drop science (1987)

Rex W. Stocklin stocklin at EARTHLINK.NET
Tue Apr 19 14:39:37 UTC 2005

At 4:46 PM -0400 4/14/05, Benjamin Zimmer wrote:

>>From the OED's Sep. 2004 draft additions for "drop":
>drop, v.
>trans. slang (orig. U.S.).
>a. To sing or perform (rap lyrics or rap music).
>b. to drop science: to impart knowledge or wisdom, freq. about
>social issues, esp. through the medium of rap or hip-hop music.

This one got past me, both on the street and on the list. Great
expression! I propose a companion phrase..."drop silence" - to impart
zip, due to the lack of common sense or education either formally, or
through hard knocks. I am finding an increasing need to call folks to
the carpet for their frontin' (salespeople, tech support, handlers,
customer service, talking heads, hoodlums, snot-nosed kids, my old

And would the other companion phrase be "drop art", which is what the
rappers, and for that matter, all musicians, do.

Being silly,
Lexy Rexy,
Fishers, IN

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