[FoRK] Fwd: Happy slapping

Joe Barrera joe at barrera.org
Thu May 19 11:31:36 PDT 2005

Hmm. Compare and contrast "happy slapping" with kancho

Worse: imagine the worst of both worlds.

- Joe

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Happy slapping
Date: Fri, 13 May 2005 11:41:03 +0100
From: Phrasefinder UK <admin at phrasefinder.co.uk>
Reply-To: <admin at phrasefinder.co.uk>
To: A Phrase A Week <apaw at phrasefinder.co.uk>

Happy slapping is in the news in the UK at the moment. If you aren’t 
familiar with the term think yourself lucky and hope that this ‘craze’ 
doesn’t reach your country anytime soon.


Unprovoked attacks on individuals made in order to record the event, and 
especially the victim's shock and surprise, on video phones.


Happy slapping - otherwise known as bitch slapping, began as a youth 
craze in the UK in late 2004. Children or passers by are slapped or 
otherwise mugged by one or more of a gang while other record the event 
on video and then distribute it by phone or Internet.

Initially the attacks were, as the phrase would have us believe, fairly 
minor pranks. Slapping is street slang for any form of violence though, 
and as the craze has spread the attacks have become more vicious and are 
often serious assaults known in legal circles as grievous bodily harm. 
The attacks, which were often spontaneous and random in school 
playgrounds and on public transport, have become more organised. They 
are now often undertaken in areas were no CCTV cameras or witnesses are 

The mentality of the adherents to this craze is clear from one posting 
in 2005 in an Internet forum used by such: "If you feel bored wen ur 
about an u got a video phone den bitch slap sum norman, innit."

'Norman' is a slang term for straight, conventional person, which for 
the street gangs that indulge in this includes pretty well everyone 
else. It came into the language during the time of the Thatcher 
government that included Normans Tebbit and Lamont.

Happy slapping itself was no doubt coined as the antithesis of 'happy 
clappy', a state of mind that would be despised by the street gang 
muggers who prefer 'slapping'.
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