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tilted

adjective; Affixation
To begin performing poorly as a result of one event that disrupted a previous streak of good performance.
 
Tilted, in this usage, is a specialization of the word tilted which describes objects that have had their vertical axis rotated slightly. Tilted is typically used in the context of some competition between two teams to refer to a good player that has begun performing poorly as a result of a catalytic event that broke the player’s concentration in some form. As such, tilted is a metaphor that likens the player’s broken concentration to an object’s broken alignment with verticality. This word comes with a feeling of negativity, and oftentimes, a sense of disappointment and bitterness. The phenomenon of “tilted” is very common in the gaming community, and the original user probably coined it to conveniently refer to this idea in a concise way. Example: I’m so upset after that last match that I’m tilted.
Etymology : Tilted comes from the root tilt and the affix –ed.
Source : Conversation with my roommate about a player in a basketball game (10/23/15)
Last modified: 7 December 2015


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