Where Did #ByeFelicia Come From? Your Favorite Phrases Decoded

May 20, 2014  |  
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Let’s all learn something new today shall we? If you’ve been seeing these popular sayings but had no clue what they meant we’re here to help. Here’s a look at your favorite phrases decoded.

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Bye Felicia

“Bye Felicia” is what Smokey and Craig say to get rid of Felicia in the movie Friday. Felicia keeps dropping by asking for stuff, because that’s what crackheads do.

That’s why “Bye Felicia” is what people say when someone is bothering them like a pesky crackhead and they have no more energy to give to their foolishness.

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Fix it, Jesus

A lot of people grew up hearing “Fix it, Jesus” in church. Everyone else probably picked it up from Phaedra Parks.

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Damn, Damn, Damn

Florida Evans says “Damn, damn, damn” in one of the most moving scenes from Good Times:

They just buried her husband James and Florida is in the kitchen trying to hold it together for the kids. But finally she breaks down with grief and all she can say is “damn, damn, damn.”

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Damn Gina

“Damn Gina” Is from the TV show Martin. It’s Martin’s catch phrase when Gina is getting on his nerves or she looks really good.

And that’s why people sometimes say it in either situation.

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People started saying “Monica” when this confused soul posted this question to Yahoo answers. It’s apparently what some people here when someone says “my ni**a” so a lot of people started saying “Monica” instead.

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Turn My Swag On

“Swag” actually comes from the Scottish slang “swagger”? Over in that part of the UK, “swag” described the cool way some people walked.

By the time “swag” got to this side of the pond, it meant looking cool in general.

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Shade is a phrase from way back in the 80s that we get from our friends and family in the gay community.

What does shade mean? Dorian Corey put it best in Paris Is Burning:

“Shade is, ‘I don’t tell you you’re ugly, but I don’t have to tell you because you know you’re ugly.’ And that’s shade.”

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Spilling Tea

Originally, “Tea” was “T” and it stood for truth. Somewhere along the way, spilling the “T” became spilling the tea because it’s a lot more fun to say.

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“Woosah” is straight from the movie Bad Boys. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a classic action film that belongs on your must-watch list.

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That’s Some Illuminati Mess

The Illuminati is the all powerful demonic cult that some people believe Jay-Z, Beyonce, Rihanna and most of the rest of the world’s superstars belong to.

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Jesus Take the Wheel

This is another phrase that comes right out of the Christian tradition. People say it when something happens that is so tragic they need Jesus to take over…or when someone has said something so out of line that you need Jesus to step in before you do.

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Bandz A Make Her Dance

“Bandz” is slang for rubber bands, specifically the rubber bands wrapped around stacks of cash…that you bring to the strip club with you.

Pop a rubber band off of a stack of cash, and she’ll dance. You can thank Juicy J for making that saying popular.

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Turn Down for What?

Turning up involves filling up with energy, alcohol or other drugs. Rumor has it that people started using it in the LA area right around the mid-90s.

Getting turned up is usually followed by someone asking you to turn it down. But “for what”? You’re having a good time. You’ll have plenty of time to be embarrassed tomorrow.

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Bottom Biscuits

Originally bottom biscuits was a bad thing. People used it to talk about the extra behind that hangs out of a pair of shorts —  like the dough that pops out of a can of biscuits when you twist it.

But then brothers got a hold of it and it turned into kind of a compliment.

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“Kiki” means to laugh and have a good time. Like, “ya’ll are busy kiking over there but we have work to do”.

Originally, a “kiki” was 80s slang that meant a great party where people were turned up and having a good time.

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  • lolz

    Black folk sho’ have the most colorful phrases.



    • blue bell

      it doesn’t originate in the Caribbean….you can find the use of turn up in rock and roll music…

  • ValdaDeDieu

    You missed a few: “Making it rain.” (<-Has two or more meanings as far as I can conjecture.) "Skeet, Skeet, Skeet."… "You make me wanna 'shoop'"… "Eat that cake." The Urban Dictionary online usually does a good job of explaining…

  • rj

    In the usa..in the late 60s early 70s..SWAG. was derived to mean SECRETLY WE ARE GAY in underground ALTERNATIVE lifestyle communities….

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  • Maranatha

    Here’s a new one: #talktoomuch. First showed up on Madame Noire when somebody decided to admit that Black people tell too much of their business just to get unneeded attention.

  • Carissa Strickland

    MN should do more research on Illuminati. That definition is completely off.

    • ValdaDeDieu

      Absolutely. And the way that people casually apply “Illuminati” status to hard-working people who are successful is really tragic. Isn’t it more logical that in reality these Illuminati beings control BANKING (Federal Reserve); BLACK OPS (When even the President has “Need To Know Status”)– ARMAMENT SUPPLIES, GENOCIDE; TRIBAL WARS, GMO’s, OLD MONEY, etc…?

  • Aimee Shackleford

    KIKI can actually date as far back as the 1960’s… it is written in the novel “The great gatsby”… Daisy told Nick about her KIKI room: which she said was the room where her and her friends would use to get dressed, do makeup, gossip, etc. 🙂

    • MsBrilly

      The Great Gatsby was written in the 1920s…

  • uniquefashionista

    Love the saying, “Bye Felicia”. One of my favorite lines to say. I know a lot of people that I have to say, “Bye Felicia” to on a daily basis.

