a .22 caliber gun

When Jeanette found her husband kissing a man in the kitchen, she couldn’t think of what to do until she remembered the deuce deuce in her purse.

Celebrity quote:
“About to get loose with the deuce deuce
That's when the boy said, ‘What about the gang truce?’”
-Rapper Ice Cube on the song Gangsta Fairy Tale 2

Deuce comes from the Latin for two and appears in a lot of slang. In an August newsletter, we saw it in the Houston expression chunk the deuce. In addition to guns and gestures, the word appears frequently in slang about cars.

A deuce coupe is a 1932 Ford that has been modified to be faster and more powerful. Back in 1963, the Beach Boys sang, “She'll do a hundred and forty in the top end floored, She's my little deuce coupe.” Ten years later, director George Lucas renewed interest in the car by featuring a bright yellow deuce coupe the movie American Graffiti.

But that’s not the only “deuce” car to get publicity. “In my deuce and a quarter feelin' funky funky fine,” sang Prince in 1993, praising the Buick Electra 225, a big boat of a car made in the 60s and 70s.

What’s new at Slang City?
“I dated this girl for a while. She was really a nasty freak.” Translated quotes from The 40 Year Old Virgin (Warning: adult themes.)