16 Chicago-centric old slang words that don’t make us look very good

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CHICAGO — It turns out that getting “Chicagoed” isn’t a positive thing.

If you’re a Cubs or Sox fan who’s already been hurt too much, look away: To be “Chicagoed” is a baseball term that means to go scoreless in a game. As in, to lose. Badly. The term was included on an NPR list of American slang that was a hit in the 1800s but has since fallen out of favor.

If you want to put a positive spin on things, you can also “Chicago” another team, which means you’re making them lose. Whether the term is good or bad just depends on how you want to look at things: Did we get the term because our baseball teams are good or because they’re bad?

DNAinfo researched Chicago-centric slang, looking for the good and the bad.

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