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July 11, 2003

Bling Bling Goes Mainstream

The LA Times tells us that the phrase "bling bling" may soon be in the Oxford English Dictionary, the definitive tome (really a 20-volume set) that traces the evolution of the English language since 1150. While I'm all for the evolution of language and the inclusion of new words, and I found the article interesting in its search for the origin of the term (Tupac or B.G.?), I resent the quote from hiphopmusic.com's online forum, in which one fan complained that the Oxford English Dictionary would be co-opting "bling-bling" as "... yet another black colloquialism is blanched and neutered to make the white establishment seem 'more relevant, smarter and cooler.' " Wow. I didn't know that certain words BELONGED to certain races. Does that mean that any minute now, the English might revoke, say, all prepositions, so that Americans don't co-opt them in an attempt to seem "cooler"? If that's the case, I'd like to buy a vowel, Vanna.

Check the story: LA Times online

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