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

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Jan 27 19:50:23 EST 2017


> On Jan 27, 2017, at 4:03 PM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> 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.

Maybe so, but the -doh in “Chill-doh Baggins” does seem to me to invoke the “Dildo Baggins” trope, from e.g.

https://www.theguardian.com/film/video/2016/feb/16/john-oliver-cant-resist-new-zealand-mp-steven-joyces-dildogate-video
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11585275

(And SNL bits.)

Can’t think of another word/name that actually rhymes with Chill-doh.  (Unless it’s tildo, a male tilde.).     

Someone who follows Sleepy Hollow might be able to sort this out.  I’d check Washington Irving, but I suspect that wouldn’t help.

LH

> 
> 
> 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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