[Ads-l] throw shade on

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Fri Nov 13 19:28:25 UTC 2015


On Fri, Nov 13, 2015 at 2:18 PM, James A. Landau wrote:
>
> On TV today in The Talk one of the panelists, an African-American woman,
> discussing whether Harrison Ford should continue playing Indiana Jones,
> said something like, "I don't want to throw shade on Harrison Ford, but his
> Indiana Jones is old enough to be Barnaby Jones."
>
> From this context, "throw shade" could mean "to make an uncomplimentary
> remark".

Grant Barrett defined it as: "to take a superior attitude; to
criticize, demean, or insult; to diss or derogate."

http://www.waywordradio.org/throw_shade/

The original entry on his old Double-Tongued site has examples back to 1989.

https://web.archive.org/web/20120123185601/http://www.doubletongued.org/index.php/dictionary/throw_shade/

--bgz

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