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 Wifebeater (slang) - Education - Information - Educational Resources - Encyclopedia - Music
Wife beater, also wifebeater, and sometimes abbreviated as simply beater, is a slang term used in the United States to refer to a tank top style shirt when worn as a sole, outer layer (as opposed to being worn as an undershirt).
The origin of the term is from the belief that the shirts are worn predominantly by men who beat their wives; fl tank tops were often worn by Ike Turner, a notorious abuser of his wife Tina.
Use of the term wifebeater to describe an article of clothing (as opposed to its literal use) is relatively new, perhaps originating as early as the 1970s.
www.music.us /education/W/Wifebeater-(slang).htm   (585 words)

  
 liveawear.org » Blog Archive »
Wifebeaters are people who physically and/or emotionally abuse their partners.  Not tanktops.
The first time I heard the white tank referred to as a “wifebeater” I was in a certification class to work on a domestic violence and stalking hotline six years ago.
Why not call it by the name of the shirt it is famous for in the movie—how about calling it the “brando” for when he wore it in the movie “streetcar named desire” or the “stella” where he stood outside and yelled for her while he was wearing it.
liveawear.org /blog/?p=1   (1816 words)

  
 1970s Slang
Slang is the non-standard use of words in a language and sometimes the creation of new words or importation of words from another language.
Slang is often particular to a brief period of time, with...
Diner slang was popular in diners, lunch rooms and luncheonettes from the 1920s until the 1970s.
www.casino-jargon.com /2/1970s-slang.html   (605 words)

  
 Urban Dictionary: wifebeater
Urban Dictionary is a slang dictionary with your definitions.
2) The main definition for Slang Urban purposes A type of sleeveless undershirt, of the kind that used to be worn by almost all men in the 50's.
3 pints of Wifebeater and a packet of salt and vinegar crisps please bartender.
www.urbandictionary.com /define.php?term=wifebeater   (641 words)

  
 'Not a wifebeater' campaign tackles abuse   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
"Wifebeaters are people who physically and/or emotionally abuse their partners -- [wifebeaters aren't] tank tops," the three groups declared in a joint statement.
Liveawear uses net proceeds from the sale of the soft, cotton-blend tops to increase public awareness of partner violence and to break the silence and erase the stigma that surrounds the issue.
"Wifebeater" as fashion lingo grew out of the slovenly appearance of belching brutes who physically abuse women.
www.post-gazette.com /pg/06148/693206-314.stm   (538 words)

  
 liveawear.org » Blog Archive » It’s “not a wifebeater” so lets CHANGE THE NAME
Growing up in New Jersey, wifebeaters were called “Guinney T’s” (not sure of spelling) in reference to the Italians that were known to wear them.
I used to call these tanks wifebeaters, but since I was an abused wife (I am not anymore; I am out of that trechorous situation), I find it very offensive.
I don’t believe that the slang will ever be eliminated, however, I commend your efforts and will be more aware of my and other people’s use of such distasteful terms.
liveawear.org /blog/?p=11   (1291 words)

  
 UCLA Today: Students track down latest lingo for class
Every four years, undergraduates in Pamela Munro's "Slang" seminar spend a quarter in hot pursuit of the latest figures of speech as an exercise in the complexities of language.
Recently, their efforts produced a 130-page dictionary, complete with parts of speech, definitions and, in some cases, details on the origin of a word or phrase.
Ergo, the term "wifebeater" for the thin white tank-top undershirt that's seen around campus.
www.today.ucla.edu /2001/010731lingo.html   (354 words)

  
 The Mavens' Word of the Day   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Just about everyone under thirty has heard this nasty little bit of slang, and we've all asked "how?!" and "why?!?" The term first cropped up a few years ago, with the first written citation dating from 1996, just as the sleeveless athletic shirts were making their fashion comeback.
The slang seems to have come from a healthy sense of self-mockery, as teens across the nation slipped into something comfortable, looked at themselves in the mirror, and said "Ughh.
However, many slang experts argue that, far from glamorizing domestic violence, this tongue-in-cheek name mocks the self-conscious machismo of the upper-class teen as he struggles to evoke the blue-collar image of another time and place.
www.randomhouse.com /wotd/index.pperl?date=20000706   (291 words)

