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OT: phat/vet/fat

From:daniel andreasson <danielandreasson@...>
Date:Saturday, July 13, 2002, 12:59
Roger Mills wrote:

> Mike Karapcik and Steg Belsky both came up with-- > > Ebonics/urban slang is not my strong suit, but > > from what I know, phat is an acronym for "Pretty Hot > > And Tempting".
> I'm somehow inclined to accept that. Even as I wrote > suggesting a connection with "emphatic" I was thinking, > that's a rather high-flown word to be the source...:-)
Why can't it simply be from "fat", just with a phatter spelling? I mean, you can (or rather 'could' :) say "grand" in pretty much the same way. The explanation "Pretty Hot And Tempting" seems to me to be a back-formation. Something like "bitch", which is "Babe In Total Control of Herself". NotSoObNatlang: We use "phat" in Swedish too, spelt "fett". One special thing though, is that we can use it as a prefix as well. |fetbra| --> |fet| 'phat' ; |bra| 'good' ==> "very good". ||| daniel -- danielandreasson @ |


Tristan McLeay <kesuari@...>