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clipping Noun
An Irish slang word that means hilarious, fun, or a joke.
 
In the context it was used in Blacklist, I assumed it meant entertaining or amusing, because the character said “this is going to be a gas,” when referring to an event he was looking forward to. He also chuckled softly afterwards. It appears to be an example of a product/source metonymic shift related to the effect that nitrous oxide (laughing gas) produced in patients. After inhaling nitrous oxide, people often do funny things and think everything is hilarious. Referring to a joke or something hilarious as being a gas, is calling the product (being hilarious) by the name of the source (gas). However, my friend who studied abroad in Ireland, said that it could also be used to refer to a person. For example, if you were making people laugh during a conversation, someone might say: “Man, you’re a gas.” In this context, it is a metaphor. You are being called a gas, because you are making people laugh, much like nitrous oxide makes people laugh. I think the word in both instances is a clipping of the compound “laughing gas.”
Etymology : Slang word formed by clipping the compound laughing gas.
Source : “This is going to be a gas” (The Blacklist, October 2017)
Last modified: 29 November 2017


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