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Origin of rubber band
Words nearby rubber band
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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A quick history lesson: The rubber band was invented in the 1840s by the company Messers Perry and Co, originally made of vulcanized rubber.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
Transfer them to a large, cylindrical container and cover the opening with cheesecloth secured with a rubber band or string.Grow fresh, nutrient-rich sprouts at home—no garden required|By Farideh Sadeghin/Saveur|March 16, 2021|Popular Science
Thicker bands are better for leg and glute exercises, while stretchier rubber bands are an excellent way to target the arms, chest, and back.
Meanwhile, wrap the lid of the pot in a clean dish towel, preferably one that’s waffle-knit or terry cloth, securing it to the handle with a knot or rubber band so the edge of it won’t be in danger of catching flame.Fragrant saffron and sweet onions make this Persian-style chicken and rice a feast for the senses|Daniela Galarza|March 4, 2021|Washington Post
Those lines can break like a rubber band and launch a big chunk of corona into interplanetary space.Solar storms can wreak havoc. We need better space weather forecasts|Ramin Skibba|February 26, 2021|Science News
A mask fitter made of rubber bands as well as devices known as ear guards or ear savers also performed well.Making masks fit better can reduce coronavirus exposure by 96 percent|Tina Hesman Saey|February 12, 2021|Science News
He plays an aging punk rocker and I play the drummer from his old band.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The band turned back around, raising a lively tune to signal life would go on.
The band was still on its way back as De Blasio and his wife departed.
The last band I was in was kind of a Sonic Youth rip-off band, and I thought that that was my calling.
Every other band I had been in had been pretty loud, you could never hear the vocals.
His little band was almost immediately surrounded by the enemy.
Conny stepped smilingly forward, and proceeded to affix the band around the vicar's massive throat.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
Roulard had played the trumpet in the regimental band in which Aristide had played the kettle drum.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
There was a band playing down at Klein's hotel, and the strains reached them faintly, tempered by the distance.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
On this the royal band of music would strike up its liveliest airs, and a great bell would toll its evening warning.Our Little Korean Cousin|H. Lee M. Pike