Twanglish Lesson: Throw Down

Today’s Twanglish Lesson is a fun one … or a violent one. As with most Twanglish, context is everything.

For example, if you were to use this phrase in the context of a gathering of friends and family on a particularly happy day, you could expect at least a half-dozen people to peel out in their primer-colored Chevy Novas and return with trunks full of beer.

If, however, someone says this to you after you’ve made an offhand remark about his Momma, then you might want to prepare for fisticuffs. See? Context.

Still not clear on how to use the phrase? Well, that’s why Twanglish Lessons are here:

Throw Down noun 1. a party or festive event:

That Hank Jr. concert is gonna be a shonuff throw down.

2. a fist fight or brawl

verb 1. to host, coordinate or take part in a festive party, typically involving large quantities of alcohol

2. to fight or brawl:

Me and you is finna throw down if you don’t shut your dang mouth.

Variations: Tho’ Down

Now, here’s the complicated part. Sometimes a throw down can result in a throw down. You get too many Nova trunks full of Busch, and a fight will inevitably follow. Just ask NASCAR. Likewise, nothing attracts a crowd faster than a good fight. Sooner or later, someone in the crowd is gonna break open a case. A really good fight might even warrant a keg. And when the warring parties are plum tuckered out from fighting, the party will really begin.

So if you’re a buttery, nancy type, you might want to steer clear from throw downs altogether. You might even want to avoid the word. But if the best clothes in your wardrobe feature the local country radio station’s call letters, this Twanglish Lesson is for you. So go; throw down like nobody’s ever throwed down before.

3 Responses to “Twanglish Lesson: Throw Down”

  1. I recall Sir Mixalot inviting me to “triple x throw down.” What do you suppose he meant by that?

  2. the party don’t start til there has been a tho down according to the Theodore fb thread! LOL

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