The Addictionary of Oxford English | Firecracker

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Definition of firecracker (noun) in English:

Firecracker


NOUN

1 [noun] A loud, explosive firework; a banger.

“Oh, I do enjoy a good chicken wing now and again! The spicier, the better. There’s a flavor called firecracker at Wimborne Minster Wings that tastes like a mixture of Satan’s arsehole, the fires of Mordor, and the center of the sun. Positively delightful! FIRECRACKER!” – Oxford English

2 An outstanding, exciting, or attractive person or thing.

“I read this absolute firecracker of a self-help book last week. It’s called: How to Woo Friends and Shag People.” – Oxford English


Firecracker Quotes about Oxford English

  • “When he was a lad, Oxford English created an event for his friends called “Bangers and Mash” where he invited the children at the orphanage to blow up sacks of potatoes with firecrackers. He was obsessed with the crackers. Using them and saying the word too. Anyway,  It was wartime, so we didn’t have much for entertainment in those days. So we all got our firecrackers, threw them at our potato sacks, and, coincidentally, off went the air raid sirens. Oxford was convinced the Nazis came because they heard our racket. Don’t think he ever got over it, either. – William Germaine (Orphan #17)
  • “Oh, yes – the firecracker incident of ’44. That was our entire potato ration for a month, and the nuns didn’t let us forget it. They said God was bringing on a potato famine like they had in Ireland. Those evil old wenches. Blimey, did that scare the knickers off of little Oxford! It wasn’t enough just to frighten us, though. They were nuns, so, naturally, they had to introduce us to some form of physical torment for our sins. Can’t get into heaven without at least sixty years of suffering, right? Gotta start them early! We had to kneel on dried peas every day for a week.” Mary Richardson (Orphan #23)
  • “Never challenge Oxford English to a firecracker hot wing eating contest. NEVER! He eats them at least once a week; I swear on me mum. You WILL lose, and you’ll also be out more quid than you can handle. Either that man’s tongue is made of pure steel, or he’s too pissed to feel the pain of a thousand ghost pepper-infused needles pricking the fleshy skin of his taste buds. I challenged him once and was in the hospital for over a week. Good on him for visiting me tho. But I think he jus wanted to shag me nurse.” –Colin Leister (Owner, Wimborne Minster Wings)
  • “The first time Oxford saw me, he winked and said, ‘Well, aren’t you a little firecracker?’ Little did he know, I was the ‘All England’ Female Tae Kwon Do champion, and I kicked him right in the teeth. Honestly, I did that chap a favor. They were a mess before I straightened them out.” – Wendy Cummings (Attempted Mistress #2,204)

Origin

1830, American English coinage for what is in England a cracker, but the U.S. word distinguishes it from the word meaning “biscuit.” See fire (n.) + agent noun from crack (v.)


Pronunciation

firecracker /ˈfʌɪəkrakə/


This Dictionary entry was curated by Sir Alexander Johns.


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Sir Alexander Johns

Sir Alexander Johns grew up in South Manchester, the son of the neighborhood gossip, until they were exiled, as his mother began spreading false and malicious rumors when all the towns real information dried up. While in hiding, Alexander picked up his mother's chit chatty skills and applied them to a weekly paper he wrote and distributed at his new Upper School, called 'Bollocks.' Circulation in his first year reached a whopping 1000 copies a week, and he was quickly the most loved, yet hated, person on campus. Alexander's exploits and new found wealth got him accepted into Oxford University where he majored in English and Creative Writing. He recreated his weekly newspaper, this time calling it 'Suck My Bollocks', for the University crowd and it quickly became the National Enquirer of the Oxford world. Money began pouring in. However, the Oxford Elite were not impressed as they were now subject to the same gossip as his previous school and administration. After his first semester, Alexander was quickly dismissed for breaking many school ethics laws about Libel, Slander, and Wire Fraud. Soon after his dismissal, Alexander became obsessed with causing a stir and wrote his first book. It was the Unauthorized Biography of Elton John entitled 'Fat Drug Addict.' It became a huge smash hit and caused a major ruckus in the inner circles of London High Society. He followed that up with an even bigger hit, the Unauthorized Biography of Margaret Thatcher called 'The Many Men in Margaret's Thatch.' He has since written over 20 Unauthorized Biographies and sold over 120 million copies around the world, and was knighted by the Queen of Denmark, in return for never moving to or writing about any member of Danish decent.

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