of the Week: bling bling (noun)
shows of wealth, such as gold jewelry, diamonds, expensive cars, etc.
John came into the club wearing so much bling bling
that it hurt our eyes to look at him.
"I like early hip-hop. Schooly D and Ice T. That kinda stuff. When
the lyrics were about street life, not 'Look at my Benz an' my Bitches
an' my Bling-Bling.' Jam Master Jay was a genius, by
the way. I loved the beat behind Rock Box."
-Rodney Anonymous of the group Dead Milkmen
As the Big Brovas note in the song Gotta Get, “If you want
the bling bling you gotta have chi-ching.”
Chi-ching, also called ching-ching and
ka-ching, is money. The word comes from the sound of
a cash register ringing up a sale.
Although the expression bling bling comes from hip-hop
culture, it seems to be finding its way into the mainstream. A recent
magazine advertisement for Hummers reads, “B to the L to the I to
the N to the G.” In case you are not a car enthusiast, the Hummer
is an incredibly huge and expensive vehicle originally built for military
use. It has become a big status symbol in the US and is the ultimate bling
bling. Its base price is over $110, 000 - that’s the cost
of a three bedroom house in Chicago. Of course, if you live in Boston,
as I do, you need at least twice as much chi-ching to
buy a little condominium, so you may as well get the car and sleep in
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