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Gas Up

other word formation type verb
to compliment someone and make them feel good about themselves and boost their ego
 
This is an informal term, used primarily by millenials / members of generation z. It is used in casual conversation as an acknowledgement of and response to a series of compliments and praise. It is generally used in response to many compliments or very high praise, rather than just a single or smaller compliment. It can either be used in a positive way to show thanks, or as a subtle way to call out flattery. It usually implies that there was an original intent by the speaker to boost the listener’s ego.
Etymology : This phrase underwent semantic change by metaphor. Gassing up a car by filling its tank with gas means replenishing a depleted resource. If self-esteem can be thought of as a resource that can be depleted and refilled, then this metaphor fits well. This phrase was first used in a song from 2009, Money to Blow, by Birdman featuring Drake. Drake raps the verse “don't come around And try and gas me up, I like running on E.” Drake uses the phrase in a pejorative sense, to call out the manipulative flattery, but this phrase is more commonly heard in a positive sense, so it has undergone meloration since then. The negative connotation can still be used, though, and the sense will be made clear by tone of voice and context. Gas is itself a clipping of gasoline, and has been around since 1897. The etymology is not totally clear, but the “ol” in it seems to be from the Latin Oleum (oil).
Source : said by a friend, November 2019: “Dang you’re really gassing me up”
Last modified: 10 December 2019


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