  • chanela

    also, with “tea” usually women would have tea parties to discuss gossip. that’s where i thought “tea” came from

  • Jarette Fryman

    It used to be “T”, but now it’s “Tea” which is more fun to say? Don’t those two sound exactly the same…? Lol. Maybe I’m just not understanding correctly.

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  • Deanne Coleman

    Isn’t that New York from Flavor Flav show?

  • UtopianPlan

    Good Lord who cares? Stop making us look so stupid to the rest of the world!

  • Cheryl

    I’m sorry but I can’t stop watching that “damn damn damn” GIF lmao

  • Ree

    This must be the white person’s guide to black slang. And some definitions are horribly written.

  • I thought “give me the tea” or “spillin the tea” or “let’s have tea” referred to the old southern tradition of ladies drinking tea, in which much gossip was spread. So ladies meeting for tea, was basically a “gossip fest” where you would have tea & get all the recent “tea”.

    • kiki j

      You’d be correct

  • LiiSH

    I say kiki and never thought anything of it or the spelling or meaning lol. I usually am referring to laughing and having a good time.

  • JustSteph

    LMAO! i’m so dumb… i was like “Monica???”
    Now that’s funny. *Pam from Martin voice*.

  • DeyDey

    Wooosahh and rubbing the ears came from the Adam Sandler/Jack Nicolas movie Anger Management. Jack Nicolas’ character had too take anger management classes and it was one of the mechanisms he used to calm down when he quickly got angry.

    • coco

      actually if this is from the first bad boys the first bad boy movie was made in 1995 and anger management wasnt made until 2003 so it actually was in bad boys first 🙂

      • therealnumber1

        But wooooooooooooooooooooooosaaaaaaaaaaaaah was in Bad Boys 2 which came
        out after 95…95 was the first one and that term wasn’t in the 1st

      • Anisa

        The first time I saw “woo-sah” it was from Sinclair on Living Single.

  • Denaite1

    Woooooooosaaaaaaah came from the Adam Sandler movie Anger Management. That’s where they got it from

    • Sarita Alexander

      nah, Bad Boys came out in ’95, and they learned that in anger mgmt. The movie Anger Management got it from there.

      • therealnumber1

        But wooooooooooooooooooooooosaaaaaaaaaaaaah was in Bad Boys 2 which came out after 95…95 was the first one and that term wasn’t in the 1st one…

    • Shundreka Mims Randolph

      I remember it from an episode of the Cosby Show with Debbie Allen’s character…

      • lolo

        Thank you! Whoosaa started on A Different World not Bad Boys and definitely not Anger Management

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  • sunshyne84

    Never heard Monica or bottom biscuits.

  • DoinMe

    Never knew about the Monica phrase. LMAO!! But kiki always meant laughing and having a good time. I never heard it referred to having a party.

    • Vonna Bailey

      where im from kiki means gossiping or it also means giggling

  • angelling31

    I’m not from Scotland, I’m from England but here swag meant something was lame XD

    • Jess

      LOL no it doesn’t. I live in England too

      • Angelling31

        But it did, I live in London and people would always say “that’s swag” when something was lame. Probably not all over England but def down here in London.

        • Espy

          U sure they weren’t sying thats whack???

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  • Imani

    I thought “Jesus take the wheel” was also a humorous play on Carrie Underwoods song of the same name? No?

    • Sit Down

      It is MN got it wrong

      • alex

        but I heard “Jesus Take the Wheel” looong before that song was even thought of…

        • msgeegee

          Any southerner who grew up in church, including Carrie Underwood, has heard that phrase. Where do you think SHE got that phrase? You cannot believe Carrie Underwood came up with that. Please say it aint so……LOL

          • Imani

            Oh honey, trust me ” It t’ain’t so ” lol! :p oh I knoooow the phrase didn’t originate from her, I was saying I thought the phrase resurfaced as a result of ppl joking about her song etc. simply as that is when I started hearing it again (after years of hearing it only in a church setting like you said. I’m definitely sure her country behind heard it in someones church lol).

        • Imani

          🙂 as have I, very much long before as MsGeeGee brought up, I only heard it resurface tho, when her song came out, as people joking about it etc.

      • kiki j

        No Carrie Underwood got the term from the popular saying that old folks used to say back in the day. MN was right. Just because a celebrity used it doesn’t mean they started it. I grew up to my grandma saying it all the time. That’s old school.

  • Tee Elyse

    If folks didn’t know where “Bye Felicia!” came from, then it’s time for them to grow up!!!!!!!!!!! LOL!!!!!! Friday is a classic!!! Who hasn’t seen that???

    • Meemo

      These youngins who are saying it probably doesn’t know where it originated.

      • Meemo

        *don’t 🙂

    • guestbabyboo

      I haven’t*shrug* lol seriously.

      • Tee Elyse

        Hits you with a “Bye Felicia!” LOL omg, watch that as soon as you can! The first Friday is HILARIOUS!!!!

  • Emsy

    Psssh! Now bye Felecia @ MN

  • SunBubbles

    In the Caribbean Kiki is used in reference to giggling. “yuh stay dere a kikiki a dnt go wash the dishes”. Lol!

    • Blue Bell

      You can also fin Kiki in the Great Gaspy…that came out in the 1920’s