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Rip (2)

verb; acronym
Rest in peace; kill; expression of death
 
“Rip” is used as colloquial slang mainly on social media to either refer to the metaphorical death or end of someone or something. It can also be used by fangirls in response to a photo of the person they admire looking particularly attractive (so attractive that they have in fact been killed by that person’s attractiveness).
Etymology : “Rip,” pronounced like the unrelated verb meaning to tear or shred something, comes from the acronym R.I.P meaning rest in peace, a translation of the original Latin requiescat in pace. However, while R.I.P. is considered more of a formal term, usually found on headstones and other items associated with literal death, “rip” is an informal generalization of the word/phrase which has taken on metaphorical meaning. Now, instead of R.I.P. referring to the realm of actual death, “rip” refers to the metaphorical death of someone (possibility as a result of being “cancelled” or, on the opposite spectrum, looking so good it “kills” you), something (like a T.V. show that has ended or a movie that has a controversial plot twist or casting choice), or even of yourself in response to the appearance of another person, the actions of another person, the end of your favorite TV show, or the anger or frustration you feel at the controversial artistic choices made in a certain movie.
Source : “rip my life” (friend, text message, August 2019)
Last modified: 6 December 2019


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