It’s All About The Bling-Bling

Virginia Rohan of the Bergen County Record chronicled the explosion of the term “bling bling” after New Orleans rapper named coined the phrase in his 1999 song. Now the Oxford English Dictionary is about to officially induct it into the lexicon. “We’re going to draft an entry, which we’ll probably publish soon,” says Jesse Sheidlower, principal editor of the OED’s North American Editorial Unit, who says it will be added online (as all new entries are) and will probably include several senses of bling-bling as a verb, noun, and adjective. “We decide based on currency. In a case like bling-bling, it’s very widespread.”

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