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(AZCentral)   Oxford English Dictionary officially adds "bling-bling" to its entries   ( divider line
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2003-05-01 07:26:30 AM  
Yeah, I spelled it wrong.

/off to buy the new OED
2003-05-01 07:27:51 AM  
For a well-researched rant on how cool the OED is, check out "The Professor and the Madman." Excellent book.
2003-05-01 07:28:00 AM  
"dictonary". Classic.
2003-05-01 07:28:20 AM  
This read like an Onion article.
2003-05-01 07:28:24 AM  
On a side note as to the origin of words, this article reminds me of another.

The word "gaudy" comes from the word "gaud" meaning "joy", "gladness" or "rejoice" in a religious context. Rosary beads were often referred to as "gaudi" or "gaud" due to their part in prayer, originally as a sign of their use in devotion to religious duties.

Consequently, people wore larger and more elaborate beads to prayer, until at last it became obvious they bore no relation to the devotion of the wearer, they were merely for show.
2003-05-01 07:34:01 AM  
Which led to religious festivals of bacchanalia... where revelers would swap these gaudy beads in return for glimpses of ripe orbs
2003-05-01 07:35:08 AM  
Ahhhhh, the language purists.

You do not that language does not fall out of the sky, right? New words are created all of the time. A significant portion of the population (blacks AND whites) uses this word.

If, in a year or two or three, the word stops being used, the people at the OED can reflect that in the definition.
2003-05-01 07:35:42 AM  
Hahahahahaha Nice one, Ken_Iseeum
2003-05-01 07:36:05 AM  
No race bias intended - if my 6-year old uses a nonsensical word like this - I would hastily set him straight...

But what words aren't nonsensical? I'd catogorize Bling-Bling with Proactive as words I personally don't think we need, but there they are. People like to use the current lingo to sound hip. (Only two really nonsensical usages in that sentence, or at least there would be circa 1965.)

It's a matter of being proscriptive or descriptive. If you are for dictionaries and stuff being proscriptive, that's you're right I suppose, but I won't respect you unless you can conjugate verbs to agree with the pronoun Thou.
2003-05-01 07:37:30 AM  
I think you mean "prescriptive," but excellent point.

Dictionaries aren't meant to prescribe what we should use. Grammar and style guides (and a-holes on fark) do that.
2003-05-01 07:39:07 AM  
If Bling-bling is now a word, we should start adding ones from Dr. Seuss.
2003-05-01 07:39:26 AM  
A very good book indeed. Were I not hideously overtired, I would say more.
2003-05-01 07:39:38 AM  
I'm so bling-bling I'm blung.
2003-05-01 07:42:32 AM  
*ahem* Bling Bling
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2003-05-01 07:42:56 AM  
dat'is wak
2003-05-01 07:43:13 AM  
Ok, we definately need to petition to get 'asshat' recognized.
2003-05-01 07:45:21 AM  
Repeat, I say, REPEAT.

Go to "Complete Archives"
Archive from October 13, 2002.
Find Monday, October 7.
Sixth article down.

The link has long since expired, but here's the text of the headline:

"Lap dance" and "going commando" make it into the latest edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. Unfortunately, so do "Jedi," "Klingon," and "bling bling"

Boo Yah!
2003-05-01 07:51:18 AM  
Wow.... just... wow.
2003-05-01 07:53:50 AM  
Aarontology: Thank you. I pride myself on having an attention span greater than 15 minutes.
2003-05-01 07:57:38 AM  
The problem with them putting it in the dictionary is that no one... not even in this listing can accurately define bling-bling because it means different things to different people. Jewelry, material things, physical appearance, photoshopped lens flares...

To a white, middle class, man like myself bling-bling means that I'm going to have to purchase my child a dictionary other than the Oxford English because in years to come, just like many other slang terms, this is going to sound dated and people will look at you funny when you use it.
2003-05-01 08:25:40 AM  
2003-05-01 08:27:48 AM  
will someone please explain to me what 'stuntaz" are, is, whatever?
2003-05-01 08:34:06 AM  
Doesn't this article rate at least some mention of increasingly restless apocolyptic horses in the FARK headline?
2003-05-01 08:35:46 AM  
Sheeeet, man, that honkey mus' be messin' my old lady got to be runnin' col' upside down his head!

Hey Holm, I can dig it! You know he ain't gonna lay no mo' big rap upon you man!

I say hey sky, s'other say I won say I pray to J I get the same ol' same ol.

Knock yourself a pro slick. Gray matter back got perform' us' down I take TCBin, man'.

You know wha' they say: See a broad to get that bodiac lay'er down an' smack 'em yack 'em.

Col' got to be! Yo!


/someone get Barbara Billingsley on the phone, I need a translator
2003-05-01 08:40:59 AM  
I wonder if Fo' shizzle my nizzle is next. Although that would be funny as hell.
2003-05-01 08:41:36 AM  
The problem with them putting it in the dictionary is that no one... not even in this listing can accurately define bling-bling because it means different things to different people.

