Amongst Us didn’t invent the phrase, I do know, nevertheless it’s actually liable for its explosion in reputation over the previous few years, so it shouldn’t be too shocking to see “sus” lastly make it onto the sport present Jeopardy.
In tonight’s episode, contestants got the immediate “Slang adjective for somebody you assume shouldn’t be what they appear, particularly in the event that they could be the imposter within the sport ‘Amongst Us’”.
Mattea nailed it:
Like I stated, Amongst Us didn’t invent the phrase. Its recorded historical past goes again nearly a century, when it was utilized in Britain as “police jargon”. To say somebody was “sus” was merely…shortening the phrase “suspect”, the very same which means used immediately (and within the sport).
Whereas the phrase has some troublesome connotations—it was utilized in reference to some stop-and-search police search legal guidelines within the UK which turned out to be enormously racist—it has remained in fixed use since, together with its sibling “to suss one thing out”, which dwelling in Australia I nonetheless hear on a regular basis.
Of course my Dad and his mates utilizing the phrase wouldn’t clarify its wider adoption by web tradition, in any other case we’d all even be saying “you’ve acquired Buckley’s probability”, or once you fall off one thing you’ve “come a cropper”. Using “sus” as popularised within the final 20 years comes as an alternative from its adoption by black communities on-line:
Since sus predates the web, there’s no file of its first use on-line. However A number of archived sources state that Black web communities initially started utilizing the slang on social media websites and boards.
The earliest City Dictionary definition was posted in August 2003 by a person named Diego who outlined the time period as merely, “Brief for ‘suspect’ or suspicious.’” Since then, sus turned a standard American flip of phrase that was extra extensively used to explain something that makes somebody elevate their eyebrow.
This is able to now be the a part of the weblog the place I’d ask you to recommend the following “gamer” phrase that ought to seem on the present, however we might all die of embarrassment writing and/or studying them, so possibly we’ll simply move.