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    Props?

    Hey there

    I guess I am not down with the latest slang, at least I do not really understand the word "props", usually it is used in the context of giving props to somebody for instance: "Props to that guy for making this video".

    I guess it is like a recognition of the fact that something is good, am I right about that? And have you got a better explanation?

    And from what word does this word derive? And is it a US or UK thing?

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    Re: Props?

    Quote Originally Posted by lo2 View Post
    Hey there

    I guess I am not down with the latest slang, at least I do not really understand the word "props", usually it is used in the context of giving props to somebody for instance: "Props to that guy for making this video".

    I guess it is like a recognition of the fact that something is good, am I right about that? And have you got a better explanation?

    And from what word does this word derive? And is it a US or UK thing?
    I've never heard it, perhaps it's an American thing.

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    Re: Props?

    Urban Dictionary: props

    Short for "proper" as in "proper respect" or "proper recognition."

    It's not in common use outside of certain age and ethnic groups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Urban Dictionary: props

    Short for "proper" as in "proper respect" or "proper recognition."

    It's not in common use outside of certain age and ethnic groups.
    Which are those ages and ethnic groups, Dave?

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    It's from the world of rap and hip hop.

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    I think I heard in on both Ray William Johnson's show on YouTube. And on the Colbert Report.

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    Re: Props?

    I'd say it's a bit more wide spread that rap and hip-hop. I've certainly heard it at work, and I assure you there are plenty of middle-aged white men where I work.

    Props to Jack and his team for pulling that presentation together so quickly.
    Props to Mary, who designed the fabulous holiday card we were all so proud to send to our clients.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Yes, it has spread some. But I would not recommend an ESL person trying to give out "props to his peeps."

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    But I would not recommend an ESL person trying to give out "props to his peeps."
    I concur entirely.

    I feel that way about most slang. Anyone who does not have an item of slang as part of their organically acquired vocabulary is more likely than not going to sound ridiculous using it. Ask any teenager how they feel about their parents trying to use their slang around their friends.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Yes. A Colbert may get away with it because he is knowingly sounding ironic in trying to sound hip.

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