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

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jan 28 12:59:55 EST 2017


And like "throw down," "bro down" can be nominalized.

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https://books.google.com/books?id=qxCh-xCRUH0C&pg=PA14
Daniel Maurer, _Brocabulary: The New Man-i-festo of Dude Talk_, 2009, p. 14
These temporary broing pains will pass if you skip the throwdown and engage
in a bro-down -- a two-beer peace summit in which you attempt to resolve
your differences over a couple of brewskies.
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https://books.google.com/books?id=S9sZ2vdy8ZAC&pg=PA16
Charles Aaron, Spin, Oct. 2011, p. 16
"And that following is the ultimate story -- a half-million (at least)
fanatics who were thirsty this summer for any communal throwdown, or
bro-down, as the case may be (furry boots, optional)."
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We discussed "throwdown" back in 2005:

http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2005-April/048405.html

More in my 2008 Word Routes column:

http://www.visualthesaurus.com/cm/wordroutes/of-showdowns-throwdowns-and-hoedowns/

--bgz


On Sat, Jan 28, 2017 at 6:22 AM, Margaret Lee <
0000006730deb3bf-dmarc-request at listserv.uga.edu> wrote:

> No doubt, rhymes with 'throw down,' to do something vigorously; to eat a
> lot of food at one time; to have an exceptionally good time.
> --Margaret Lee
>
>
>
>       From: Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at GMAIL.COM>
>  To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
>  Sent: Friday, January 27, 2017 4:07 PM
>  Subject: Re: bro down 'become (male )friends'
>
> It's a thing.
>
> https://www.chillbobaggins.com/
>
> DanG
>
> 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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