Query: "da bomb" (was Re: Rap slang shiznet...)

Gerald Cohen gcohen at UMR.EDU
Wed Feb 4 18:31:56 UTC 2004

In "That's da bomb!" (something great/cool/fantastic) is the
immediate reference to an explosive device or to the long pass in

Gerald Cohen

At 11:16 AM -0500 2/4/04, Laurence Horn wrote:
>>When I was in high school in the late 80's "That's the shit!" was
>>frequently used to mean "It's the greatest thing ever!" The THE is very
>>important in the construction.  Can't forget the THE.
>>Kathleen E. Miller
>>Research Assistant to William Safire
>>The New York Times
>cf. also "That's da bomb!", which has also been around awhile.  In
>fact, my undergraduates sometimes include "the shit" in their New
>Words List, and gloss it as "the bomb" or "da bomb", which suggests
>that the former may be regionally restricted.

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