Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Over the past two weeks, I've had at least 10 strange men on the street yell, "Hey, Shorty" at me when I walk by. I'm not sure what this means. The hip-hop dictionary defines the term as, "affectionate term for a girlfriend, attractive female or concubine." I, however, am not sure if there are other implications of this term and if I should be insulted the next time I'm walking home from the gym in my leggings and some guy smoking pot on a bench says to me, "What's up, Shorty?" Do you have to be short to be called "Shorty?" Do you have to be showing a lot of ass? Does the person addressing you have to be stoned, homeless or crazy? Is it a threatening word or is it like being whistled at? What is the proper response?