I think it may have actually been coined by the Simpsons, making it one of several words from the show that have wound up entering the language ("d'oh", "cromulent", "embiggen", "unpossible", and Nelson's laugh). Has anybody heard it in a source earlier than that?
Is anybody aware of "tiny" meaning something in gang slang? I was looking at that bizarre list from the FBI of all the known gangs active in the United States, and I kept seeing things like "Tiny Papi Squad" and "Tiny Rascal Gangsters" (and others I didn't write down because they weren't so bizarre)--often enough that it seems like it must mean something.
This word was coined on the series "Will & Grace" by the character Jack during a game of Scrabble. He claimed it was a synonym for "spritz", saying that when he got up every morning he "spramped" his face with water.
As we see from the quotes, though, there is another definition; it's some sort of amorphous, arhythmic music played mostly on rock instruments, I think. I've heard some of Captain Beefheart's stuff described with it. Based on the word, you can probably guess what it sounds like.
If you want to see a hideous, hideous picture of one, take a look at Wikipedia. The term is a corruption for 'jeune d'Anvers', or 'young girl from Antwerp', but I can't figure out why they would call this that, unless Antwerp girls were TERRIFYINGLY HIDEOUS.
I found this awesome word on World Wide Words, and he says it goes back at least to 1992. No real record of its inception exists, but I'm guessing it's just a sniglet meaning "nitpicky, minute, pointless" such as "I want to add just one nitnoid detail" or "I like Facebook but people keep adding these stupid nitnoid comments like 'LOL' and 'OMG me too!'"
Aug 22, 2010
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