Posted by ESC on January 16, 2004
In Reply to: "Props to____" posted by Kiwi on January 16, 2004
: my friends and I use the phrase "PROPS TO *so-and-so* for ...." to commend someone for doing something, or give them credit for some unexpected achievement. None of us really know where it came from, though... or if we use it correctly. (small town, doesn't really matter much, but we're just curious)
: Any insight regarding the meaning/origin??
Propers = proper respect.
From the archives:
PROPERS - "1) Respect. 2) Recognition for doing or saying something. Also 'props,' newer term." From "Black Talk: Words and Phrases from the Hood to the Amen Corner" by Geneva Smitherman (Houghton Mifflin Co., New York, N.Y., 1994)
props/propers n.2 [1980s+] [US Black] 1 any form of support, e.g. weapons, friends, influence. 2 respect, admiration.
get props v. [1990s] [US Black] to gain respect, admiration. [abbr. SE _proper respect_]
give props v. [1990s] [US Black] to applaud, to praise, to acknowledge as good.
From _Cassell's Dictionary of Slang_ by Jonathon Green