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wack

adjective; clipping
crazy, irrational Words like wack are used everyday by everyone to describe something crazy or irrational. In this case, the term 'wacky' was clipped to a simple 'wack.' It is unclear why the speaker would choose to drop the y, but it still kept its original meaning. I think that by dropping the y, the term sounds more serious. The term wacky can sound silly or childish, while wack sounds more serious and with an upset tone. In the episode, Nicole was surprised when her supposed partner chose Jayla as her partner. She was enraged and described it as being wack. Why she used this word is unknown. It might be that it is regularly used in the community or area she is from. However, it is through television shows like these that help words to spread into other communities and areas. I heard the word yesterday (on the show), and I already used it without realizing it. Television impacts us, especially in the way we talk. Famous people like Paris Hilton and Tyra Banks are closely watched by many people. Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie have aired a couple of seasons of “The Simple Life” in which they have introduced many of their favorite words. These words have spread because of the viewers using them in their conversations. Once a word gets on television, it is very likely that it will spread into different communities very quickly, aiding in the process of the general public to accept the word into the language.
 
You're not going to be my partner? That's just wack!
Etymology : clipping of wacky adj
Source : Nicole, America's Next Top Model particpant
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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