Friday, September 16, 2016

What "Got Played" Means (With A Few Other "Not Yet Played Out" African American Derived Slang Terms

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post provides definitions and examples of the African American Vernacular English originated terms "got played", "played"/"played out", "playa", and playa hater".

And, since this is primarily a music & dance blog, links to the lyrics for and a sound file of Biggie Smalls' 1995 Hip Hop record "Playa Hater" is included in this post along with a few comments from a YouTube discussion thread for that song.

I've included a video of and lyrics to Jill Scott's 2007 song "Hate On Me" in this post. This song is directed to Donald Trump and his basket of deplorables.

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Thanks to all those who are quoted in this post.

taken advantage of; tricked, taken for a fool
The African American Vernacular English derived verb "got played" comes from the idiom "play[ed] someone me for a fool" ("play[ed] me for a fool").

Here's information about that idiom:
"play someone for a fool

verb phrase

To take advantage of someone's gullibility, greed, etc : Some blokes can never see when they are being played for suckers (1881+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers."

"What does the term "Play me for a fool" mean?"
Best Answer: Somebody thought you were an idiot or ignorant about something and they either did or tried to take advantage of you for their own gain.:
Dan, 2009

From Media on Donald Trump ‘birther’ news conference: ‘We got played’
By Callum Borchers September 16 at 1:43 PM

..."As Chris Cillizza wrote, Donald Trump's "birther" news conference Friday turned out to be one big trick. The Republican presidential nominee lured the media to his new hotel in Washington with the promise of a "major statement" about his longtime suggestion that President Obama might not have been born in the United States. Then, with every cable news network carrying his event live, Trump talked about the grandiosity of his high-end lodging, trotted out military dignitaries to vouch for his fabulousness, and finally said this: "President Obama was born in the United States. Period."

No elaboration. No apology. No questions. The only thing Trump added was a false assertion that "Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy."

Journalists got played, and they knew it...

Matt Viser ✔ @mviser
“We got played, again, by the Trump campaign.” — John King just now on CNN.
11:35 AM - 16 Sep 2016

David Catanese ✔ @davecatanese
He played us. Got easy 25-mins of airtime with vets promoting him. But he'll get hammered in online content for it. …
12:02 PM - 16 Sep 2016

Joshua Green ✔ @JoshuaGreen
"We all got Rick-rolled and played," @jaketapper on CNN right now"
11:48 AM - 16 Sep 2016
"Rick Rolled"
"Rickrolling, alternatively rick-rolling, is a prank and an Internet meme involving an unexpected appearance of the music video for the 1987 Rick Astley song "Never Gonna Give You Up". The meme is a type of bait and switch using a disguised hyperlink. Those led to the music video believing that they were accessing some unrelated material are said to have been rickrolled.[1] The trend has extended to disruptive or humorous appearances of the song in other situations, such as a live appearance of Astley himself in the 2008 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York."

Also, read this September 16, 2016 article and watch a video about the media being played by Donald Trump:
Here's an excerpt from that article: CNN Anchors Have Finally Had It With Donald Trump’s Lies
They really got riled up about his birther-announcement fiasco.
by Jonathan Cohn, 09/16/2016 02:26 pm ET

Alan Kirke
"We got played..." Really, that's it, you got played? Don't you mean, we got played, AGAIN and again, and again? And tomorrow he's going to do it again and then the day after and the day after that. It's been 15 months for cryin' in a bucket! You're just figuring out you've been Trump's patsy? Welcome to reality! It's okay, you'll get used to it!"
[Added 9/17/2016 in part to highlight the link to this Jonathan Capehart's Washington Post editorial that is the subject of that article: Donald Trump: Birther of a national disgrace]

niemann txdoubledd, Sep 17, 2016
"What the event really was: a big passive-aggressive, contemptuous middle finger to … well, basically to everyone in the world who isn’t Donald Trump:

First of all, to the press — promising them something, manipulating them, then pulling the rug out from under them.

To Democrats — for holding him accountable for his vile behavior, and calling him on his lies, and putting him in the embarrassing position of (sort of, kind of, but not really) having to admit he was wrong. He says what we’ve been saying all along, but acts as if HE has discovered the truth of the matter, and then blames the lie he’s been promoting for years on Hillary Clinton. And doesn’t apologize for any of it.

And … to his own birther followers, for having been played by him all this time."

"Played/Played out/Played yourself: (1) Something no longer popular or a current trend (as in a "played out" pair of jeans). (2) to be made a fool of (you got "played") or to make a fool of yourself ("played yourself"). Primarily used in the Northeast (NY, NJ, PA, etc), United States but also used on the Westcoast."

"played out
1. Adj. Something that has been repeated so often, become so popular, or the exposure to which is so widespread that it is no longer hip or cool.

Can be used to describe a piece of popular culture, for example a song or movie, or an abstract concept, such as playing Jenga or neo-conservatism.

