Posted by Miri Barak on May 01, 2003
In Reply to: Slang and pun posted by ESC on May 01, 2003
: : As usual I turn to you in need:
: : it's Crime Scene Investigation:
: : the police finds four murdered poeple: a father, a mother, two brothers inside a house. two sisters are found alive, and one policeman says to the other:
: : "Teen girl heard a noise, his in the closet. Alerted the neighbors after all the shoutin' was done. Younger sister's over there. They couldn't've killed their father tag team, soaking wet."
: : I don't have a clue what he means by "their father tag team" and "soaking wet". I have a feeling that it is some pun. I know that wet is a slang for weak, and tag team is a slang for a gang, taken from wrestling. But these are only guesses.
: : Thank you for your help
: : Miri
: The author is mixing together a couple of expressions.
: "Tag team" is a wrestling term. Four people are wrestling - two on each team. Only two people can be in the ring at one time. So when team members want to switch, one tags the other.
: "Soaking wet" refers to a person who is so small he or she doesn't weigh much even with the added weight of wet clothes. "He doesn't weigh 90 lbs. soaking wet."
: So the girls were so delicate that even working as a team they couldn't have done the deed.
thank you so much thefallen and ESC for your fast and helpful answers, I might have some more questions latter because it's full of slang and I dare say i'm very ignorant in that.