Swag: Hip-Hop's Word Of The Year

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The rapper Lil B, who spread the word "swag" throughout hip-hop. (Courtesy of the artist.)
The rapper Lil B, who spread the word "swag" throughout hip-hop. (Courtesy of the artist.)

Not trinkets, or party favors, not an acronym for Stuff We All Get, "swag" comes from swagger.

2011 was a good year for the word "swag". Not trinkets, or party favors, not an acronym for Stuff We All Get, "swag" comes from swagger. This year a term that hip-hop artists have been using for nearly a decade enjoyed a moment in the spotlight.

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