[Ads-l] [Non-DoD Source] Re: Drop the mike (UNCLASSIFIED)
Mullins, Bill CIV (US)
william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL
Mon Jun 13 17:11:22 UTC 2016
"Dropping the mic" also often has an element of "f--- you" to it; the speaker has made his case and is finished, and it is up to the audience to benefit from the wisdom that has just been offered.
Perhaps Michael Richards is the source:
From ProQuest, transcript of a CNN Broadcast. _International Wire_ 20 Nov 2006
"ANDERSON: According to Pitts, Richards launched a venomous personal attack against the rowdy group that stunned the 300 in attendance.
PITTS: Just got totally silent. It just took all of the air out of the room. He dropped the mic and just walked off. There was never any "I'm sorry for what you just saw." "
> Related to "mic drop," nominated in the Most Useful category in the 2015 ADS WOTY voting. In the "Among the New Words" installment in
> the forthcoming issue of AmSp (the second one covering WOTY nominees), we define "mic drop" as "Definitive end to a discussion after
> making an impressive point, in the manner of emphatically dropping a microphone at the end of performance" and provide cites back to
> 2008. ("Mic drop" is also in Oxford Dictionaries with a more literal definition.)
> On Sat, Jun 11, 2016 at 4:05 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> > Or, pedantically and usually, "mic."
> > I've been hearing this a lot on TV lately (like within the past month).
> > UD has one ex., from 20
> > "A phrase describing the action performed after getting the better of
> > someone.
> > "Calling someone out so hard that you just walk away indisputably
> > victorious (See 8 Mile)
> > "'After serving someone, I just drop the mic, and walk away'"
> > Here's one in imperative form that may not really fit. It seems to
> > indicate being stunned:
> > "My 14-year-old, apolitical daughter came home from school about a
> > month ago and announced at the dinner table to me, my husband, and her
> > 15-year-old brother: '[Insert name of female classmate] said that
> > Hillary Clinton is a liar.' Drop the mic. We all looked at each
> > other."
> > Cf. "Obama just dropped the mic on the White House Correspondents' Dinner."
> > Not 100% sure what this means.
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