[Ads-l] bro down 'become (male )friends'

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jan 27 16:03:06 EST 2017


A "dildo" allusion seems a little out of place in this context, so my money
is on a conflation of Bilbo and his young heir Frodo.


On Fri, Jan 27, 2017 at 3:45 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
wrote:

> > On Jan 27, 2017, at 12:33 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
> wrote:
> >
> > 2017 _Sleepy Hollow_ (Fox TV) (Jan. 20): Now that we're neighbors, we can
> > bro down, hang out, and chill, old baggins.
> >
> > (Sure sounded like "old baggins" to me.)
> >
> "Hey, man, now that we're neighbors, we can bro down, hang out, Chill-doh
> Baggins."
>
> http://transcripts.foreverdreaming.org/viewtopic.php?f=153&t=30669
>
> Presumably a pun on “Bilbo Baggins” and possibly “Dildo Baggins” but since
> I’m not a Sleepy Hollower I can’t unpack it.
>
> “Bro” also appears as a verb in “bro (it) up” (‘to render more bro-y’,
> etc.: what you do with your bros after you’ve bro’d down with them) and as
> the base of the privative verb “de-bro”, as in the headline in the print
> version of a Times article,
>
> "Female voices help de-bro country's hits"
>
> http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/04/arts/music/country-male-
> female-duets.html
> [article doesn’t contain a direct reference to de-broing songs, but
> describes the process of a pushback against "the blithe, boozy bangers that
> seemed to rule the genre — the trend referred to by critics as bro country”
>
> LH
>

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