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Date: Jul 30 2009

Quote

1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

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“I’m 48, and you’re supposed to be the square. I mean, being a 48-year-old rebel is not cool.”

- Eddie Murphy, on growing up. (US Weekly)

Definition

1. Definition - Study the definition.

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boring, up-tight, lame

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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Interestingly, the slang square used to have a completely different meaning. Before World War II, it was positive. It was used to describe someone as honest or reliable. But in the late 1940s, the meaning changed. Jazz musicians started using the term square to refer to anyone who didn’t like their kind of music. Soon, it became more widely used to talk about anyone who was old-fashioned, uncool, or conventional.

Square is most often used to describe people. But a few other things can be square as well. You might attend a square party, or see someone wearing a square outfit. If you’re unlucky, you might end up with a square haircut.

Eddie Murphy says that at 48, you’re supposed to be square. In other words, 48 is too old to be cool. That may be true, but it’s possible to be square at any age. No matter how old you are, people a few years older than you seem square.

Examples

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“Mr. Hansen is an okay teacher, I guess, but he’s pretty square. His class isn’t exactly fun.”

“Ever since he turned thirty, Travis has turned into a total square.”

“There’s no one cool at this party. It’s just a bunch of squares.”

Winners

1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

VOLTS It refers a person who is regarded a strictly conventional, dull.
by VOLTSSuper Member!
lalobrown old-fashioned.
by lalobrown
twinky I guess he meant when you are kind of old you must be good and well behave.
by twinky
a prim and formal person
by Homeboy Jin
lapunshic a person who is conservative in behavior
by lapunshic
sofree decent, a little dull, unfashionable.
by sofree

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iceymoon

Germany

Square basically means "not cool".. it could be used to refer to a lot of things that are not cool about a person. For example, their fashion, their behavior (too conservative, doesn't break any rules, doesn't like loud music, or things like that), what they say, etc.

But it's kind of an old-fashion term, you might be considered a square just for using it. ;D I've never heard teenagers or people my age (mid-20's) use it.

02:39 AM Aug 04 2009 |

a.dodo

Yemen

My Family members are bunch of squares,I really hate  talking about anything infront of them.

06:28 AM Aug 03 2009 |

ballard2626

United States

ppl who r squares r boring and plain

02:43 AM Aug 02 2009 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

Has no right age to be “square”,you can be square being young! I know many people like that hehehe :P

01:15 PM Aug 01 2009 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

I think,however we get older,we tend to get more "annoying" with certans things,in other words,we become "squares" hehe :P

01:12 PM Aug 01 2009 |

night blue

Turkey

if anyone could call themselves as 'square'that proves they are soooo far from being likewise.thıs say is speciality of eddie..he is always super!!

03:04 PM Jul 31 2009 |

Sriratna

India

hi,

I don't think a man can be square but some times he behaves like a square because of situations . I think no need to square or crazy be like u 

04:57 AM Jul 31 2009 |

kaseem

kaseem

Syrian Arab Republic

it is not right to say that if you are 48 you whould be square,it is depends on your behavior only to be square.Tongue out

01:05 AM Jul 31 2009 |

waraporn

Thailand

no need to be square too much of your life but just do best thing n enjoy on your life.

08:47 PM Jul 30 2009 |

waraporn

Thailand

no need to be square too much of your life but just do best thing n enjoy on your life.

08:46 PM Jul 30 2009 |

Henri Sasuke

Brazil

Heloo

07:49 PM Jul 30 2009 |

p5518178

p5518178

Taiwan

ha ha..

some square are not bad,but you have to watch out another .

03:22 PM Jul 30 2009 |

rosendo

rosendo

Mexico

well , well , like the lesson says , there is not age to be squere ,, for example i have a friend who is squere , he is 20 years , in the other hand my dad is 60 and he is totally CRAZY jejejejeje.

 saludos !!!!

02:57 PM Jul 30 2009 |

OLga

OLga

Turkmenistan

Eddie Murphy))) cool man!!!

02:13 PM Jul 30 2009 |

larrychen

larrychen

China

i am a little square. sometimes we all actly kinda squarly

02:06 PM Jul 30 2009 |

Naomi1010

Naomi1010

Taiwan

I don’t wanna be square when I’m getting old. LOL!!

01:56 PM Jul 30 2009 |

Clauss

Clauss

Ukraine

Eddie Murphy is a wonderful comedy actor. And I don't ungerstand his concern… Anyone can be cool in any age specially he.

01:55 PM Jul 30 2009 |

adward SD

adward SD

China

if you are life。you shall be proud of yourself。because life is a miracle。

12:10 PM Jul 30 2009 |

meteorareanimation

Egypt

48 could be an age to be cool depending on the person. I think Eddie Murphy is a lot of things but not a square.

10:12 AM Jul 30 2009 |

sukya

sukya

China

it doesn't seem cool to be square!

07:58 AM Jul 30 2009 |

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