|Slang City Mail|
|March 17, 2005|
Slang of the
Week: a buck fifty (noun phrase)
So did 50 Cent get his nickname because he had a scar that only required fifty stitches? Actually, the rapper formerly known as Curtis Jackson is rumored to have named himself after a neighborhood drug dealer in Queens, where he grew up.
And based on his close relationship with 50 Cent, you might think G-Unit’s Young Buck is named after money, since buck is slang for a dollar. But in fact, the nickname he got from the older hustlers he spent time with as a teenager was about his age.
A young buck is an adolescent male and the word is related to the Standard English word for the male deer, since teenage boys often display the same kind of reckless behavior that bucks do during mating season.
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