Something may be played out to the degree that it can never be hip or cool again, or it may be played out temporarily, for example when one gets too drunk for days in a row, then says "drinking is played out," and then gets drunk again the following weekend...
a. "Yo, don't use the n-word; racism is played out, son."
b. "Sorry dawg, but playing basketball at Candle Park is played out. I'm trying to go to Vassault."
2. "You are so played out TripleBizzle; you think you're the first person to say that 'holler' is the white version of 'holla'?

#slang #silly #funny #jokes #goofy"
by TheTripleBizzle November 15, 2006

"A male who is skilled at manipulating ("playing") others, and especially at seducing women by pretending to care about them, when in reality they are only interested in sex. Possibly derived from the phrases "play him for a fool", or "play him like a violin". The term was popularized by hip-hop culture, but was commonly recognized among urban American blacks by the 1970s.

A certain class of low-rent, slack-jawed fu&&ups* has decided that backstabbing and misogyny are totally radical, so the word is sometimes used as a compliment or term of endearment between male friends, as in the greeting "what's up, player?".

Gina thought she had found the love of her life when she met Sean, but after she found out he had slept with three of her best friends, she realized that he was nothing but a player."
by Greenie October 21, 2004
*This word is fully spelled out in this definition.

My guess is that the word "playa" ("player") is sometimes used in front of "hater" because the person enjoys toying with (playing with) other people.

"Playa/Player: (1) a male whose primary goal pursuing females is to have sex, most likely more than one. (2) an unfaithful male or female. Can also be used sarcastically."
Note: A person who tricks (takes advantages of another person or group) like Donald Trump is referred to as a con artist, not a "playa".

playa hater
"Most simply, a playa hater is someone who openly criticizes, purposefully attempts to sabotage, or who indulges in any number of other activities/behaviors aimed at someone they consider a playa, or even at playas in general.

The derogatory aspect to the term comes in the idea that the person who's hatin is really only jealous -- they playa hate because they wish they could be as successful, or alternately wishes they could somehow have the playa to themself.

So, of course, quite often a playa hater is someone who at some point or other feels they were done wrong by a playa.
"I was trying to talk to this girl, but she was hanging out with this dude who's a total playa hater. Everything I said, he tried to turn it around to make me an asshole...""
by strange December 10, 2003
The bold font is found in the original comment

Example #1: Biggie Smalls Playa Hater (sound file)

Song Lyrics: for the lyrics for that song.
"You see, there are two kind of people in the world today
We have, the playaz, and we have, the playa haters"
Sound file:
This song includes one instance of profanity and one use of what is commonly called "the n word Biggie's "Playa" is said to be a sneak diss at rapper Tupac after he had been killed.
As is the case with many YouTube discussion threads about Hip Hop records, there's a lot of profanity and examples of forms of "the n word" in the comments in that discussion.
Here are five comments from that discussion thread that doesn't include profanity or "the n word" (All of these comments are from 2016)
Notorious S.A.M
"Lol people don't realize this was a sneak diss to Pac 😄😄😄 When he say 'take off your jewels you been robbed' (Pac got robbed in got his jewelry taken by Haitian Jack) Big was smoove with it he was talking bout Pac in you'll don't even know it. 😄😄😄"

Dutch Crutch
"+Notorious-Lyrics i know that. biggie made this song in '94...a few months before 2pac got shot in oct '94...biggie released this song in early '95...some people thought that it was a diss to 2pac...i loved them both.."

Jacob Richardson
"This song cracks me up when I heard P Diddy's high pitched voice"

"It's like his vocals were so terrible that they actually made the song great"

Teresa Poley, 2016
"The original is by delfonics, you been loved haha"

Example #2: Jill Scott "Hate On Me"

Hidden Beach, Uploaded on Aug 9, 2007

Hate On Me"

If I could give you the world
On a silver platter
Would even matter
You'd still be mad at me
If I can find in all this
A dozen roses
Which I would give to you
You'd still be miserable
In reality
I'm gon be who I be
And I don't feel no faults
For all the lies that you bought
You can try as you may
Break me down when I say

That it ain't up to you
Go on do what you do

Hate on me hater
Now or Later
Cause I'm gonna do me
You'll be made baby

(Go head and hate)
Go head and hate on me hater
I'm not afraid of
What I got I paid for
You can hate on me...

Ooh if I gave you peaches
Out of my on garden
And I made you a peach cobbler
Would you slap me out?
Wonder if I gave you diamonds
Out of my on womb
Would you feel the love in that
Or ask why not the moon
If I gave you sanity
For the whole of humanity
Had all the solutions for the pain and pollution
No Matter Where I live
Despite the things I give
You'll always be this way
So go ahead and ...

[Chorus x2]

You Cannot...
Hate On me
Cause my mind is free
Feel my destiny
So Shall it Be
[Repeat x2]

"Hate on me" means hate me, be jealous of me, level unwarranted criticisms on me, try to tear me down etc.
The singer is saying that she doesn't care if haters hate her. In fact, she dares playa haters to "hate on" her as she is so confident and her self-esteem is so strong, that that hate doesn't "faze" (bother) her. In fact, that hatred can make her stronger.

"Hater" = the same as a playa hater
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