Origin of right-on
What does right-on mean?
Right-on is a slang term that describes something as being correct or exactly right, as in Sharane’s prediction that the stock price would increase was right-on.
Right-on can also describe something as relevant or current, as in The right-on movie showed war as it is fought today.
Right-on is also commonly used as an interjection to show enthusiastic support or agreement. It is almost always written as right on in this sense, as in Right on! Keep fighting for your rights, people!
Example: The fortune teller’s warnings were right-on, with everything happening as he said it would.
Where does right-on come from?
The first records of right-on come from around 1965. It is an Americanism of unknown origins. The excited exclamation usage comes from around 1911. Some believe it comes from Black slang, while others think it might come from military usage, such as right on target or right on cue.
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How is right on used in real life?
Right-on is used to say that something was exactly right.
I was right-on about the Rangers, but I underestimated the Giants in this matchup vs. Phillies. Will we get a Giants/Rangers World Series?
— Chris O'Neal (@REALChrisONeal) October 19, 2010
163,000 jobs added in July (so ADP was right-on), and the UR rose to 8.3%. #Economy
— Yossi Gestetner (@YossiGestetner) August 3, 2012
Martin Luther King Jr. was right-on when he said "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
— Ed Nottingham (@oldstockguru) January 21, 2013
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Is right-on used correctly in the following sentence?
My dad was right-on when he said not to trust that suspicious salesman because he turned out to be a crook.
How to use right-on in a sentence
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
Just the hard-on before you shoot unarmed members of the public.'Babylon' Review: The Dumb Lives of Trigger-Happy Cops|Melissa Leon|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Everywhere I go, ‘Hey Cartman, you must like Family Guy, right?’
Charlie ridiculed my faith and culture and I died defending his right to do so.
Gay marriage was the hot-button fight on the left and right.
What need to look to right or left when you are swallowing up free mile after mile of dizzying road?The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
Mrs. Wurzel was quite right; they had been supplied, regardless of cost, from Messrs. Rochet and Stole's well-known establishment.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
She is quite true, but not wise, and your left hand must not know what your right hand is doing.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
In Spain he was regarded as the right arm of the ultra-clericals and a possible supporter of Carlism.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
The thought seemed to produce the dreaded object, for next moment a large hummock appeared right ahead.The Giant of the North|R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for right-on
Other Idioms and Phrases with right-on
An exclamation of enthusiasm or encouragement, as in You've said it really well—right on! This interjection has a disputed origin. Some believe it comes from African-American slang (it was recorded in Odum and Johnson's The Negro and His Songs, 1925); others feel it is a shortening of right on target, used by military airmen, or right on cue, theatrical slang for saying the right lines at the right time. [Slang; first half of 1900s] Also see way to go.