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salty (3)

adjective; derivation
Reacting in an unnecessarily angry and irritable fashion after an event.
 
Salty is used particularly often in regards to losing a competitive event, and carries a connotation similar to the sore in “sore loser”. Its usage is particularly high among video game sub-groups, given the ease of communication and lack of face-to-face interaction in completive online games. Salty was perhaps coined as an insult to describe emotional responses in a succinct manner. It is often used in the phrase “salty tears”, a form of wordplay which uses both the slang and traditional definitions of salty. A parallel can be drawn between “salty” and “bitter”, in that both are words describing taste which have been metaphorically widened to describing emotions.
Etymology : Formed by derivation from salt
Source : “He’s actually so salty about that midterm he failed, and he ranted about the professor for like three hours straight.” (Friend, November 2017)
Last modified: 29 November 2017


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