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blingin'

adjective; sound symbolism
decorated with gaudy, reflective jewelry that are usually gold and/or contain large precious stones This is a visual onomatopoeia. The bling sounds like the “sound” produced when seeing light reflect off of bling, or gaudy jewelry. This word would be coined because it is more descriptive than existing words. It incorporates both the sense of sight and sound into one word. This word is associated with the hip-hop music community where music artists have made this style of ornamentation popular and would thus be used by those that listen to that music genre, or satirically by those who find the whole culture a little ridiculous and over the top.
 
Did you see the blingin’ Han in the window?
Etymology : bling 'gaudy, reflective jewelry' + in(g) 'ADJ'
Source : roommate -referring to a cardboard cutout of Han Solo with an old-fashioned alarm clock draped around its neck
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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