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dopeguru's avatar

Is 'tang' a negative word?

Asked by dopeguru (1571points) 1 week ago

Google has different claims, so I wanted your opinion.

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Darth_Algar's avatar

Yes. To quote the great Buzz Aldrin: “Tang sucks”.

gorillapaws's avatar

There’s a NSFW meaning of that word that’s right up there on the class meter with “cooch.”

Demosthenes's avatar

Well, the word has multiple meanings. When I use the word, I’m most often describing a pleasant type of flavor, viz. “a refreshingly sharp aroma or flavor” (definition #2 on Wiktionary). I might describe something as having a tang to it and I mean that in a good way. But it can also mean “a strong or offensive taste; especially, a taste of something extraneous to the thing itself” (definition #3).

So like many words, it’s ambiguous. It can be negative or positive.

As for ‘tang, with an apostrophe, well that’s an entirely different matter altogether.

ragingloli's avatar

What is so negative about the part of a sword blade that extends into the hilt?

gorillapaws's avatar

@dopeguru Short for poontang.

As in: “I’m going to score me some ‘tang tonight!”

LuckyGuy's avatar

@ragingloli That’s what I thought . it is where the sword maker leaves his mark.

zenvelo's avatar

It is also a species of tropical fish found on coral reefs, the Yellow Tang

chyna's avatar

I have never heard of the word outside of the drink Tang.

Zaku's avatar

AFIAK, the “negative” ‘tang is only half of the weird annoying slang word “poontang” or “pootytang”, so marking “tang” as that seems like a mistake or an over-zealous filter.

There are several normal definitions of tang in correct English .

stanleybmanly's avatar

Do they still make that stuff? I think the nastier implication is realized with the placement of “poon” in front of it.

LadyMarissa's avatar

Any word that has ever been created can have a negative connotation when used in a negative manner. It pretty much depends on the delivery of the word or the intent at the time it was said!!!

Pinguidchance's avatar

Very positive connotations.

Tang and cool whip were invented by the same guy.

I know of at least one restaurant review that contains a reference substantially to the effect that the fish was moist and sapid with an almost wildly tantalising tang.

Who doesn’t enjoy fine dining?

Yellowdog's avatar

In the phrase “Ting-Tang Walla-walla Bing Bang”

Ting is positive and Tang is negative

(From the song “The Witch Doctor” by David Seville (1958)

zenvelo's avatar

^^^^Ooo-eee,ooo ah ah!

Isn’t the second Walla capitalized?

Yellowdog's avatar

Oops! Don’t know how it happened.

Positive and negative like Yin / Yang

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