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garb1

noun Clipping
Information or events that are disliked by someone
 
The term is used in “sorority slang.” Although many people can describe events or information as garbage, it seems to be more prevalent (stereotypically) in sororities. Also stereotypically, sorority girls change language to have a sort of language of their own that may or may not be immediately recognizable to outsiders. Some of these changes just take everyday words and shorten them, maybe because they sound cuter. Garb seems to be an instance of this, as it sounds a bit more ditzy than its original.
Etymology : The word garbage probably comes from French and means “waste, refuse that has been disposed of.” This word is first recorded in 1580, but the extension of it meaning “worthless, offensive stuff” was recorded just ten years later. This metaphorical meaning is the one that was clipped to garb (no one would refer to the contents of a trash can as garb), potentially for ease of pronunciation or to create a word with the sound and connotation desired by the speaker.
Source : “I knew these two sorority girls over the summer who kept saying, ‘I candle this garb’ when they were upset.” -My friend, in conversation, July 2016
Last modified: 4 December 2016


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