|Slang City Mail|
|June 17, 2004|
Slang of the
Week: bucket (noun)
Ugly people can get a new look on the reality show Extreme Makeover. People with ugly houses can get a new look on TV’s Trading Spaces. But what about ugly cars?
MTV’s Pimp My Ride is a makeover show of the strangest sort. The show’s title comes from the word ride, meaning a car, and pimp (prostitutes’ manager), a profession associated with expensive and flashy automobiles. Xzibit takes lucky guests’ buckets to West Coast Customs car shop where they are not just repaired, but made into amazing machines outfitted with special accessories. One car got a remote control camera so the owner could take pictures while driving, and a pickup truck on the show got a ping pong table installed in the back.
Hoopty (sometimes hooptie) is a another word for bucket often heard in rap music, such as 50 Cent’s 21 Questions. Older synonyms include the vintage tin lizzie (1910s) and struggle-buggy (1920s), as well as my personal favorite from later in the twentieth century, crapmobile.
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