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G-thug

noun; compounding
One who is cool or fits the social profile of a gangster or a thug in the speaker’s mind. It can be used in general to describe someone who is cool.
 
This word is similar to its component parts, gangster and thug. By combining the effect is magnified and therefore a g-thug is cooler than just a g or just a thug or just a gangster. This word is not a blend, as is indicated by the hyphen, because “g” is in itself its own separate component. “Gangster” is often clipped into “g” in conversation and “g” can stand alone. “g” is then added to “thug” to form the compound, not blend, “g-thug.” Other examples of how hyphens serve to combine different components in a clipping include words such as “stir-fry” or “jet-black.” However, if one wanted to skip this intermediate step in one’s analysis of the word then it could be categorized as a blend. This word is also interesting because it exemplifies a movement in society in which gang or urban culture has become “cool” and “admired.” To be a gangster, thug, or “g-thug” in reality is very dangerous and disruptive to society, but in the current social context it is often used to describe someone who is cool due to his or her care free attitude.
Etymology : Compounding from ”g” and “thug.” “g” is derived from a clipping of “gangster.”
Source : “Man he’s such a g-thug.” – College student at Rice describing another mutual friend. Nov. 2010.
Last modified: 8 December 2010


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