  
 XxCharlaBallaxX's Xanga Site   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Wife beater, also wifebeater, and sometimes abbreviated as simply beater, is a slang term used in North America, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand and various other places to refer to an A-shirt, tank top, singlet, or 'muscle shirt' when worn as a sole, outer layer as opposed to being worn as an undershirt.
This term is often seen as demeaning and is often associated with the similarly derogatory phrase "white trash".
Wifebeaters are also popular in the street gang culture of the United States.
www.xanga.com /XxCharlaBallaxX   (1135 words)

  
 The Wife Beater defined - hockeyfights.com forums
He also wore a wifebeater that said "I beat my wife" on it.
here in NYC, "wifebeater" tees, as they're referred to in the article, are affectionately known as "guinea tees".
Origin from old NYC days when italian immigrants adorned this top whilest working the bridges, tunnels, and/or main highways...these "guinea tees" are VERY popular amongst young italian american males to this day citing the tees structural feature in that it can easily showcase ones superior muscle mass and superior skin ink application(s).
www.hockeyfights.com /forums/showthread.php?p=320769   (459 words)

  
 Mother Tongue Annoyances » What is a "Wifebeater" T-Shirt?
Wife beater, also wifebeater, and sometimes abbreviated as simply beater, is a slang term used in North America to refer to a tank top style shirt when worn as a sole, outer layer (as opposed to being worn as an undershirt).
Bartleby.com posits that the ordinary short-sleeved T-shirt (or tee shirt) may derive from the fact that the garment looks like the letter T when it is spread out.
I would hope that my readers understand the difference between the pop-culture symbol the "wifebeater" shirt represents and the separate and distinct issue of domestic violence.
www.mtannoyances.com /?p=166   (722 words)

  
 azcentral.com | message boards
One must recognized and accept the definition of the term as a slang term for a t-shirt.
All of you commenting about this restaurant, please note one of their menu items is "the wifebeater".
Wifebeaters and those who use vulgar terms to describe women do not need any encouragement.
www.azcentral.com /phorum/read.php?10000,474421,474421,quote=1   (1501 words)

  
 Wifebeater (shirt) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Wife beater, also wifebeater, and sometimes abbreviated as simply beater, is a controversial, sometimes pejorative slang term used in parts of North America, Australia, New Zealand and various other places to refer to a sleeveless undershirt.
In the 1980 movie Raging Bull, the main character, Jake LaMotta (played by Robert De Niro), is commonly seen wearing tank tops around the house, including in one scene where he beats his wife.
This movie is well known for the scene where Jake violently beats his wife after a heavy drinking session with his friends.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Wifebeater_(slang)   (692 words)

  
 Men's Hour: "Wifebeater" Night is Offensive? (From the MensActivism Double Standards? Never! Dept.)
A Dunedin bar is under fire for its "wifebeater Wednesday" theme night aimed at attracting students.
The promotion is based around a kiwiana slang term for an item of clothing - the fl shearers' singlet.
So much so that at least one women stereotypes men who wear this singlet as wifebeaters.
men.typepad.com /mens_hour/2004/02/wifebeater_nigh.html   (482 words)

  
 Stella Artois - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Stella Artois is a 5.2% ABV global lager first brewed in Leuven, Belgium in 1926 as a Christmas brew, and named Stella after the Latin for "star".
Colloquially known as Stella or "wifebeater", "brain damage", or "fella" in some northern English towns.
This has led to speculation that the film is an origin of the "wifebeater" slang, which is associated with the beer in certain parts of the UK.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Stella_Artois   (558 words)

  
 Toying with Tomorrow: A Melodrama of Tender Passion
There is severe breaking of the fourth wall, and the reader is addressed at times, but it is all in good fun.
Spelling is generally correct, with some use of slang in dialogue.
Five members of *NSYNC meet three girls, romance ensues, touring and singing are sprinkled in, and pregnancies and marriages finish up the story.
www.angelfire.com /pop/fanficscritics/toyingwithtomorrow.html   (464 words)

  
 Promoting a Deadly Term - New York Times
That some in the fashion industry promote the slang term ''wifebeater'' for a particular type of undershirt is incomprehensible.
Women, whose bodies the industry supposedly loves, and whose money and insecurities it preys upon, are expected to spend their dollars on an item that glibly refers to deadly physical oppression?
To countless people, ''wifebeater'' is not just a word, and cannot be appropriated as gays have done with ''queer.'' People don't allow themselves to be beaten any more than they allow themselves to be raped.
query.nytimes.com /gst/fullpage.html?res=9403E4D91139F93AA15757C0A9679C8B63   (93 words)

