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Is "pimp'n" in this context a noun or a verb? Was he saying "I'm pimping" or was he calling this guy "pimp'n"? Can someone translate for me? I'm extremely caucasian and confused. Thanks.
04-04-2007, 02:37 AM
Pimpin' is an elided form of the present participle of the verb "to pimp."
In this sentence, it's semantically ambiguous. Either:
a) "pimp'n" is being used as a gerund in direct address, as an adjectival noun. (cf. "why you so low, blue?")
b) "pimp'n" is being used as a noun in direct address, as a nickname. If this were the use, the editor erred in not capitalizing.
c) "pimp'n" is being used as a present participle, but the speaker has omitted the subejct "I," "you," or "she" as well as the verb "am," "are," or "is." (Potentially, "has been.") This omission would convey a specific sense of urgency that may be the most appropriate in the circumstance. (cf. "AAAH! Bleeding!) However, under this interpretation, the editor erred in not using a period, semicolon, or exclamation point prior to "pimpin'."
04-04-2007, 02:48 PM
White you are, Kate.
I think that it's a general epithet rather than a specific nickname. I don't think these guys knew one another, but I may be wrong.
Think "pal" or "buddy".
04-04-2007, 02:51 PM
Thank you for the sig.
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