Breaktime - Yoofspeak

17th June 2011 at 01:00


Means - Copycat

Usage (n) - "That sneaky bredder's always suckin' up, you don't need him." (v) "Don't be breddin' my style, man!"

Although it's now an all-purpose term for someone who copies, including the fellow pupil (male or female) who is peering over your shoulder in class, pen in hand, there are several more layers of meaning to this fashionable insult. The bredder - the word was popularised by grime star Dizzee Rascal in 2007 - can also be a hanger-on, a mini-me who imitates your mannerisms, takes credit for your fashion statements. Breddin' can consist not just of cheating by copying but of stealing ideas, bigging oneself up, making false claims and letting down friends. Spelling is usually optional for the Yoof, but in this case there is a fine distinction that must be observed between "bredda(h)", Caribbean for brother, a genuine friend, someone you can rely on, and our new and ironic version of the same word.

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