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Tramp Stamp

noun; compounding rhyming
Referring to a tattoo on lower back/hip area, sometimes used in a negative connotation to indicate that the tattoo reflects someone of a lower working class.
 
“Did you see? Our teacher has a tramp stamp!” -classmate
Etymology : Formed from tramp (in the verb sense) of wandering, zero derivation to “tramp” in the 1660s to mean someone who wanders like a vagabond, thus leading to the slightly negative class connotation. Stamp was an instrument to make official impressions in the 1570s, or the act of thrusting down with the foot, in the 1580s. The word stamp most likely became to indicate “tattoo” in tramp stamp because of the tattoo’s permanent impression on the body.
Source : Spoken by classmate; 2011
Last modified: 25 November 2013


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