“It is too late to study Hebrew; it is more important to understand even the slang of today.”~ Henry David Thoreau.
We invited our readers to adopt the teen trend of replacing words/phrases with something they have made up themselves and we suggested they caption an image with an invented word/phrase.
Slang words and phrases have always been around, and usually, these invented words and phrases make very little sense. I’m unsure why, but some of the modern ones irritate me (almost as much as abbreviating everything).
One such expression is Shout-out – Give a shout out to someone.
When I first heard that phrase I couldn’t understand why someone had to shout out, shout out what? Then I learnt it meant praising someone – saying thank you for a job well done, or something like that.
Why couldn’t they say thank you, or well done in the first place, it carries more importance than a casual slang phrase. If someone said publicly – Thank you so much to Susan, I would appreciate plain English far more than Give Susan a shoutout!
What I find difficult to understand is why everyone else behaved like sheep and followed suit (at least sheep have a reason), even the grown-ups began to imitate the teens and use the phrase.
Following a little research, I found out the late rapper Tupac Shakur has been credited with the invention of Shout Out as a phrase of encouragement, though his actual words were “I give a holler to my sisters on welfare.” I am thanking/praising the female members of my family for needing welfare benefits?
Back to the task in hand – my invented captions probably make no sense either, but that’s the point… right?
You know what? It’s harder than it sounds!
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