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What is the meaning of "Keeping Up With Our Joneses" ?

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    Gribbler

    [1]Mar 24, 2008
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    Hi

    This is my first post here! I just watched (about the 4th time an early episode with a title we have never understood. Maybe it is an American thing? Would love to know after all these years!

    Cheers

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    HelloStuart

    [2]Mar 24, 2008
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    Gribbler wrote:

    Hi

    This is my first post here! I just watched (about the 4th time an early episode with a title we have never understood. Maybe it is an American thing? Would love to know after all these years!

    Cheers


    "Jonesing" is a '90s slang term for being hungry or having an addiction to something. Example: "Man, I'm jonesing for some Fritos."
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    Gribbler

    [3]Mar 26, 2008
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    Thanks to HelloStuart for satisfying our curiosity about that title! HelloStuart is certainly not a giblet head
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    darlingdarcy

    [4]Mar 27, 2008
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    HelloStuart wrote:
    Gribbler wrote:

    Hi

    This is my first post here! I just watched (about the 4th time an early episode with a title we have never understood. Maybe it is an American thing? Would love to know after all these years!

    Cheers


    "Jonesing" is a '90s slang term for being hungry or having an addiction to something. Example: "Man, I'm jonesing for some Fritos."

    Technically the phrase means to compete with someone, usually the neighbors (the Joneses) and keep up with them and their things - cars, lawns, etc. Example - "The Joneses just got a new boat - we need to get a better one!")

    However the word "Joneses" does mean craving something in this context, which changes the meaning of the phrase.
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