Propers, props

Posted by Masakim on April 23, 2003

In Reply to: Propers, props posted by ESC on April 23, 2003

: : I've been hearing the phrase "I give you props" a lot lately and I became curious about what it could mean, but I have no idea. Anyone know?

: : Thanks, Dali

: 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