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Shade (2)

slang Noun
A passive aggressive manner of dissing someone. Some describe it as: “saying a shady comment to someone.”
 
Shady typically describes a person that is suspect, sly, sneaky, and low-profile. Shade shifts the subject from a person to a comment. It is a comment that can be suspect, sly, sneaky, and passive-aggressive (low-profile). This meaning derived from a metaphor. Imagine a person standing in the shade: they are usually hidden, in the dark, and keeping a low-profile. It is primarily used following the word “throw,” which captures the aggressive aspect of the insult. When you are dissing someone, you are “throwing shade.” However, it can also stand alone. For example, when someone passive aggressively insults another person, a bystander could yell “shade!” to emphasize the negative aspect of the comment. Shade is also a great example of pejoration. It shifted from a neutral noun to a negative one. Furthermore, it is yet another example of verbal slang.
Etymology : formed by metaphorically extending the definition of shade.
Source : “You’re throwing some shade, man.” (Friend, September 2017)
Last modified: 29 November 2017


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