  
 MacAddict Forums / Perfect undershirt… does it still exist?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
That's just your basic wifebeater from what i could see of the pic.
Anyway, they sell wifebeaters at Target and Wal Mart and probable every other department store in existence.
All the trouble finding the correct term and resorting to slang, when you could just call it a singlet.
www.macaddict.com /forums/post/1298069   (859 words)

  
 Police Forums & Law Enforcement Forums @ Officer.com - Getting old ...
Young pup (21) calls out the description of a suspect running from him and says he's wearing a "wifebeater" shirt.
Sarge thought it was a brand name or that it had "WIFEBEATER" written across it.
06-30-2003, 06:28 PM Round my way "Wifebeater" means premium strength lager, specifically Stella Artois, if that means anything to those on the other side of the Pond.
forums.officer.com /forums/archive/index.php/t-6010.html   (958 words)

  
 lol @ beyonce jackin snoop for his slang and taking credit - SOHH.com Global Forum   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Reppin': a wifebeater with me beatin my wifes ass ironed on
God the dictionaries are really turning to sh*t if they add that crap.
I swear I've never heard anyone say that other than the damn song.
forums.sohh.com /showthread.php?t=409282   (476 words)

  
 Drinking [Archive] - WW2inColor Talk
I though it came from rhyming slang for a certain prominent African politician, and I don't mean Thabo Mbeki.
In Great Britain and Ireland, the term is used as slang for the Belgian beer Stella Artois.
In British culture, "Wifebeater" and Stella Artois are synonymous with pub drinking culture, whereby an individual orders a "pint of wifebeater", followed by several more, and returns home intoxicated, followed by domestic abuse.
www.ww2incolor.com /forum/archive/index.php/t-2065.html   (3885 words)

  
 Why are rib tanks often called 'wife-beaters'?
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Wifebeaters are often worn by men known derogatively as "white trash", e.g.
yayaya: Wifebeater came from the 1951 movie A Streetcar Named Desire/Marlon Brando who plays aguy who hits his wife and he wears it
www.answerbag.com /q_view/26987   (296 words)

  
 Tina Brooks McKinney - What I'm Reading
I just finished Wifebeater and I really enjoyed this book.
This is the first book that I have read in a long time that contains more narrative than dialogue but it worked for the author.
Although I will admit some of the slang left me wondering what he was talking about, the store line was so compelling I just had to know what happened.
www.tinamckinney.com /reading.shtml   (2887 words)

  
 Cayman Net News: Learn patois
Also used as a slang term, “Large up!” (Similar to “Big up” — a term of fond greeting and appreciation.)
Manley- A Jamaican $1000 bill that has former prime minister Michael Manley.
Disclaimer: Letters, articles, and cartoons from contributors do not necessarily reflect the editorial position of Cayman Net News, nor can Cayman Net News and/or Cayman Net Ltd be held accountable for these views.
www.caymannetnews.com /cgi-script/csArticles/articles/000022/002272.htm   (256 words)

  
 ugsmag.com / PRETTY TONEY LP/   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Ghost's rhymes are way tighter than ever before, but a good chunk of the songs are pretty dull.
I just think it's hilarious how much slang he makes up for his albums.
"Happy wifebeater day / puff that cheeba, hey / get off my D-I ding dong C the K!"
www.ugsmag.com /forum/viewtopic.php?pid=21701   (203 words)

  
 Reviews -- Movies -- The Chronicles of Riddick
Riddick's glowing white pupils are cool, and really make the character.
Without those he's just another shaved, oiled, muscle boy in a fl wifebeater.
The coolest thing about the space ships, especially the Necromancer vessels, is that they seem to breath this fl vaporous gas.
www.blackchampagne.com /reviews/m-riddick.shtml   (2787 words)

  
 Redneck - TvWiki, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The stereotypical redneck lives in a trailer or old weatherbeaten farm house in a rural area, and drives an old, large, beat-up pickup truck, possibly adorned with the Confederate Battle Flag, with a gun rack in the rear window.
He may wear a "Wifebeater" (slang, white sleeveless shirt), and/or a farmer t-shirt.
He also wears blue jeans, a baseball or trucker hat.
www.tvwiki.tv /wiki/Redneck   (3400 words)

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