Redefinition: Bet

Redefinition: Bet

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  • Person 1: Hey you wanna play 2k? Person 2: Bet. Person 1: No, no, no I don't want to put money on the game. Person 2: That's not what I mean! Bet means something else, don't you know that. Person 1: I've heard people say it more often recently, but I didn't understand why. Can you explain it?? Person 2: Of course. I use it all the time.
  • Definition: Bet is a short filler word used when you agree with a comment made by a friend, affirm their belief, or simply consider something to be cool. The word has flexibility when people use it, but all of the meanings affirm or agree with the original speaker’s views. It can be used in many contexts so sometimes, like my example before, it can be a little confusing.
  • Exigence: I am redefining this word as it is a perfect example of how a word in someone's generation can develop new meanings and change over time. I think it is very cool that from when our parents generation to now, bet has changed part of its meaning.
  • The original definition, however, is still in tact and is used just as much if not more as the new definition because more people understand it. Now lets look at some examples of the evolved definition of bet. It is only the younger generation that has evolved the word into meaning something other than original purpose.
  • Person A: Hey, you wanna go swimming? Person B: Bet, it's really hot out Person A: Awesome *Both jump in*
  • Person A: So wanna play some basketball? Person B: Yea sure I played in high school so I'm not bad. Person A: Bet, so did I that's dope. Person B: Word, let's go.
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