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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").

http://www.bigupproductions.com/

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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