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ealiyev
Posted: Monday, January 14, 2019 6:35:08 AM
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Hello!

What does G mean in the following excerpt?

Tiger was close with Alicia and thought John should have married her by now. Back in the G when they used to kick it together real strong, John thought he would too. But she went ham on him all the time, and she wasn’t all the way right in the head.

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Posted: Monday, January 14, 2019 7:39:54 AM

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I've no idea.
What is the context?
American College slang?
American Ghetto slang? Maybe G means Ghetto . . .


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Marek Guman
Posted: Monday, January 14, 2019 7:42:04 AM

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ealiyev wrote:
Hello!

What does G mean in the following excerpt?

Tiger was close with Alicia and thought John should have married her by now. Back in the G when they used to kick it together real strong, John thought he would too. But she went ham on him all the time, and she wasn’t all the way right in the head.

Thanks in advance for your help!


I think G stands for some city name or some place.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Monday, January 14, 2019 7:49:51 AM

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That makes sense - it definitely sounds like a place.
I just couldn't think of anywhere which might be called "The G" - not many places have 'the' before them. It's "LA", not "The LA"; "NYNY" not "The NYNY".
but you do get "The Bronx" or "The Big Apple" and nicknames like that, so it's a good possibility.



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ealiyev
Posted: Monday, January 14, 2019 7:58:17 AM
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Thank you, Drag0nspeaker and Marek Guman! As far as I know, it is colloquial African-American variant. I don't have any additional information about the context.
Marek Guman
Posted: Monday, January 14, 2019 8:23:46 AM

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Drag0nspeaker wrote:
That makes sense - it definitely sounds like a place.
I just couldn't think of anywhere which might be called "The G" - not many places have 'the' before them. It's "LA", not "The LA"; "NYNY" not "The NYNY".
but you do get "The Bronx" or "The Big Apple" and nicknames like that, so it's a good possibility.



That's a good point, maybe "the" can also mean that the place is somehow important to characters or the plot of the book. And the place may exist only in the book.
Felix405
Posted: Monday, January 14, 2019 8:31:09 AM

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"G" might stand for "gang" - like "O.G." stands for "Orginal Gangsta (Gangster)"
taurine
Posted: Monday, January 14, 2019 9:12:40 AM

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Good old days

But that's nothing. I like ham and it seems to me that this ham had not been good.

So pa la enferma
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Monday, January 14, 2019 9:31:54 AM

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taurine wrote:
I like ham and it seems to me that this ham had not been good.

Yeah. It seems "go ham on someone" means "go berserk" or "attack wildly".


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ozok
Posted: Monday, January 14, 2019 9:55:25 AM
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a guess



just sayin'
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Monday, January 14, 2019 10:36:55 AM

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ozok wrote:

Well that all fits quite well - the right dialect, identical phrase etc.

It just doesn't say what "the G" is!

Is it the city, the town, the neighbourhood, the community or what? Perhaps it's all of them - in the same way that "home" can mean your town, neighbourhood, friends around you and everything all at once.


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Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Monday, January 14, 2019 10:53:49 AM

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Could it mean "years back"? G means also a thousand dollards, why not thousand years, figuratively.


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