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Potato Quality

Jesse from Newport News, Virginia, wonders about the expression potato quality meaning “poor quality.” For at least a decade, commenters on YouTube have used the phrase recorded with a potato to criticize a heavily pixelated or otherwise...

Imitating English

Kids often imitate French or Chinese speakers without knowing the language. But have you ever tried to imitate the English language or speak fake English? There are lots of YouTube videos that give an idea of what English sounds like to native...

Fast-Talking Auctioneers

Why do auctioneers talk so fast? The hosts say it’s partly to put you into a trance, partly to increase the sense of urgency, and partly to sell off lots of items in a short amount of time. More details in an article in Slate magazine. You can...

respect knuckles

respect knuckles  n.pl.— «Recpect knuckles go to AndroidTapp for the heads up on this one. Using simple, easy to follow steps, one can find YouTube videos and save them directly to their G1’s SD card.» —“Download YouTube Videos to SD...

rick-roll

rick-roll  v. phr.— «Instead of the “hot stuff” they’re promised, they’re being diverted to video hosting site YouTube. More specifically the link goes to Rick Astley’s video to Never Gonna Give You Up. Rick Rolling is the...

hasher

hasher  n.— «Viacom is employing a company called BayTSP to search video sharing sites for infringing content. BayTSP employs around 20 video analysts that are sometimes referred to as “hashers” to search the Web for...

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