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Offline Kavik

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"The Jab"
« on: Fri, 30 July 2021, 13:15:24 »
"The Jab" sounds like the most British thing I've ever heard. I'd never heard the covid-19 vaccines or any other shot referred to as "the jab" until about a month ago. I first heard it on the BBC, I think, but it's becoming part of the American lexicon now. Is this term something that naturally leaked over from the UK (am I even right about this being British English slang?), or is this some deliberate, surreptitious marketing campaign to make the vaccines sound more "hip"?
Maybe they're waiting for gasmasks and latex to get sexy again.

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Re: "The Jab"
« Reply #1 on: Fri, 30 July 2021, 13:39:19 »
Reasonably sure Tp4 has heard jab before the pandemic. But could be wrong, Tp4 memory stack is not fully time-stamped. During pandemic time easily blends together.

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Re: "The Jab"
« Reply #2 on: Fri, 30 July 2021, 21:09:12 »
Can't believe haven't heard this one before,  "Spreadneck", hahahahahaha, is it new? how long has it been around?

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Re: "The Jab"
« Reply #3 on: Fri, 30 July 2021, 21:26:52 »
I keep hearing people around here saying 'I've been poked'

Offline Kavik

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Re: "The Jab"
« Reply #4 on: Fri, 30 July 2021, 22:48:05 »
I keep hearing people around here saying 'I've been poked'

Haha, I definitely haven't heard that one.
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Re: "The Jab"
« Reply #5 on: Sat, 31 July 2021, 03:42:02 »
Jab is indeed British (originally Scottish to be exact) and has been around longer than I have so not sure it even counts as slang now.  Sounds less painful than getting shot so not surprised you're borrowing it :thumb:
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Offline Leslieann

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Re: "The Jab"
« Reply #6 on: Sat, 31 July 2021, 03:55:46 »
I keep hearing people around here saying 'I've been poked'
Well no wonder so many guys are running scared to get it.
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Re: "The Jab"
« Reply #7 on: Sat, 31 July 2021, 04:30:20 »
Definitely was already a Brit thing before.
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Offline fanpeople

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Re: "The Jab"
« Reply #8 on: Sat, 31 July 2021, 06:46:50 »
Pretty common reference in Australia, considering we are just a dumping ground for unwanted British subjects it would make sense.

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Re: "The Jab"
« Reply #9 on: Sat, 31 July 2021, 07:17:51 »
Pretty common reference in Australia, considering we are just a dumping ground for unwanted British subjects it would make sense.

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Re: "The Jab"
« Reply #10 on: Sat, 31 July 2021, 08:40:31 »
In my zone, it is almost always "my shot" or "your shot" (and occasionally "his shot" or "her shot") definite and personal rather than "the shot" or "a shot" or something else that sounds distant or impersonal - like the deniers want it to be.

I have never had a problem with getting shots, and I even donate blood regularly to the Red Cross, where they use a gigantic needle (~16 gauge) (and it stays in for multiple minutes)  whereas the Covid-19 vaccination uses a tiny (~25 gauge) needle and takes a couple of seconds.

But I do understand that there is a significant percentage of people who have serious phobias about getting shots, and that avoiding that word might help trivialize the procedure.
 
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Re: "The Jab"
« Reply #11 on: Sat, 31 July 2021, 11:17:21 »
I call it the prick.
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Re: "The Jab"
« Reply #12 on: Sat, 31 July 2021, 20:52:56 »

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Re: "The Jab"
« Reply #13 on: Thu, 05 August 2021, 10:54:42 »
I, a cold-blooded American, will remain calling it "The Shot" for I live in a land of firearms and cannons.
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Re: "The Jab"
« Reply #14 on: Sun, 08 August 2021, 15:47:20 »
'the jab' is not even slang anymore
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