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Receipt

noun Metonymy
A recording of events to prove you held an opinion at a certain time, or to prove that someone is innocent or guilty (usually guilty) of acting in an inappropriate manner or saying something untoward.
 
Often if someone is accused of doing something wrong such as using racist terminology, or verbally harassing someone, and the validity of the claim is called into question a speaker may point the questioner to the “receipts” which prove one way or another.
Etymology : Frequent usage on twitter, and other internet forums. Likely originated, and at least popularized by a Whitney Houston interview in 2002. When asked by interviewer Diane Sawyer, about Houston’s alleged drug habit, Houston responded, “I wanna see the receipts…I wanna see the receipts,” implying there was no proof of the allegation.
Source : “I’m pretty sure I have tweets from before where I was like hmm… I don’t get it guys. I certainly have preseason receipts on Nick” – Kirsten MacInnis, RobHasAPodcast Sept. 25 2019.
Last modified: 11 December 2019


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