For Better or for Worse

Thu Jan 27 00:13:56 UTC 2005

        The Comics Curmudgeon blog,, discusses this strip.  According to one of the comments, the slang terms are indeed made up.  Notwithstanding which, I note that one of the definitions for "gig" at is a "scandolous female...a slut" [sic].

        The wording seems a little odd.  "Hands on" suggests, to me, something short of intercourse, while "been there" presumably means that the 14-year-old has lost her virginity and "gig" sounds like she's sexually active.  "Roadside" is, to me, opaque, or at least would be out of context.

John Baker

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These odd terms seem to be made up.

JL (with no credibility)

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Today's For Better or for Worse comic strip uses a number of slang terms that are unfamiliar to me. I don't know if that's because the strip is set in Ontario, or if it's because I'm an old fogey, but I suspect the latter. Two teenagers are discussing a friend:

April: Becky thinks she's so hot because she's going out with a guy in grade 12.

Duncan: Yeah, she's hangin' high!

April: She's only just turned 14. What would a guy who's 17 see in her?!

Duncan: You're kidding me, right?

Duncan: April, Becky is "hands on" . . . She's a "gig"! She's "roadside," man!

April: You mean . . . she's "been there"?

Duncan: Yeah . . . an' once you've "been there," you ain't comin' back!

The strip is at

John Baker

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