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Rape

verb; analogy
To perform well academically or athletically. For some reason, success has become equated with violence in today’s linguistic culture. Today’s society is certainly much less violent than that of previous times, so I am not sure why this change has occurred. Perhaps it as to do with the manner in which drunkenness has become associated with violence, as we discussed in class. In any case, when one performs well academically or athletically, the term “rape” often crops up to describe one’s performance. I am wary of making this claim, but I suppose that in a perverted sense, the raper does succeed, in the sense that he has sexual intercourse with his victim. The other terms used to describe success revolve more around possession and violence than around sex, so I assume the word rape was formed by analogy to these terms, although rape seems the most disturbing of all the terms that one could use. Synonyms to the word “rape” in this context include “owned,” “destroyed,” “annihilated,” “manhandled,” and “smoked (as in “killed”). I would also note the use of the word “rape” in this definition might be restricted to the male sex, since I believe women would be less comfortable saying that they “raped” something (Since men are usually the rapers and women are usually the raped, when it comes to sexual rape). However, the sexual politics of “rape” in this case may not be along definitively heterosexual lines, as I have heard many people say something like “I raped that test in this asshole.” Dictionary Entry: RAPE, verb.
 
I totally raped that test.
Etymology : Middle English rapen, from Latin rapere “to seize.”
Source : Conversation with friend describing the manner in which he easily completed his test.
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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