"Blow me up"

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Mon Feb 4 08:28:07 UTC 2013

By searching in combination with "busted," I found three possibilities, but I admit, I can't evaluate whether any of them fit the bill. The first seems the most likely.

1. http://www.mediatakeout.com/8144/50_cent_caught_sneaking_around_with_actress_jessica_alba.html

@MiamiBlack34, you ain't lying! That iphone b**ch blew me up at work the other day. I know d**n well I ain't supposed to be on MTO while at work and because my speakers were still on from something prior, this b**ch came across dumb loud!! 

2. http://beingascrub.com/2012/05/23/shadowloo-showdown-2012-recap-friday/

Shadowfox blew me up on Twitter later saying I was getting all Hollywood and interviewed by Tracey, but it was more me simply pointing out all the different internationals to her and telling her who to interview, and what their background, traits and history were, rather than me actually being interviewed!

2. https://s3-ap-northeast-1.amazonaws.com/booksikindle/html/The%20Brief%20Wondrous%20Life%20of%20Oscar%20Wao1/The_Brief_Wondrous_Life_of_Osca_split_033.html

I was hoping for some good energy — even at the hospital, trying to get ass — but she blew me up instead. Why didn’t you take care of Oscar? she demanded. Why didn’t you do it?

Benjamin Barrett
Seattle, WA

On Feb 3, 2013, at 9:51 PM, Tyler Schnoebelen <tylers at STANFORD.EDU> wrote:

> I encountered a usage I hadn't heard before and wondered what you all knew about it. The phrase is "to blow someone up" meaning to expose something about them that was meant to be hidden.
> Example, say during the half-time dancing period in the middle of a drag show.
> A to stranger: I'm really impressed that you knew all the words to that Jewel song.
> B to stranger: He really means that--we danced our way across the dance floor so he could let you know.
> A to B: If you're gonna blow me up like that, we can't hang out.
> Tyler

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