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Jazz cow?

I was sitting in a cafe the other day, ostensibly reading a book. And there were two young women, probably in their late teens/early twenties, on another table. I carried on reading – well to be accurate, I had half an ear open as I usually do in public places – until a phrase caught my attention.

The essence of their conversation was that one fancied some young man, but was complaining about another woman who was constantly at his flat, on the phone, at the same parties as him and so on. The second woman was reassuring the first that this man really did like her and wanted a relationship with her, and her description of the ‘other woman’ was along the following lines:

‘She’s the one who’s always around him because he’s patient and he listens to her troubles and problems, and half the time she just invents them so she can have his sympathy. She’s the jazz cow in this situation.’

Which gave me me a nice little phase I might pick up on at some point in some future writing.

Turns out it’s in Urban Dictionary, that wonderful repository of people’s colloquial inventions – but lots of stuff in UD is virtually private language, only ever shared by about three people. The definition given is:

A name given to someone who is really annoying but you don’t wish them to know so.

Which, given the context, only loosely fitted what the intended meaning seemed to be. Has anyone else ever heard this term actually used in conversation?

  1. October 4, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    UD – very cool!

  2. October 5, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    I like Urban Dictionary but very often the terms in it seem to be the more-or-less private slang of some small group of people who want others to pick up on them. And given the demographics of the contributors (I suspect) most of the contributed terms have to do with sexual practices, relationships or situations.

    Don’t on any account, unless you have a strong stomach and perverse curiosity, look for the definitions of ‘duck butter’ or ‘frelching’!

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