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Receipts /rɪˈsits/

noun No specific type of word-formation
Proof or evidence of someone’s behavior in social media or through texting. Receipts are usually screenshots of tweets or text messages a person posted/sent and later deleted (because they were inappropriate) but people still have the evidence these tweets/texts happened.
 
The expression comes from the use of metaphor. As a normal receipt is used to show the shopping history of a customer, receipts in this context mean the texting history of a certain person. It is also related to the fact that normal receipts are usually connected to payment, and whenever a person shows your receipts (in this context), it means you did something wrong and you will pay for your actions. We also see semantic pejoration as this term gained a negative meaning.
Etymology : Receipts comes from the past participle of the medieval Latin word recipere which means written acknowledgment of goods or money received (Retrieved from etymonline.com). Through the use of metaphor and semantic pejoration, receipts gained the meaning described above.
Source : Friends (In college): Friend: “You told me you could come with me to the football game.” Me: “No I didn’t.” Friend: “Yes you did, i have the receipts.” Me: “Well, I can’t go.” (In-person, October 2018). This term became popular when Kim Kardashian and Taylor Swift had a social media feud (which they deleted from their account) and people had screenshots of their posts. To report the feud, people used the screenshots and started to call them receipts of the feud. This drama happened in 2016 (retrieved from slate.com).
Last modified: 11 December 2019


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