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What else does rubber band mean?
The handy, dandy rubber band, useful for flinging at people and holding together important things, like stacks of cash money, as rubber bands refer to in hip-hop slang.
Rubber bands also come up in fashion contexts, from bracelets and hairstyles, and a common complaint for those who have to use special ones for orthodontic braces.
Where does rubber band come from?
A quick history lesson: The rubber band was invented in the 1840s by the company Messers Perry and Co, originally made of vulcanized rubber.
Rubber bands help us hold all sorts of things together. But, in hip-hop slang, rubber bands is used in slang expression for lots of money (i.e., large stacks of bills held together by a rubber band). A number of songs talk about rubber bands, including T.I.’s 2003 “Rubber Band Man,” Wiz Khalifa’s 2007 “Poppin’ Rubber Bands,” and Brooke Candy’s 2015 “Rubber Band Stacks.” All of these songs feature rubber bands as boasts about their wealth and success more generally.
In 2018, Cardi B helped popularize the expression poppin’ rubber bands when she rapped it on Bruno Mars’s song “Finesse”: “I went from dollar bills, now we poppin’ rubber bands.” The image is that she’s earned so much money from her small-bills that they make rubber bands pop, unable to hold the stack together.
Rubber bands, in the form of bendy bracelets, were also part of a moral panic in the 2000s. Some parents thought teenagers were wearing sex bands, or colorful bracelets that resembled rubber bands, to signify what sexual acts they were willing to do with others. But this was an urban legend, the colorful wrist-wear was just a fashion statement.
How is rubber band used in real life?
The term and object, rubber band, sees wide uses from office spaces to classrooms to wearing braces and styling hair.
I'm so proud of myself for wearing these orthodontic rubber brands regularly. hopefully these braces will be able to come off earlier. ☺️
— keyyairah 🎀 (@livelovenic_) July 9, 2015
As for the hip-hop slang, rubber bands often appears in the expression poppin’ rubber bands, or earning/spending a lot of money or feeling classy, sexy, and successful more generally.
went from dollar bills now we poppin rubber bands 🤣❤️ pic.twitter.com/kAe3dzi4v0
— jenna:) (@jennanublaa) February 11, 2018
More examples of rubber band:
“The cool thing about rubber bands it that they are mostly like an ideal spring—but not exactly. Both springs and rubber bands have a special property: It takes more force to stretch them the farther you pull.”
—Rhett Allain, Wired, March 2018
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Example sentences from the Web for rubber band
“I view my career like a rubber-band ball in that every role is a new experience building toward something bigger,” she said.‘Premium Rush’ Star Jamie Chung on Her Road From ‘The Real World’ to Hollywood|Marlow Stern|August 25, 2012|DAILY BEAST
With the hook and rubber-band properly adjusted, this is what happens when the car ascends to the top of the shaft.
The rubber-band ends must project an equal distance beyond the spool-ends.
Wrap the spool pulleys with bicycle-tape, to keep the rubber-band belts from slipping.
The toy motor-boat shown in Figs. 48 and 49 is propelled by a tin propeller run by a rubber-band motor.