"To ___ slap"

Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Sun Dec 10 04:58:08 UTC 2000

> In the last week, while listening to talk-radio callers discuss the
> election, I heard two related expressions, both involving the verb "slap."
> One caller said that the U.S. Supreme Court had "dope slapped" its Florida
> counterpart. Another caller said that Judge Clark, in the Seminole county
> case, had "bitch slapped" one of the lawyers.
> Although I could figure out the meanings of the two expressions easily
> enough, they were both new to me. Are these recent coinages? And are there
> other examples of "[Fill in the blank] slap" out there?

_bitch-slap_ is relatively common and goes back around ten
years. The only other such term with any real currency, as
far as I can tell, is _pimp-slap._ I've heard a few others
like _dope-slap_ but only rarely.

Jesse Sheidlower

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