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Gang-bang

verb;
To overwhelm from all facets of the situation, by quantity and difficulty Apparent meaning, etymology, and type of word formation: “Gang-bang” in this case has undergone a shift in meaning, to now mean ‘to overwhelm from all facets of the situation, by quantity and difficulty.’ This meaning of gang-bang comes from the original word gang-bang, meaning to gang-rape an individual, or more explicitly, a sexual orgy upon one individual. The word gang comes from the Old English gang, equivalent to the Old Frisian gong, gung, which came from Old Norse gang-r, from the Teutonic gaηgo-z, related to the action verb gaηgan ‘to go.’ The word “bang,” in this case meaning ‘to have sexual relations with,’ comes from the Old Norse bang, from the Old Swedish bång ‘a hammering,’ from the Danish bank ‘a beating.’ The word underwent its shift in meaning through the process of metaphor, in which the speaker has related her situation of being completely overwhelmed with homework in all subjects to the process of gang-rape. She feels like the homework is extremely taxing and is taking an immense toll on her and her mental capacities, like a rape situation. Characteristics of the situation of gang-rape (an overwhelming sense of being outnumbered, helpless, defenseless, and taken advantage of) have become extremely closely associated with the word itself, so that those characteristics can be applied to other situations. This word, due to its sexually suggestive roots, would most likely only be used among informal company and close friends who would not take offense to such language. Such a word would certainly be deemed improper to use in formal settings. Possible reason used: The analogy of one’s homework situation to a gang-rape creates an extremely vivid picture and very powerfully illustrates the coiner’s overwhelming homework situation, in which she is at the power of her professors. The coiner wishes to emphasize the amount of work that she must complete and by using such a strong word draws attention to it as well as the analogy formed in her situation.
 
Oh God, this homework is gang-banging me.
Etymology : [metaphor from gang+ bang: OE gang, Old Fris. gong, gung Sw. bång ‘a hammering,’ > Danish bank ‘a beating’]
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Last modified: 10 June 2008


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