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A Dizzee-ing English Lesson

Dizzee Rascal

Just when you figured out how to accurately drop ''fo' shizzle,'' ''crunk,'' and ''chickenhead'' into casual conversation, here comes Dizzee with a boatload of confounding British hip-hop slang. To assist your decoding of his debut, Boy in da Corner, Dizzee has assembled a mini-dictionary. SCREW FACE (heard on ''Stop Dat''): ''A mean mug or a mean face.''

CHOPPAH (heard on ''Fix Up, Look Sharp''): ''That's a knife.''

CHAPS (heard on ''I Luv U''): ''You know how a lot of rappers have chains? Chaps are the big fat chain links. Like a big gold bracelet.''

FITNESS INSTRUCTOR (heard on ''2 Far''): ''On the mike I keep it interesting, keep it exciting, keep it moving. Master of ceremonies.''

SKET (heard on ''Jezebel''): ''That's a jezebel. Like a slut or a ho.''

BATTI (heard on ''Stop Dat''): ''Your bum. Mainly referring to girls, just in case you were wondering.''

BATTERY* (heard on ''Jezebel''): ''To get batteried. You chose a messed-up word. That's like lineups. Group sex, one girl and a bunch of guys. A gang bang.''

*Caution: extremely sensitive subject matter

Originally posted Dec 19, 2003 Published in issue #742 Dec 19, 2003 Order article reprints

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