Examples of stain
Examples of stain
Where does stain come from?
The word stain is an old one in English. Starting in the 14th century, stain was a verb meaning “to blemish.” It became a noun referring to a mark or spot so blemished by the 16th century.
In the early 1600s, saying someone was stained could mean they were “drunk”—a slang sense that re-emerged in the 1990s.
By the 1990s, stain was in evidence in American and British English as a slang expression for a jerk, i.e., a contemptible person. This stain could be a shortening of wank-stain (the stain left over from ejaculate) or shit-stain (need we say more?).
He’s a stain mate… can’t stand the fella.
— Chris Kerr (@Kerrso86) May 20, 2018
In the 2010s, a stain in black American gang slang came to refer to an “armed robbery,” either of a neighborhood business or of an individual.
Hit a stain on that MacBook
— NUDEBOY++ (@rome_falling) July 6, 2019
It’s possible that this stain comes from the metaphor that committing crime leaves a stain on one’s character. Typically, it is found in the expression hit a stain, meaning to “commit a robbery.”
They just hit a stain FANETO! https://t.co/36xfqrxlA1
— Lit Foley (@LadyDavine_DBN) July 7, 2019
A prominent example of the robbery sense of stain comes from the 2018 track “GUMMO” by notorious rapper and sometime criminal, 6ix9ine: “Hit a stain, fifty bands, all hunnids,” meaning that he’s robbed someone and got fifty thousand dollars in strapped hundred-dollar bills.
Who uses stain?
Calling someone a stain can be found in youth slang, especially in the UK.
Nahhh can't stand hypocritical people. You think people are taking advantage of you? Jog on you little wank stain. ✋ 👊💦
— caitlin (@caitlindylak) March 18, 2015
It’s a distinctly insulting expression, insinuating someone is as disgusting as the mess left over by semen or feces. Either way, not great.
get fucked mate. you’re a stain.
— rip snorter (@lukesesh) August 21, 2018
In black American gang slang, hitting a stain is a way to talk about committing armed robbery. Gangsters—and their wannabes—might reference past stains and stains they’re planning to hit.
i love seeing hood mfs on scooters. finna hit a stain w a lime.
— recks (@rxpriest) August 24, 2018
As we’ve seen, the gang-related stain can be found in hip-hop songs, such as Chance the Rapper’s 2013 track “Chain Smoker”: “Stain hitting, satin woodgrain gripping / Paint dripping / Motha, shut your mouth.”