I have to say, I'm a lot more comfortable using man phrases since I began chronicling their meanings in my word of the week category. One of the reasons I have avoided using man terms is because I've been unsure what boundaries they require. When is it appropriate to say boo-yah!, for instance?
Here is another man term that has had me scratching my head for a little bit.
a hot mess
Okay...just so you know...this has nothing to do with temperature. Here's the definition that I have concluded from contextual usage...
hot mess: n. a confused situation, something that is abnormally cluttered, a person who is overwhelmed by emotion.
Isn't it efficient of men to use one term for so many meanings? We women would probably have seventeen separate terms for these definitions!
Here are my sample sentences:
The young girl's not-so-subtle evasion tactics led the Mom to assume the room was, as she suspected, a hot mess. (Again, an instance taken from real life).
The perfect storm of chocolate abstinence, lack of sleep, and football viewing caused the young mother's emotions to erupt until her entire family saw that she was indeed a hot mess.
The woeful mismanagement of Mr. Ling caused Randy and his unfortunate coworkers to scratch their heads in wonder at the hot mess the company had become. (This too has been taken from real life, but the names have been changed to protect the innocent...and the guilty!)