"You know how I roll" = whatever

Amy West medievalist at W-STS.COM
Tue Dec 19 13:48:39 UTC 2006

I made my freshman comp students define slang terms for me, and one
of them chose to do "that's how we roll." I had never head it before,
but afterwards heard it used on one of the few tv shows I watch
(can't remember when or where now).

This is quite the same usage that she covered. I also made them go
out and search for actual uses of the term.

---Amy West

>Date:    Thu, 14 Dec 2006 06:09:50 -0800
>From:    Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM>
>Subject: "You know how I roll" = whatever
>A USPS commercial has a pair of shipments conversing before pickup.
>One shipment says he's a bunch of hightops, "old-school."  The lame
>(i.e., "square" for you oldtimers) shipment says, "You guys sound
>pretty cool."  The boxes reply somewhat disdainfully, "_You_ know
>how I roll."
>   This sounds fairly undefinable, but Urban Dictionary told us way
>back in 2003 that "You know how I roll" means "when your talking to
>someone and they say something good abouit you and your just like
>psh, you know how i roll."
>   48,000 RGs.
>   JL

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