Everytime I come around yo city
Gotta love the Oxford English Dictionary. They've gone bling-bling.
The term, which is used to describe diamonds, jewelry and all forms of showy style, was coined by New Orleans rap family Cash Money Millionaires back in the late '90s and started gaining national awareness with a song titled "Bling Bling" by Cash Money artist BG.
Which gives me an excuse to repring one of my favorite stories.
B to the Ling
I come out of work today and head towards the parking lot. As I'm about to open my car door I'm accosted by a rather haggard looking man. He grabs my shoulder and speaks animatedly, but I have no idea what language he is speaking. I'm trying to make out at least the last word, which sounds like either schwing or bring.
"Excuse me?" I say. "Bring?"
I notice he has no teeth. He may be speaking English for all I know, but it's hard to sound coherent without teeth.
"mumblemumble ling ling"
"Ling?" I think maybe he's asking me for money, but I can't be sure. He's exasperated.
I look at him quizically. "Bling bling?" I ask.
He stares for a moment, his hand still on my shoulder. Then he breaks out into a wide, toothless grin.
"Bling Bling!!!" He says, excitedly.
He then reaches into his sweatshirt and pulls out a gold chain. At the end of the chain is a large, plastic, gold colored dollar sign. He tilts back his head and laughs.
"Bling Bling!" he cries, and walks away.
January 22, 2002 03:24 PM