Heard on The Judges: "get loud"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Oct 7 15:12:52 UTC 2008

Early-thirty-ish, black-female speaker:

"Your honor, I don't want to _get loud_, but he [semi-boyfriend] making me mad!"

_Get loud_ is a clip of the _get loud and wrong_ of the past. My
mother uses this expression, so I don't have a clue as to how old the
expression may be. IAC, it means to "get one's Irish up," so to speak.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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