floss and ghetto
Joe_Pickett at HMCO.COM
Thu Nov 2 14:27:26 UTC 2000
In Geneva Smitherman's "Black Talk," there is an entry for
Flossin "Pretending, faking something;putting on a front; trying to
appear calm and cool."
There is also an entry for
ghetto fabulous (sometimes ghetto fab) "Describes a person or thing that is
fantastic, the height of something, according to the authentic, natural,
"keepin it real" standards of Blackness that are believe to exist in ghetto
I hope this helps.
Luanne von Schneidemesser <lvonschn at FACSTAFF.WISC.EDU>@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> on
11/01/2000 09:19:26 PM
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Subject: floss and ghetto
Two queries. Someone asked about the meaning of ghetto, as in "that was
ghetto." It must be fairly new; it's not in the HDAS. My son uses it but
isn't a great definer so wasn't really helpful. What's its earliest date?
Then I received the following:
I recently attended an Afrocentric poetry reading in which two of the poets
used the word "floss" in their poems.
It seemed, from the context of both poems, to be a pejorative reference to
an undesirable trait/behavior in African Americans. In one poem the subject
was a woman, and the other, a male "type". I think they both used the term
as a verb.
I do not have copies of the poems, or access to the poets--who are not
Thanking you in advance for any suggestions you send me for tracking down
the meaning of this word.
Any help? TIA.
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