“GIMP” as an acronym carrying positive connotations
Our nephew who has just completed his SATS with a result that puts him in the top 2% of candidates has been descirbed as a "GIMP". His friends describe this as being "like a walking encylopedia" - when looking up the definiton of "GIMP" we found no such positive reference. Please comment. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 22.214.171.124 (talk • contribs) 23:29, 10 December 2005 (UTC)
Perhaps his friends were just being kind to him, or perhaps the slang meaning has mutated locally, but certainly in Liverpool (UK) the term thus used would have very negative connotations, and would be an insult. Dbfirs 18:41, 19 February 2008 (UTC)
We would welcome your help if determining what it was an acronym for. The language does keep changing and teens are at the forefront of invention. If we can find confirmation for your nephews' friends' usage we would be happy to put it in Wiktionary. Did GIMP come us in a text message of some kind? Is your nephew evasive about what it means? Maybe you don't really want to know. DCDuringTALK 18:49, 19 February 2008 (UTC)
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Just overhauled this article. Looking for verification of a number of things:
-Noun sense #6: (derogatory) A contemptible and dull person with very poor social skills. Does this general insult sense truly exist as an extension, or are gimp insults limited to a sense of being crippled? Cites?
There is also a gimping machine for making gimp. "Gimping" seems to have something to do with reinforcing or wrapping with wire. I ahve seen gimped in a botanical context having to do with leaves (notches?, indentations?, jaggedness?). DCDuringTALK 18:39, 19 February 2008 (UTC)
-Scottish senses pronounced dʒɪmp. Looking for cites.
-The plural given as "gimp or gimps". Not seeing a case where gimp is an unmodified plural. -- Thisis0 01:42, 25 October 2007 (UTC)
so, i think I addressed the plural issue... I think this might have been referring to the "cord, trim" sense, and rather than "plural gimp", this is called "uncountable". Moved and fixed. (If anyone sees any reason to keep the "cripple" sense as "pluralgimporgimps", make it known.) -- Thisis0 17:48, 19 February 2008 (UTC)
A number of senses. This entry was previously rfv'd but did not acquire the requisite cites. One sense has two cites and the rest have none. The editor has asked for an extension and this is that extension. -Atelaesλάλει ἐμοί 03:45, 10 March 2008 (UTC)
Is this better classified at Level 2 as Scots? DCDuringTALK 14:07, 10 March 2008 (UTC)
Given the lack of any clear division between Scots, "Scottish English", and the northern dialects, that's a seriously messy can of worms that I for one would prefer to leave unopened. But yes, probably. -- Visviva 12:12, 11 March 2008 (UTC)
Gold star to anyone who can show any use at all for the uncited senses. -- Visviva 12:12, 11 March 2008 (UTC)
You mean only etymology #3, don't you? Many of the others are cited even in other dictionaries. Hekaheka 16:43, 11 March 2008 (UTC)
Yes, that's what I meant to mean. :-) -- Visviva 15:18, 12 March 2008 (UTC)
And the "notch, indent, jag" sense (Etym 2) -- Thisis0 09:41, 13 March 2008 (UTC)
OK, all cited. -- Thisis0 21:14, 24 March 2008 (UTC)
The tagged senses have been cited or removed. Passed. Striking.—msh210℠ 17:17, 10 April 2008 (UTC)