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Cookie, Lucious and the gang's language, explained

Angelique Anest
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1. Ray Rice

[slang]: to commit a male-on-female act of violence; a reference to the 2014 incident in which former NFL running back Ray Rice was videotaped knocking his then-fiance unconscious in an elevator

"Are you going to Ray Rice me? I've faced bigger in prison with more talent, bitch!" -- Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) to Kidd Fo-Fo (Season 1, Episode 2)

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2. Bougie

[adjective]: a typically disdainful term, derived from bourgeois, to describe someone trying to be higher class than he or she really is

"A bougie ho with a lot of money?" -- Cookie to Anika (Grace Gealey) after Anika says she probably doesn't know what a debutante is (Season 1 Episode 3)

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3. Bye, Felicia

[slang]: a dismissal meaning, "Go away, loser"; derived from a scene in the 1995 stoner classic Friday, in which Ice Cube's character shoos away an annoying neighborhood junkie named Felicia by saying, "Bye, Felicia"; went viral around 2014.

"Bye, Felicia!" -- Cookie to Anika (Season 1 Episode 3)

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4. Side piece

[noun]: the other person someone sees outside his or her primary relationship, typically for no-strings-attached sex or activities the No. 1 won't do

"Look, you got a side piece too!" -- Tiana Brown (Serayah McNeill) to Hakeem after he confronts her about having a girlfriend (Season 1, Episode 5)

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5. Thot

[noun]: a negative term for a sexually loose person, typically female; stands for That Ho Over There

"Can you afford to waste any precious time, especially over a thot?" -- Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) to Hakeem, about Tiana (Season 1, Episode 5)

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6. The Gram, Thirsty

The Gram [noun]: short for Instagram

Thirsty [adjective]: desperate, embarrassingly eager for attention

"50 Cent still taking jabs at us. Look what he put out on The Gram, thirsty ass!" -- Cookie talking about 50 Cent, which actually prompted 50 Cent to respond in real life (Season 2, Episode 1)

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7. Flexing

[verb]: to show off; to muscle in on someone's territory in a show of bravado

"This is somebody trying to do a simple hustle and they flexing on you." -- Lucious to Cookie after Hakeem has been kidnapped for ransom (Season 2, Episode 6)

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8. Baby mama

[noun]: the mother of your child(ren), who is not your wife, current mate or likely, someone you hold in high regard either

"They know you my baby mama." -- Lucious to Cookie, citing the kidnappers' motivation to snatch their son Hakeem (Season 2, Episode 6)

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9. Excuse you

[slang]: an intentional corruption of the cordial expression "Excuse me"; meant to indicate someone is in your way, violating personal space or needs to be put into his or her place

"Excuse you!" -- Porsha (Ta'Rhonda Jones) to Don Lemon, playing himself, aggressively trying to get an interview with Cookie (Season 2, Episode 1)

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10. Boo Boo

[slang]: a term of endearment; to take a No. 2

"I gotta boo boo." -- Porsha hurriedly getting off the phone with Cookie's sister Carol (Tasha Smith), who's trying to warn of impending danger, to use the bathroom (Season 2, Episode 1)

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11. About that life

[slang]: An acknowledgment of someone's devotion to a cause, usually street life; possibly derivative of mandatory sentencing laws for homicide and/or drug or gun possession

"You need to stop rapping like you from the streets, 'cause you not about that life." -- Cookie to Hakeem (Season 1, Episode 4)

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12. Badonk

[noun]: the ample booty; a shorter version of badonkadonk

"Except the badonk!" -- Porsha praising her boss Cookie's rump (Season 2, Episode 7)

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13. G., O.G.

G [noun]: a gangster

O.G. [noun]: a seasoned and respected old school gangster

"If the cops raid your house, that makes you a G. If the feds raid your house, that makes you an O.G." -- Lucious, trying to convince Mimi Whiteman (Marisa Tomei) that raids of his home and company are good for public perception (Season 2, Episode 4)

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14. Twisted

[adjective]: underestimated and/or considered weak

"You got me twisted, O.G. I'm always gonna eat. Just not with you." -- Cookie to Lucious after he's betrayed her (Season 2, Episode 3)

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15. Ride or die

[slang]: exceedingly loyal to a person or cause even in the face of grave danger

"You always were ride or die." -- Lucious to Cookie, who is visiting him in prison despite their rocky history (Season 2, Episode 1)

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16. Packing

[idiom]: complimentary descriptor for a well-endowed male ("Word on the street is he's packing"); to be holding a gun

"You packing?" -- Cookie to Laz (Adam Rodriguez), in a sexually charged double entendre (Season 2 Episode 5)

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17. Hitting that

[slang]: having consistent sex with someone

"Are you hitting that?" -- Lucious, asking Jamal (Jussie Smollett) if he's having sex with Skye Summers (Alicia Keys) despite him being gay (Season 2, Episode 10)

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18. Run the [jewels]

[slang]: to rob someone of their jewelry

"Run them pearls, ho!" -- Cookie to Anika, grabbing her pearls and sending them crashing to the floor before they fight (Season 1, Episode 11)

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19. Wack

[adjective]: bad, terrible, inferior

"You need to kill yourself with that wack weave you got on top of your head." -- Cookie to Roxanne Ford (Tyra Ferrell), the prosecutor attempting to nab Lucious for murder (Season 2, Episode 4)

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20. Ask about me

[idiom]: a declaration of awesomeness not meant to imply doing any actual research

"Name's Cookie. Ask about me." -- Cookie, after storming into a studio and strong-arming its owner (Season 1, Episode 5)