September 03, 2003

Definition Of Bling Bling bling

So I saw an MSNBC headline that said, "Don't be dissing the bling bling! Teach!" And, you know, what the hell is bling bling? I mean, I know it's some rap thingyadayadayada. That's what my head does right after I hear or think the word "rap"yadayadayada. So I look it up: Google: "bling-bling" definition. And I came to this page. It is hilarious. Excerpt:

n. synonym for expensive, often flashy jewelry sported mostly by African American hip-hop artists and middle class Caucasian adolescents.

the sound light makes reflecting off of chrome

Posted by Curt at September 3, 2003 12:29 PM

Anyone who is stupid enough to use the phrase "bling-bling" should be shot.

Posted by: at September 18, 2003 04:50 PM

Thanks for the definition of bling-bling. This is where I encountered it:

From SFGate describing a high society opening night gala in San Francisco:

There was plenty of gold, glitz and glamour at the Opera opening and, fortunately, no one chose to dress like Susan B. Anthony: She was never big on bling-bling.


Posted by: robert at September 19, 2003 12:23 PM

I saw "bling bling" ALL OVER the People Magazine issue about the Oscars. Now I know why I stopped reading that stupid magazine.

Posted by: Alexis at March 9, 2004 02:54 PM

When I lived in London in 2002, I heard "Bling Bling" being used to describe the Hip Hop collective 'So Solid Crew'. I think the creator of Bling Bling was in fact BA Baracus and noone should have ever tried to copy his style as they can only look foolish compared to the big man.

Posted by: Nathan at March 10, 2004 02:55 AM

Now I understand the title of that comedy skit on "Mad TV":

"Lord of the Bling"

Posted by: rappion at March 14, 2004 06:27 PM

The New York Times crossword puzzle had bling bling as a clue...had never heard the phrase, but the answer was gold chain

Posted by: Karen at March 21, 2004 08:32 PM

the first time i heard bling bling used.. was in my social studies class, and my teacher actually said it.

Posted by: Kathy at April 20, 2004 06:27 PM

This is even worse than seeing it in "People":

Why Male Bowerbirds Decorate As Well As Dance
Virginia Morell
Science 16 April 2004; 304: 372 [DOI:10.1126/science.304.5669.372]
(in News of the Week)

Science is one of the most prestigious journals reporting original research and science news. The author refers to the shiny blue objects collected by courting male bowerbirds as "bling bling."

Some people just shouldn't try to be hip/cool or whatever.

It isn't even original; this is from the link at the top of the page:

"1) Direct examples may be found in most rap videos, although the origins of this behaviour may be traced back to the MALE PEACOCK, whose large tail allowed him to attract several mates while at the same time rendering him defenseless against predators, or in the case of rappers, useless to society." (Emphasis added)

Posted by: EJS at April 29, 2004 10:53 AM

?????????????? dumbest thing I have ever heard in my live,,bling bling?????????? baby talk??????

Posted by: What The Hell at April 30, 2004 06:26 PM

The first time I heared it used was by a 75 year old man..... believe it or not. The person I was with had no idea what the hell he was saying either. Since then I have heared it everywhere...... now that I know what it means it still sounds moronic.

Posted by: KKelly at May 6, 2004 11:56 AM

Gary Dourdan's character Warrick Brown's statement during last week's CSI about a victim and bling-bling made me want to shake the necks of the writers, or whoever slipped in this very phony-sounding reference into the script of my favorite show! Gary didn't look too convincing speaking the line, and I bet it evinced more groans than laughs from other viewers as well. Enough already! Blech, blech!

Posted by: Dinilogi at May 15, 2004 03:22 AM

Ah, yes, the second definition may be as bad as the "word" itself. "The sound light makes reflecting off of chrome" Maybe "The light sound makes reflecting off of chrome" would make more sense.

Posted by: Dnels at July 15, 2004 12:34 PM

I have hear the original reference as being from the 1920's as slang meaning something that was classy ir ornate. I'm not surprised to see a75 year-old used the term. It's not new, just re-invented.

Posted by: finguy at July 22, 2004 08:09 PM

But where the the word come from? Who coined it, I mean, minted it, I mean smithed it?

Posted by: Get To The Bottom Of This at August 1, 2004 08:47 AM

The first time I heard this word, it was used in a Korean rap song where a guy says some girls looks at his bling bling at a nightclub. I guess it was a song about a guy using 'false' 'cheap' jewelry for style at places like nightclubs to 'tease' girls there.
For reference there are some similar words in chinese meaning the same thing also.
I'm sorry to hear that people here didn't like the sound of it because it was used quite well in rhythm in the song I know.

Posted by: soo-woon bae at November 13, 2004 11:20 PM

Okay, first of all, how does light make a sound. let alolne relfecting off of chrome?? and second of all, I here the word bling bling used all the time - me and my cousin kid around and talk like that sometimes and its funny, especially when used in the Lord of the Bling. So don't diss it, okay? People can talk how they want to talk. so cool it.

Posted by: wtf at November 23, 2004 08:09 PM

The definition at the top of this page chalks a hella-fine line between racism and the sublime. I too would love to know where the term was first coined. Regardless, I think it wins the prize for "Phrase Most Rapidly and Throuroughly Expropriated by Pop-Culture Media In A Pathetic Attempt to Sound Hip" of 2004.

Posted by: Jeffey Boy at January 20, 2005 01:56 AM

I'm a 62 y0 grandmother, and I love to hear the words 'bling-bling'. I think it originated in Jamaica, doesn't's cool. My daughter's answering machine says "bling-bling" when it is ready to accept a message, and I have affectionately dubbed Bling-Bling as another one of my in "Bling-Bling, go get your mother or dad.."

Posted by: mamalou at February 3, 2005 10:04 AM

i thought it was the name of a panda

Posted by: t mansfield at February 7, 2005 08:42 AM

Now it is mostly used to describe incredibly cheap knockoff jewelry.

Posted by: Paul at February 28, 2005 08:52 AM

I find it humorous that only 90% of dictionaries accept Bling Bling as a word. And the only root word I can find is Bladed ring,what does that have to do with Bling Bling?

Posted by: Dave at March 5, 2005 11:08 AM

Merriam Webster's online dictionary has never heard of it.

Posted by: Karen at March 9, 2005 12:38 PM

Bling Bling is a cool word!! my friends and i use it all the time, and we think it's great and just funny! - c'mon, just chill it people, don't get too philosiphical over a little cute word!

Posted by: bling bling at May 16, 2005 05:00 PM