Have you ever heard someone get smacked so hard that it sounded like a shotgun blast? Watch this video, the kid getting smacked allegedly made some racist comments to his classmates and paid for it.
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The word was first recorded in 1632, probably as a form of Onomatopoeia. It shares its beginning consonants with several other English words related to violence, such as “slash”, “slay”, and “slam”. The word is found in several English colloquialisms, such as, “slap fight”, “slap-happy”, “slapshot”, “slapstick”, “slap on the wrist” (as a mild punishment), “slap in the face” (as an insult or, alternatively, as a reproof against a lewd or insulting comment), and “slap on the back” (an expression of friendship or congratulations).
In jazz and other styles of music, the term refers to the action of pulling an instrument’s strings back and allowing them to smack the instrument: see Slapping (music). “Bitch slap” is African-American slang that dates back to the 1990s. It is used to mean killing a woman, or to refer to a woman hitting a man, or a woman or gay man haranguing somebody, or a man hitting someone else in an effeminate way. Bitch slap has also been used in American prisons since the 1990s to refer to slapping instead of punching, with the implication that the perpetrator isn’t “man enough” to deliver a closed-fist punch.
For about five years beginning in 2004, happy slapping became a UK fad. Happy slapping is the phenomenon whereby kids assault someone while being taped by a friend on their mobile phone: afterwards the video is uploaded to a site like YouTube. Media coverage of the alleged trend led to a nationwide moral panic, including a call by one Member of Parliament for schools to block mobile phone signals. The purpose of a slap is often to humiliate, more than injure. A “slap in the face” is a common idiom, dating back to the late 1800s, that means to rebuke, rebuff or insult.
In his 2004 text The Naked Woman: A Study of the Female Body, anthropologist Desmond Morris defines what he calls the “cheek slap,” which he describes as “the classic action of a lady responding to the unwelcome attentions of a male.” Morris categorizes the cheek slap as a “display blow”, meaning one that is impossible to ignore but doesn’t cause much damage. The word “slap” is frequently used to minimize the perceived violence of an act, even if the act was especially severe. One person may hit another across the face and injure him/her severely, but in calling it a slap, it may seem less severe, since slapping is often associated with minor violence.
Slapping is viewed differently by different cultures. In Iceland, slapping of children is viewed as an extreme form of physical abuse, whereas in the United Kingdom it is seen by only some parents as abusive, and even then only moderately so. However, it is illegal in Scotland to smack a child. A 1998 Indian study found a high rate of approval for husbands slapping their wives, particularly among husbands and middle-class Indians. In some cultures, when girls menstruate for the first time, their mothers often slap them across the face, a cultural tradition thought by some to signify the difficulties of life as a woman.