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October 19, 2005
Slang of the Week: sprung (adjective)

Corey had never been in love before, but when he saw Maria standing at the bus stop with her SpongeBob SquarePants backpack, he was sprung.

Celebrity quote:
“I'm sprung
Now that she got me—
Got me doin' things I'll never do…”
-Singer T-Pain

T-Pain has got it bad. In the song I’m Sprung, he explains that his girlfriend has “got him doin’ da dishes, anything she want for some kisses.” Despite the fact that she is mean to him and keeps him away from his friends, he has a hard time leaving her.

This woman, who he says is “not even my main lady” also prevents him from seeing his other ronisThis term for a sweet girl dates back more than fifteen years. In the early nineties, rapper Vanilla Ice boasted in Get Wit It, “Don’t chase a roni ’cuz I know that I can get ’em/I’m not the type so I don’t even sweat ’em.”

But Mr. Ice, Ice, Baby was not the only musician to have had a way with the ladies back in the day. In 1982, Michael Jackson was calling the object of his desire by the original form of that endearment—tenderoni—in the song P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing).

What’s new at Slang City?
“Whatcha gonna do with all that junk, all that junk inside your trunk.” No, is not talking about a car. Learn more in our Standard English translation of My Humps by the Black Eyed Peas.