Show Out

Indigo Som indigo at WELL.COM
Fri May 30 06:32:25 UTC 2014

I’ve lived in San Francisco Bay Area pretty much all my life. I’ve heard “show off” more, but have also heard “show out”, (almost?*) exclusively from African American folks — some of whom were born, bred & buttered here, like I was, & some who were from the South & other places. 

*haven’t kept careful track, but I think if I heard non-Black people say “show out” they were probably from the South &/or spent a lot of time in African American communities.

On May 29, 2014, at 9:00 PM, Automatic digest processor <LISTSERV at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> wrote:

> From: Brian Hitchcock <brianhi at SKECHERS.COM>
> Subject: Show Out
> Date: May 29, 2014 at 12:09:29 PM PDT
> Having lived on the west coast for 63 years (Seattle area, then Los Angeles area), I have always heard "show off". Not once have I  heard "show out",  in a positive or negative sense, even in my travels across the country.  The recent post in ADS-L is the first I've heard of it. But I've never been to Georgia, and only briefly to Texas.  IMHO the usage is regional.
> Brian Hitchcock
> Torrance, CA

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