[Ads-l] crypto bro

Barretts Mail mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Wed May 23 12:55:22 EDT 2018

Crypto bro (with or without a space)

The word “bro” doesn’t appear to have been defined on the ADS list. Wiktionary essentially defines it as a male friend or a frat boy. The English Oxford Living Dictionaries define it as male friend or "A young man, especially one who socializes primarily with his male peers and enjoys lively, unintellectual pursuits.”

Wiktionary has an article on the bro subculture (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro_(subculture)) <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro_(subculture))>.

I looked at several of Arnold Zwicky’s impressive brocabular brollection (https://arnoldzwicky.org/linguistics-notes/brocabulary/ <https://arnoldzwicky.org/linguistics-notes/brocabulary/>) and didn’t see an exact definition of “bro,” but "Bad bro days” (https://arnoldzwicky.org/2016/04/28/bad-bro-days/ <https://arnoldzwicky.org/2016/04/28/bad-bro-days/>) points out a dichotomy of usage arising from perceived positive and negative aspects of males.

Here are three meanings of “bro” that come out in the expression “crypto bro."

1. aligned with the bro subculture meaning/“an alpha male idiot” (https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Bro <https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Bro>), second meaning defined by Lt. Dungheap

https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Crypto%20bro <https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Crypto%20bro>
by VinixxiniV
A person with a weak grasp on cryptocurrency/blockchain applications, yet has formed very strong opinions on the "best" ones. Often observed parading their involvement in crypto and arguing with other crypto bros.

by BitLord
A young man on twitter who is an absolute hype beast for crypto-currencies and makes long term predictions, often backed by memed and self-fulfilling financial charts.

"CryptoBro First Date Gone Wrong (Bitcoin Song)"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maQkL5qHEnc <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maQkL5qHEnc>

2. aligned with the male friend meaning/Lt. Dungheap's first meaning of “friend”

http://www.cryptobro.io/ <http://www.cryptobro.io/>
Your number one guide to navigate cryptocurrency world

https://medium.com/cryptobro/about-cryptobro-7aff4ca005ff <https://medium.com/cryptobro/about-cryptobro-7aff4ca005ff>
We at CryptoBro are here to help facilitate your investment decision-making process through rigorous analyses based on our years of experience….

https://twitter.com/_cryptobro <https://twitter.com/_cryptobro>
a twitter account whose profile pic is a masked man giving the bird

3. meaning (adult white) males in general
The Venn diagram between libertarians and crypto bros is so close it’s basically a circle (word used only in the title)
https://qz.com/1284178/almost-half-of-cryptocurrency-and-bitcoin-bros-identify-as-libertarian/ <https://qz.com/1284178/almost-half-of-cryptocurrency-and-bitcoin-bros-identify-as-libertarian/>

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA
The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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