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Old 09-10-2020, 07:07 PM   #1
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Profess' Weekly Wondering #1: When Does Slang Become Mainstream?

Caping is slang for "defending or supporting" someone, especially someone considered unworthy of it.

So when the Avocado situation popped off, I started hearing the word "caping" and instinctively I knew what it meant. But I hadn't heard it used before. So I guessed it was new. So I'm asking the board, when did ya'll first hear that term?

I thought it might be new, but urban dictionary has a definition for it from 2015. Along with some earlier definitions that mean something different IMO.
https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Caping

And the dictionary.com definition examples are mostly from 2019.

https://www.dictionary.com/e/slang/c...rthy%20of%20it.

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Old 09-11-2020, 12:22 PM   #2
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The Connotation brings images of Superman saving somebody. That’s what I thought anyways... when I first heard it. Like you’re being a super hero for somebody. Saving and defending someone. Is it always for somebody who doesn’t deserve it though?
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The Connotation brings images of Superman saving somebody. That’s what I thought anyways... when I first heard it. Like you’re being a super hero for somebody. Saving and defending someone. Is it always for somebody who doesn’t deserve it though?
Probably, because I take it that there is negative connotation.
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The Connotation brings images of Superman saving somebody. That’s what I thought anyways... when I first heard it. Like you’re being a super hero for somebody. Saving and defending someone. Is it always for somebody who doesn’t deserve it though?
A lot modern slang is like that, kinda having an ironic sting in its tail. White knight, for example.
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A lot modern slang is like that, kinda having an ironic sting in its tail. White knight, for example.
Do any examples of "white knighting" in battle rap come to mind?
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Do any examples of "white knighting" in battle rap come to mind?
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It started with this song, and evolved over time. First it was to call someone a “captain save a hoe”, the just a “captain”, then it would get tagged or punched up with quips like “look he already got his cape on” (implying someone’s about to save someone or is going to act as some sort of apologist), and over time it’s just became shortened to “caping” or “caping for”

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It started with this song, and evolved over time. First it was to call someone a “captain save a hoe”, the just a “captain”, then it would get tagged or punched up with quips like “look he already got his cape on” (implying someone’s about to save someone or is going to act as some sort of apologist), and over time it’s just became shortened to “caping” or “caping for”

LMFAO!!!!! I forgot all about 'look - he already got his cape on'

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It started with this song, and evolved over time. First it was to call someone a “captain save a hoe”, the just a “captain”, then it would get tagged or punched up with quips like “look he already got his cape on” (implying someone’s about to save someone or is going to act as some sort of apologist), and over time it’s just became shortened to “caping” or “caping for”

This clears up the origins of the term. With answers of this high quality.. I'm looking forward to posting #2 in the Wondering series.

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