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Dragged

slang Verb
To publicly roast someone or call them out.
 
While, drag has many definitions, this is the newest definition I have found. It serves as a metaphor. When you drag something, you are bringing it out or hauling it along. Similarly, when someone is dragged they are being hauled along or brought out. Drag elicits a one-sided action. You are pulling something. It is not a team effort. The same applies to being dragged. One person is the “dragger” while the other person is “dragged.” This is an example of pejoration. The word dragged went from a neutral to a negative connotation. It is also an example of verbal slang. In many circles, it has replaced the slang word: roast. I assume, in a matter of time it will also be replaced by another word with a similar meaning.
Etymology : Formed by metaphorically shifting the definition of the verb dragged.
Source : “Man, she dragged him.” (Friend, November 2017)
Last modified: 29 November 2017


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