Throwing shade enjoys broad use in colloquial speech and digital communication.
I had to look it up the first time I saw it. You're right, sorry. The word seems to be gaining ground, meaning what bicontinental says, above. Word Games What did you just call me?!
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The phrase is especially used in internet memes to make light of petty feuds between celebrities, politicians, and other public figures. You don't have to watch RuPaul's Drag Race to have heard the expression throw shade , or sometimes just shade.
If you want an example of someone who throws perfect shade in every way, that would be pop star Rihanna. Shade's popularity has only grown since, showing up in a host of Internet memes, including one featuring the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, rolling her eyes at then-Speaker of the House, John Boehner, at a post-inaugural luncheon in 2013.
But this year, during the 2018 Winter Games Opening Ceremonies, some shade was definitely thrown in a few directions. Patrick Johnson, a professor of African-American studies at Northwestern University who has written on insults within the gay and black communities, shade is something that has been a part of the American black experience since slavery, when a direct insult could result in death. Erebos12345 , Jul 19, 2018.
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Log in or Sign up. The term spread further into the public lexicon thanks to its use by major personalities like Ellen DeGeneres and widely read publications such as BuzzFeed and HuffPost.
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