The very nature of language is that this problem is true for nearly all words to an extent.
2003-05-01 08:41:46 AM  
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2003-05-01 08:46:08 AM  
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2003-05-01 08:47:31 AM  
I'm so bling bling, I gots two watches, mutha farkas!

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2003-05-01 08:55:33 AM  
I think bling bling refers specifically to platinum chains and whatnot worn by those individuals who are livin' large. Silver doesn't cut it, and neither does crazy, silly, fresh gumby gold. BAAAM Cradle Rock Style!

It has to be platinum to be bling bling.

I could be wrong.
2003-05-01 09:01:00 AM  
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"... she was very bling bling."
2003-05-01 09:08:56 AM  
Absolutely pathetic.
2003-05-01 09:12:05 AM  
I love the Oxelford Englesh Dictonary.

Vaniila Ice and I are DOWN with OED
2003-05-01 09:22:43 AM  
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"I rock ice! Bring-bring!"
2003-05-01 09:23:50 AM  
I blunged when I should have blinged.
2003-05-01 09:23:53 AM  

Now will someone PLEASE tell me what "woot" (or wOOt...or w00t) means and where THAT came from?!?

Damn college kids around here use it all the time and can't even tell me what it means.

2003-05-01 09:27:42 AM  
That is just great. Oxford Whoring out their principles to attract young people who dont know how to read or write correctly in the first place. F U Oxford.
2003-05-01 09:27:47 AM  
Sign of the apocalypse #592

Sigh, I'm too hungover for this.....
2003-05-01 09:30:32 AM  
Hey did anybody notice the link in the article

Pimp Hats
2003-05-01 09:31:01 AM  
This is truly a sad day for the educated people of this world.
2003-05-01 09:36:47 AM  
2003-05-01 09:42:56 AM  
Farkeologist: Now will someone PLEASE tell me what "woot"

Some Farkeologist you turned out to be. Do some diggin.​a​fe=off&d

Second link. (couldn't find the original, too lazy)
2003-05-01 09:53:23 AM  
"I'm so bling-blinged, I'm blung."

I believe this is a perfect description of the Icy Hot Stuntaz cliche....I'm sick of dem' stupid white mfers!
2003-05-01 09:55:28 AM  
Bling Bling is pretty pathetic in my opinion. :P
2003-05-01 10:00:12 AM  

that explains it i guess.....

where have i been?

willingly getting my ass kicked in the name of the safety of our land and our borders..
2003-05-01 10:01:48 AM  
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Allow me to offer my sincerest contrafibulations.
2003-05-01 10:02:02 AM  
If you all had ever opened up the OED, the complete 500 pounds in 14 volumes edition, you would see that 'slang' of many periods is contained therein. Just because Shakespeare used "Sblud" doesn't make it proper english. It boils down to this question:

Should a 'complete' dictionary contain only old, out of use slang? Or should a dictionary that's striving for completeness contain current slang as well?

The OED has strict standards for when a word gets added. It must be published (on paper) in a certain number of diverse periodicals that fulfill certain requirements (length of publication, editorial requirements etc.)

If "bling-bling" fulfills their requirements, wouldn't it be hypocritical for them to deny it entry because it's a stupid farking useless hip-hop word?


2003-05-01 10:06:05 AM  
Do not fark with the OED. THat is one badass dictionary.
The twenty volume set weighs about 120 lbs, and takes up about 4 feet of shelf space.

Someone else mentioned it above, but the book The Professor and the Madman is also bad ass. To learn more about it, read the below links...

and here

He would later tell his many psychiatrists that this inward division was exacerbated by the debauched, staunchly atheistic lifestyle he embraced during the years before his incarceration, a lifestyle for which he would later punish himself with emasculation, tossing "the offending organ onto the fire."
2003-05-01 10:06:07 AM  
Stuntaz are people who go around stuntin'. Its actually a colloquialism used in the New Orleans Metro area (that's why the Big Tymers are known as stuntaz). Its actually an old term that they kept alive and made national.

Stuntin' is basically showing off your physical wealth, whether its through apparell, clothing accessories, mode of transportation, ad infinitum. Stuntaz, put simply, are people who do this. Much like teachers teach, stuntas stunt. Ta da.

And for all you asshats who think this is some blackening of your pure white culture, c'mon, don't be such dolts. There are thousands of terms that were once colloquialisms that became widely used, and accepted as actual words, and whole languages have evolved from this exact thing. Thus Our english and "British" english. If you don't like it, start speaking, reading and writing in Aramaic. Take your damn heads out of your asses. Language is one of the greatest things we have, and language, as all things, evolve(unless you're a christian fundie asshat, in which case i shouldn't even talk to your dumbass).

Now point out my spelling/grammar errors, so you can make yourselves feel superior...Idiots.
2003-05-01 10:07:41 AM  

You're a cop in Canada?

/just kidding, thanks for serving!
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