[FoRK] Fwd: Happy slapping
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.
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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'.
Hit the plane down
Hit the plane down (taking over)
There's no survivors
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