|Slang City Mail|
|May 19, 2005|
Slang of the Week: You smell me? (phrase)
While “You smell me?” is more recent, there are many older synonyms, from the simple “Got it?” to “Get the message?” the more poetic “Do you catch my drift?” and the old-fashioned “Savvy?”
Although that last one is over 200 years old, many young people are familiar with it because Johnny Depp used it heavily in the 2003 movie Pirates of the Caribbean. “I can let you drown,” he explains to Will, “but I can't bring this ship into Tortuga all by me onesies (by myself), savvy?”
What’s new at Slang City?
"Gonna get a touchdown, gonna take you out, that’s right, put your pom-poms down, getting everybody fired up" Our translation of Gwen Stefani’s Hollaback Girl. And new in movies, learn about all that good old pirate slang in Pirates of the Caribbean.