I was reading an e-mail newsletter this morning, and I came across an article called “How to Pimp Out Your Dorm Room. What caught me was the use of the phrase “pimp out.”
This is an expression used mostly by young people (or those no-longer-young-but-trying-to act-look-and-sound-like-they-are people – you know the ones). Now I never had a dorm room, since I did my secondary education in a somewhat unconventional way (and that’s a story for another day), but I’m pretty sure it would be the 18-to-22-year-old who is decorating a dorm room. But pimp out? This is good? How did that happen? How did “pimp” even come to be commonly used in the vernacular? In fact, when did it become a verb?
And those questions opened a Pandora’s Box of evolutionary affronts changes to the language and a bunch more questions.
– When did “bad” become good? Probably about the time that the word “like” became a punctuation mark. My new car is, like, totally bad.
– How did “dope” become an adjective (I think) and a complimentary one at that? I always thought it was an illegal substance or an idiot who would use the stuff. Like, fer sure, man, your new ride is dope.
– Ride? I guess that makes some kind of sense, but if carried to an extreme… Bitchen Big Jimbo’s Totally Rad Used Ride-a- Lot? It could be right next door to the real estate office where you could find yourself a new crib.
– And how did “sick” come to mean cool? Yeah, and those fuzzy dice are totally sick. (Well, OK, the fuzzy dice probably are totally sick.)
– I can’t decide if being called a “cougar” is a bad thing or a good thing. I guess if you’re still young enough to attract a boy toy, it might be a bad thing to be cruising for one, but if there’s no chance in hell, maybe it’s a good thing? OK, so you can call me a cougar. Just don’t be callin’ me no phat hootchie mama.
(And no, this isn’t me!)
I could go on and on. But then this might get lame. So I’m off to see my peeps and do me some chillaxin.
Later, Dude. And Dudettes.