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Using the word "totes"

I have a friend who is in his early 30s, and his speech is peppered with this "adjective," if it can be called that.

What's a delicate way of telling them that he's too old to be talking this way?

by Anonymousreply 5512/28/2013

Say, "Can the puerile patois, polecat!"

by Anonymousreply 108/30/2012

Totes relax. It's just a word. Remember, vernacular is never static. Today's slang is tomorrow's Webster's validated definition.

by Anonymousreply 208/30/2012

A valuable piece of advice I got from a therapist.

Other people don't know anything about all the contracts you have for them. Full of oughts, shoulds, it would be better ifs, I wish you woulds. Have enough respect and trust in others to live their lives as they choose. This also frees you of unwritten contracts and unspoken expectations. Take care of yourself.

I've followed that advice and I have been much happier. I would intervene if I thought a friend was in harm's way. If your friend hasn't asked for input, keep it to yourself.

by Anonymousreply 308/30/2012

R3, did you get that advice from your therapist, or Oprah? I'm betting it was Oprah.

by Anonymousreply 408/30/2012

Very cool, R3.

by Anonymousreply 508/30/2012

I'm thankful to be sufficiently old to have never heard of "totes" as an adjective. I don't even get it in context.

I do know they make lovely umbrellas and rubbers...oh that word is different too, isn't it?

by Anonymousreply 608/30/2012

How do you use "totes" in a sentence that often? Can you provide examples? I can't imagine there are that many uses for the word.

by Anonymousreply 708/30/2012

But what about the guy whose female roommate openly masturbates in the common areas of his apartment, R3?

by Anonymousreply 808/30/2012

R6, it's a shortened form of "totally." So instead of saying something is "totally awesome," it's "totes awesome."

Yes, it is beyond stupid.

by Anonymousreply 908/30/2012

I don't get it. "Totes" as in "she totes that kid around" or what? That would be a verb I believe.

What does this "totes" mean exactly?

by Anonymousreply 1008/30/2012

"The porter totes the luggage into the storage compartment."

by Anonymousreply 1108/30/2012

So: "Totie Fields totes totes Totes umbrellas." ?

(Translation: Totie Fields totally carries Totes brand umbrellas)

by Anonymousreply 1208/30/2012

whatevs, op...

by Anonymousreply 1308/30/2012

My friend calls religious people "bible toters"

by Anonymousreply 1408/30/2012

r8: where's that thread?! I lurve masturbation threads.

by Anonymousreply 1508/30/2012


by Anonymousreply 1608/30/2012

thanks, r16.

by Anonymousreply 1708/30/2012

I have heard people say "Totes adorbs" or "totes presh"


by Anonymousreply 1808/30/2012

What's wrong with middle-aged people saying "totes"?

by Anonymousreply 1908/30/2012

Age should not have anything to do with word usage. There is no such thing as someone being too old to use a word. Use whatever word you want to use no matter your age.

by Anonymousreply 2008/30/2012

Like OMG I totes agree!!!

by Anonymousreply 2108/30/2012

Kids these days!

by Anonymousreply 2208/30/2012

Although totes seems a little silly, which I guess might be the intention, I do like "peeps" for people. It usually gets a chuckle from me. The way I figure it is, be informal enough to be able to use informal, slangy speech if you want to in the right situation but be smart enough to know the difference.

by Anonymousreply 2308/30/2012

I have never heard of "totes." I thought of a tote bag. I guess I will hear it eventually.

by Anonymousreply 2408/30/2012

I'll add this to my list of other word usage I cannot abide - which includes "rock/s/ed/ing" and "merch".

by Anonymousreply 2508/31/2012

So you're saying OP that the word "totes" is only embarrassing if someone over 30 uses it?

OMG that is totes ridic! LOL. Whatevs.

by Anonymousreply 2608/31/2012

It's the German nominative neuter adjective for "dead."

by Anonymousreply 2708/31/2012

Where oh where is Pollyana Prisspot,School Marm when one needs her? Maybe she'll appear like Glinda in a ball of light. OH POLLYANA PRISSPOT, POLLYANA PRISSPOT........

by Anonymousreply 2808/31/2012

This merch totes rocks!

by Anonymousreply 2908/31/2012

Insufferable douches.

by Anonymousreply 3008/31/2012

[quote]Insufferable douches.


by Anonymousreply 3108/31/2012

R24, it's a New York expression.

by Anonymousreply 3208/31/2012

Uh, no, R32. It's an internet fangurl expression.

by Anonymousreply 3308/31/2012

You mean actually punching the guy and deleting him from your life Miss Prisspot?

by Anonymousreply 3409/01/2012

Or you could just shorten it to "Totie totes totes Totes," R12.

by Anonymousreply 3509/01/2012

I'm still confused. You mean like the totes umbrella I got at Bed bath and beyond with my 20 percent off coupon?

Usage in a sentence: Damn I need a new totes. Where is my coupon?

by Anonymousreply 3609/01/2012

It can't be called an adjective, because to the extent that it is a word, it's an adverb.

by Anonymousreply 3709/02/2012


by Anonymousreply 3809/08/2012

And may I add totes amazeballs to the mix? Used by insufferable cunts on twitter who also post pics of fat laden food with #nomnomnom alongside

by Anonymousreply 3909/08/2012

Is your friend Perez Hilton?

by Anonymousreply 4011/11/2012

Can we have 10 more jokes about tote bags? Please, eldergays?

by Anonymousreply 4111/11/2012

Totes Magotes

by Anonymousreply 4212/28/2013

Actually it started as "totes my goats," used kinda like "floats my boat."

by Anonymousreply 4312/28/2013

I highly doubt he says it with a straight face...I'm sure it's said jokingly. In which case, chill the fuck out. I like when 'old' people stay fresh.

by Anonymousreply 4412/28/2013

move it along, totes!

by Anonymousreply 4512/28/2013

Have you seen the TV commercial with James Earl Jones & Malcolm McDowell, for one of the comms companies?

They're pretending to be texts & FB comments, in conversation:

"Totes adorbs", "Totes megotes"'s really hysterical...

by Anonymousreply 4612/28/2013

I stopped using modern slang when British kids started saying "mint" for "good". But I quite like recently outmoded slang like " wack" and the classic " shizzle, ma nizzle"

by Anonymousreply 4712/28/2013

Totes was the black kid on the "Fact of Life"

by Anonymousreply 4812/28/2013

I'm so glad people here are finally talking about something important and worldly. Totes Fields really was a great lady.

by Anonymousreply 4912/28/2013

She means "toots" for christ sakes.

by Anonymousreply 5012/28/2013

The phrase "mutton dressed as lamb" springs to mind.

by Anonymousreply 5112/28/2013

Totes magotes. Coo-awl

by Anonymousreply 5212/28/2013

[quote] Have you seen the TV commercial with James Earl Jones & Malcolm McDowell, for one of the comms companies?


by Anonymousreply 5312/28/2013
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