The Pop Talk Pop Quiz
Written by Leslie Savan, based on her book SLAM DUNKS AND NO-BRAINERS: Language in Your Life, the Media, Business, Politics, and, Like, Whatever

From six-year-old Yu-gi-oh! fans to officials high in the Bush administration, we all talk pop. Of course, for some people, understanding the fine points of pop speech is a no-brainer; for others, not so much.

To test your pop chops, answer the following questions and find out if you're ready for prime-time or need to get with the program.

Which of the following phrases is Dick Cheney NOT known to have said:
Saddam is history
Saddam is toast
Big time
Go F... yourself!

Former CIA director George Tenet said that finding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq would be:
A cakewalk
A slam dunk
As easy as pie
A grand slam

"jects" is a clipped form (a syllable has been clipped off) for:
The projects
The rejects
Trajectories
Jeckyl wannabes

Which of the following pop terms was NOT coined or popularized by African Americans?
24/7
Yesss!
Lame
Wannabe

What does the abbreviation ROTFLMAO stand for?
Reserved oil that flows last minute and openly
Rolling on the floor laughing my ass off
Rotten flimsy Mao jacket
Reverse organization to forward-leaning management attitude option

Some expressions once stood for niceness itself, but by inflecting them a particular way, we can turn them into their evil twins. Which of the following terms is usually NOT a nice word gone mean?
Hello
Please
Thank you
You're welcome

Bob Kerrey told Condolezza Rice during the 9/11 Commission hearings, "You obviously don't want to use the M-word in here." What was the word or phrase that could not be spoken?
Militants
Morbidity
Mistake
Make-believe

When you want to point out that something is painfully or embarrassingly obvious, you say:
Ouch!
Duh!
Ping!
Been there, done that

Who said "Bring it (or 'em) on!"?
George W. Bush (of Iraqi insurgents)
John Kerry (of George W. Bush's attacks on his record)
Cameron Diaz (to Demi Moore in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle)
All of the above

Three of the following four terms mean more or less the same thing. Which one is different?
Bottom line
Net-net
Take-away
Win-win

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