[Ads-l] AKA

David Champion dgc.ads at BIKESHED.US
Tue Nov 22 13:55:45 EST 2016


I've noticed this usage a lot in the past year or so, mostly on social
social media (as opposed to political/professional social media).
Introducing a euphemism doesn't feel quite right; I sense that it's used
more to de-euphemize, specify, or clarify an expression aka it's "i.e."
in hip drag.

* On 22 Nov 2016, Barretts Mail wrote: 
> I don’t know this expression at all (other than the “also known as” meaning) and as far as I can tell, nobody has said on this thread what the Xfinity example means. I think it’s important to establish the meaning.
> 
> "Entering the gates of hell, where there's no wi-fi and no shows AKA Grandma's.” 
> 
> I read this as meaning that grandma’s house is hell because she doesn’t have Wi-Fi or TV.
> 
> The Urban Dictionary meaning I cited does NOT say that “AKA” means “also known as” or that people use “also known as” in place of “AKA." It says that “AKA” is used to introduce a euphemism. I don’t know this usage, but Googling for “AKA go drinking” yields some relevant results:
> 
> http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/friends-that-bum-me-out-friday-night-vent/ <http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/friends-that-bum-me-out-friday-night-vent/>
> by Miss. Meeps
> It really makes me sad above all the other emotions when a friend makes comments to me about not around anymore to hang  out aka go drinking on the weekend with them.
> 
> https://m.reddit.com/r/EDC/comments/3oz1or/25msweden/?ref=readnext_3 <https://m.reddit.com/r/EDC/comments/3oz1or/25msweden/?ref=readnext_3>
> by Kipku
> I usually leave my knife at home when I go drinking or go to football games(aka go drinking) but other than that, it's always on my person.
> 
> Some others do talk once in a while but usually have better things to do aka go drinking/partying during the weekends :p obviously not my thing
> 
> http://therian-wilderness.proboards.com/thread/2758/extremely-protective-over-person <http://therian-wilderness.proboards.com/thread/2758/extremely-protective-over-person>
> mateustheferal
> Read more: http://therian-wilderness.proboards.com/thread/2758/extremely-protective-over-person#ixzz4QlIw2RLc
> 
> The Xfinity example certainly seems within this sort of scope.
> 
> Benjamin Barrett
> Formerly of Seattle, WA
> 
> > On 22 Nov 2016, at 09:47, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> > 
> > "AKA" has been law enforcement jargon for "as known as" (AKA "alias") for
> > fifty years.
> > 
> > That's not the way it's being used either in the Xfinity commercial or on
> > UrbanD, even if the UD contributors naively think that it is, or even if
> > they should happen to say (which I doubt), "You're so cool, also known as
> > you're a huge faggot."
> > 
> > JL
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > On Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 12:34 PM, Barretts Mail <mail.barretts at gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> > 
> >> http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=aka <
> >> http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=aka>
> >> 
> >> ——
> >> How to introduce a euphemism. Saying something while meaning something
> >> else.
> >> Used in a sarcastic manner
> >> We're going to watch a movie aka we're going to doink
> >> 
> >> You're cool aka you're a huge faggot
> >> #sarcasm #slash #also #euphemism #doink
> >> 
> >> by John AKA Penis March 26, 2009
> >> ——
> >> 
> >>> On 22 Nov 2016, at 09:30, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
> >> wrote:
> >>> 
> >>> How?
> >>> 
> >>> JL
> >>> 
> >>> On Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 10:48 AM, Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at gmail.com>
> >> wrote:
> >>> 
> >>>> Urban Dictionary would disagree with you.
> >>>> 
> >>>> DanG
> >>>> 
> >>>> On Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 10:43 AM, Jonathan Lighter <
> >> wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com
> >>>>> 
> >>>> wrote:
> >>>> 
> >>>>> Because nobody talks that way.
> >>>>> 
> >>>>> In this sentence, "in other words" is the phrase that would ordinarily
> >> be
> >>>>> used.
> >>>>> 
> >>>>> Or how about "i.e."?
> >>>>> 
> >>>>> Time will tell how widespread this novelty becomes.
> >>>>> 
> >>>>> JL
> >>>>> 
> >>>>> JL
> >>>>> 
> >>>>> 
> >>>>> 
> >>>>> On Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 9:50 AM, Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at gmail.com>
> >>>>> wrote:
> >>>>> 
> >>>>>> Why isn't this just "also known as Grandma's"??
> >>>>>> 
> >>>>>> On Nov 22, 2016 6:40 AM, "Jonathan Lighter" <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> >>>>>> wrote:
> >>>>>> 
> >>>>>>> 'In other words.'  Xfinity commercial"
> >>>>>>> 
> >>>>>>> "Entering the gates of hell, where there's no wi-fi and no shows AKA
> >>>>>>> Grandma's."
> >>>>>>> 
> >>>>>>> JL
> 
> 
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