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January 28, 2008


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I remember "big up" used as a verb in the liner notes to a 1995 drum and bass compilation.

In the column I gave a few examples of the verb "big up" being used in the early '90s (e.g., in Tony Rebel's 1992 song "Sweet Jamaica": "Help me big up Jamaica..."). As for the inflected verb ("big-upping X" rather than "bigging up X" or "bigging X up"), that can be traced all the way back to 1995 on Usenet (in a post on alt.rave: "he acted like a fool saying he big upped jungle and all that nonsense, but no one takes him seriously anyway").


My main man, Ali G, also uses "big up." "Big up to you" according to the HBO Ali G glossary means well done, pleased to meet you. Here's the full glossary for a completely off-topic frolic, detour, and wicked time: http://www.hbo.com/alig/glossary/.

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