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grille

noun;
gold/silver teeth caps A grille in your teeth does resemble a car’s front grille (the part that sits above the front bumper, often made of shiny metal). The metaphor makes sense. Grille is a term that is used by all elements of society nowadays, though the word undoubtedly surfaced in the African-American community. Many African-Americans use grille for fillings, or to be flashy about their wealth. I think one reason for this neologism is the finite word stock. We have three choices to describe our evolving existence: create brand new words, use long phrases, or employ semantic shift. The last option is often the easiest, so the metaphor extending grille from cars to mouth makes sense.
 
The latest [trend] is the grille. The gold and/or silver teeth caps have been mentioned in numerous songs.
Etymology : metaphor from car grille.
Source : Houston Chronicle
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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