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    #11

    Re: pretty def and all

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    There was also, of course, the band Def Leppard, back in the day.
    Actually, that has nothing to do with the word def in the sense we're talking of here.

    I agree with Soothing Dave thay def has come and gone.
    This from the brilliant Online Slang Dictionary:

    def

    • hip hop (including graffiti) slang for 'great'. Taken from the root word 'definitive'. Def Jam records took their name from this term. The term originated in New York in the early 1980s. It made it into the Oxford English Dictionary in 1993, whereby Rick Rubin (president of Def American Records) and members of the rap community subsequently had a mock funeral for the word, with a eulogy performed by Al Sharpton.

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    #12

    Re: pretty def and all

    Yeah, "Def Leppard" is just an intentional misspelling.

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    #13

    Re: pretty def and all

    Well, that's another one that's passed me by. That's no surprise as I was never into hip-hop. I'm sure it has its place but it won't bother me if the word goes the same way as "sick" and the inexplicable "dench" (both meaning "great/excellent").
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #14

    Re: pretty def and all

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    it won't bother me if the word goes the same way as "sick" and the inexplicable "dench" (both meaning "great/excellent").
    You might not be glad to know that unlike dench, sick is going as strong as ever on both sides of the Atlantic, and I assume in the southern hemisphere too. I'm confident it's here to stay for many years to come.

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    #15

    Re: pretty def and all

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    There was also, of course, the band Def Leppard, back in the day. I agree with Soothing Dave that def has come and gone.

    As far as we can trust Wikipedia,supposedly that's an intentional modification of 'Deaf Leopard' "to make it seem less like a punk band" - whatever that's supposed to mean. It does cite a source, though, so it may be true and have no connection to the rap/hip-hop slang.
    Wear short sleeves! Support your right to bare arms!

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    #16

    Re: pretty def and all

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    As far as we can trust Wikipedia,supposedly that's an intentional modification of 'Deaf Leopard' "to make it seem less like a punk band" - whatever that's supposed to mean. It does cite a source, though, so it may be true and have no connection to the rap/hip-hop slang.
    It is def-initely true (heh heh). I've heard lead singer Joe Elliot say as much.

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    #17

    Re: pretty def and all

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    As far as we can trust Wikipedia,supposedly ...
    Wikipedia always puts me in mind of C. Northcote Parkinson's wonderful essay on negative infallibility. He points out that corporations spend millions trying to hire executives who are always right, while failing to exploit the large group of people who are always wrong.

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    #18

    Re: pretty def and all

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    Wikipedia always puts me in mind of C. Northcote Parkinson's wonderful essay on negative infallibility. He points out that corporations spend millions trying to hire executives who are always right, while failing to exploit the large group of people who are always wrong.
    That's a discriminatory policy, isn't it?
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