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slaps

slang; interjection
Describes a song that has really good bass and beats.
 
The verb to slap means a sounds made by or as if by a blow or a smack. The interjection slaps is thought to come from that meaning. The bass of a song is also a sound, and it can be thought of as a slapping sound. The verb was transformed into an interjection describing the song. It underwent further change until it could be used as a positive word to describe a song that was well made and sounds good.
Etymology : Metaphor from the verb slap. The word changed from a verb to an interjection by zero derivation.
Source : "This song slaps! Can you hear how great the bass is?" - someone at a party
Last modified: 2 December 2011


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