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June 09, 2008


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I didn't know the word for the knuckle bump greeting before. Great to know. It will be interesting to the impact of the Obama's doing the dap. Certainly less dramatic than the Gore's big kiss.

Crossword puzzles are so educational! I learned the word dap from an Onion A.V. Club crossword by Tyler Hinman in June 2007. He clued it as [High five cousin]. Tyler and I and our team were wont to dap when we had correct answers at bar trivia nights.

That is SO much cooler than Dubya's recent "chest bump":

@Karen: Isn't it great that the UK papers can get away with those snarky captions?

Apparently no one recognizes the fist bump as Howie Mandel's (Deal or No Deal) trademark greeting. Mandel is a germophobe and won't shake hands the ordinary way. His recent celebrity, and use of the dap on other TV shows and interviews, may be partly the reason for the resurgence of this particular gesture.

Watch the elbow. If the elbow is down and in, closer to the body, in position to throw a short jab to the shoulder with your head down a bit you're sending the signal that you are going to "dap".
If the elbow is out away from the body, as if you're going to throw a ball, then get ready for a "high five" as you pass. Practice in the mirror. You'll see. Others may be wandering about in confusion, but not you! (This post has been corroborated by three basketball playing teens.) (I got the lowdown from their mom at a pub last night)

"Au reet" (phonetic) is the greeting that, since time immemorial, one Yorkshire man has used to another. The response is either the same words returned or, "Yer, mau reet" (Yes, I'm all right).

What's all this 'Hepcat' nonsense?

@John: I don't know anything about Yorkshire dialect, but I do know this lyric from "A Zoot Suit" (1942):

I want a zoot suit with a reet pleat
And a drape shape, and a stuff cuff
To look sharp enough to see my Sunday gal

You want a reef sleeve with a right stripe
And a rare square, so the gals will stare
When they see you struttin' with your Sunday pal

Source: http://lyricsplayground.com/alpha/songs/a/azootsuit.shtml

@Barry: I obviously don't watch enough television. Thanks for the great observation!

I guess there's 'reet petite' as well. In Yorkshire dialect; 'reet', meaning 'right', meaning 'really'. I suppose the hepcats must have got the word from somewhere?

As for "RHHDAS provides a 1983 citation asserting that dap means "beautiful" in Vietnamese.":

I'm living in Vietnam now, and "beautiful" is actually pronounced "dep" in Vietnamese (spelled as "đẹp"). So I think they got that part wrong.

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