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October 10, 2005

Bling: Urban Slang or Sound in a Cartoon?

I was intrigued by the name of a recent post at , "Ning Bling."

Being in the naming business, it got me thinking about the origins of the word Bling. Bling-Bling, a 1999 hip-hop song by The B.G. popularized this term. It is thought to be derived from the sound effect used in cartoons to denote light glistening off jewels.

However, the Oxford English Dictionary, the arbitor of all words English, has not acknowledged the existence of the word Bling. Yet, that is.

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Posted by William Lozito at October 10, 2005 1:26 PM
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Very surprising that you state that OED has yet to recognize the word Bling. In 2003, the term bling-bling which is where the word bling derives from was added to the OED. It was among 6,000 words/slang terms added to the OED. I found it rather odd that you added that as a sidebar; especially two years after the word was recognized.


If you search OED for "Bling," there are 0 results. I just tried.

Sorry, just went off of reports Associated Press posted. AP is usually reliable, and I remember there being a big deal about certain slang words being introduced into OED.

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