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Wig /wɪɡ/

verb Clipping
To wig is to overreact, flip out, or be upset about something. This term is used to describe an extreme response to a sudden event.
 
This term comes from the expression “my wig flew off” which is an expression you say when you are so surprised that if you had a wig, it would fall from your head. People would say the whole expression but as it became common, people just started to say wig.
Etymology : Clipping of the expression “my wig flew” (which means being so surprised) into the intransitive verb wig. This term also has other forms like wigged, which is used as the past tense of wig (retrieved from knowyourmeme.com).
Source : Friends (in college): Friend 1: “Whenever you caught the ball in your powderpuff game, I wigged.” Friend 2: “I know right, I was surprised too.” (In-person, November 2018). The term was first introduced in urban dictionary by a user called buterabliss back in 2017. It was later popularized by the singer Katy Perry as she used it every time she was surprised by a contestant in American Idol (Retrieved from knowyourmeme.com).
Last modified: 11 December 2019


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