[Ads-l] boom

Barretts Mail mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Fri Sep 22 05:15:47 UTC 2017

The video "Safex Talk - Safex Wallet Tutorial" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=Z7a2XL8EfGw <https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=Z7a2XL8EfGw>) is a tutorial on how to use the Safex crypto wallet. At 5:42 into the video, the narrator says, “And boom, it added it to the wallet.” The narrator is emphasizing how the software works in a (surprisingly) rapid or perhaps clever manner.

Wiktionary (https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/boom <https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/boom>) says: used to suggest something happening suddenly and unexpectedly.

Among the definitions I picked from the top of the stack, Urban Dictionary (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=boom <http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=boom>) has:

2. M. A. Larkin
Used as an oral exclamation mark but in a purely conversational context. Its function is not as heightened as the afore mentioned symbol so its impact is designed to simply reinforce ones point or statement. Generally found in light hearted, but not overtly humorous, situations.

7. seaman27
A word used to express satisfaction. or after something that has happened (generally after a good thing). Also if something is done right multiple people will say boom. If Boom is said then sometimes people may copy and say it after.

8. LuKe-87
"That club we went to last night was boom" 
Boy smashes a window - "Yeah dats boom" 
"Let's go down the park and get some cider" "Yeah boom”

The Oxford Living Dictionaries (https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/us/boom <https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/us/boom>) has no such meaning.

It seems clear this word has wide application in various parts of speech, and the collocation “and boom” is likely common.

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA
The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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