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Whack

noun; other word formation type Reanalysis
dumb; doesn’t make sense; dull
 
this term is likely formed from a reanalysis of the onomatopoeia ‘whack’ which is literally the sound that something makes when it hits against something else. Somehow, the meaning ‘dull’ or ‘nonsensical’ is extracted from this idea of two things striking together, resulting in a rather useful semantic change that is very descriptive. The term seems to be used in the younger generation and often carries a negative connotation.
Etymology : ‘whack’ (sound made as two things come together)
Source : As we (me and my girlfriend) were shopping at the mall, a kid passing by looked over at a toy car that a vendor was selling and said, “that’s whack.” He was referring to the fact that the toy looked cheaply made, yet it was being sold for 300 hundred dollars. (Conversation. September, 2018) https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whack
Last modified: 10 December 2018


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