icculus

Ryan C. Gordon

@icculus

Stick it in the camel and go.


I wonder if the declension went like this:

  • One day, a poet wanted to express the seriousness of something, and exclaimed, "I am as serious as death about this," because death is pretty fucking serious.
  • Then, as this term grew in popularity, someone simplified it to "this is deadly serious," and everyone knew what this meant and liked the improvement in fluidity of that phrase.
  • Then, the 1980's happened, and we started saying "I am dead serious."
  • Then, the 2020's happened, and slang intensified the phrase with a little cussin': "I am deadass serious."
  • And as language moves faster on the internet, not long after, you can ask someone if they're serious with the question: "Are you deadass?"