Slang term for "accolades", "proper respect", or "just dues". Popularized in the 1980s by rappers who shortened the term "propers" which was in turn being used as an abbreviated version of "proper respect" at least by the 1960s. The increase in this term's usage during the late 1980s and early 1990s coincided with an increasing fascination with the mafia within rap circles. Both communities have traditionally placed great emphasis on the importance of earning and giving respect.
My four-year-old son is the king of Chutes and Ladders, but punk neighbor kids won't give him his props.
An anachronistic corruption of the phrase "word to the mother", which was a popular reference to Africa or "The Motherland" during the late 1980s Afrocentric movement. While the replacement of "the" with "your" effectively obliterated the term's Afrocentric roots, it continued to be used in the same manner, that is, to express agreement. Alternatively, the "your" could take on sinister connotations, implying that speaker was sexually intimate with the listener's mother, as in "say hi to your mom for me", or, in keeping with the whack terminology, "props to your mom, she's da bomb". Finally, the phrase might mean nothing at all, and be used to ineptly feign street cred, in the style of Vanilla Ice.
Jeff - "Given the uncertainty of today's market, I'm strongly considering increasing my portfolio's share of treasury bills."
Greg - "Word to your mother."
Term used by liberals as a synonym for "Bush administration" to emphasize its extensive ties and loyalty to big business.
Having received a no-bid contract from Bushco to support the war effort in Iraq, Halliburton proceeded to misplace billions of taxpayer dollars.
A somewhat anachronistic slang term for "bitch" that is currently used mainly in the context of self-conscious irony. Can be traced to the early 1990s, when rappers, responding to the copious bleeps and silences placed on their radio and video singles, began replacing the offending words with the same sound clips played backwards or in a highly manipulated fashion. The resulting vocalizations could be very loosely approximated by inserting a "z" sound into the middle of the word, and many rappers began to simply employ this technique with their own voices. Manipulations such as "biznatch" soon entered the slang world. Eventually, rappers such as Snoop Dogg would popularize the practice of manipulating even innocent phrases in this fashion, such as "fo' shizzle" (for sure). By this point, most had forgotten the origins of this strand of slang.
- "Derek's girlfriend is a queen biznatch"
- "Fo' shizzle."
Someone who seeks to make sense of American politics, but delegates the task to a right-wing radio pundit, resulting in a chasm between what is believed to be true and objective reality.
- "Joe says that if the icecaps melt, the water level will actually decrease, because ice takes up more space than liquid water."
- "Doesn't he know most of the world's ice is on land, and not floating in the ocean?"
- "What can you do? He's a dittohead."
The sexual desire many men and some women experience during the day following a night of heavy drinking. This may be caused by a temporary hormonal imbalance and/or by temporary fatigue within certain areas of the brain. Effects can last up to 24 hours, but may be offset by physical fatigue, which inhibits the desire for strenuous physical activity.
We didn't get out of bed until noon today. My husband had a severe case of hangover horniness.
The essential quality of a flagging political campaign, particularly when conducted by an incumbent who is overly confident of victory. This term is a reference to Joe Lieberman, whose perceived conservatism and tendency to publicly undercut the Democratic Party have led to an alienation of the Democratic base.
Polls suggest that Rick Santorum as Joementum to spare.