What does OG mean? What does this internet slang term stand for? The following lesson will explain how and when to use this text abbreviation with useful conversation examples and ESL picture.
What Does OG Mean?
“OG” stands for “original gangster”.
It is a phrase that is often used in rap and hip hop culture. This later found its way into the internet and texting culture. The long form of “OG” is “original gangster.” The meaning of “original gangster” is someone who is from “the old school” or someone who has a depth of knowledge or experience. If new gangsters think they are tough, then “OGs” are many times tougher.
The term “original gangster” is said to have come about in the 1970s. During this time, a Los Angeles street gang known as the crips was quickly expanding. Those who were called “OG” were some of the founding, or “original,” members. As a result, they were called the “original gangsters” or “OGs.”
While the term “gangster” is used in this context, the way it is currently used has little to do with actual gangsters, street gangs, or organized crime.
Now, many use it in general speech or in on-line communication to show that someone is an authority on something or has exceptional skill in a certain area.
Let’s take a look at some examples in action.
- Gamer 1: No matter how much I play, I never get any better.
- Gamer 2: Have you tried talking with NightStalk3r? He’s an OG on this game.
- Gamer 1: I don’t have a chance, he’d never respond to my msg!
In this first example, we can see that two gamers are talking about their skill with regards to a certain video game. Gamer 1 comments that he is playing a lot but is never really gaining skill. Gamer 2 tells him to consult NightStalk3r. Here he uses the term “OG” to show that he is either a very skilled player or someone who has been playing the game for a long time. Either way, Gamer 1 can possibly learn a lot from this “original gangster.”
- Coworker 1: I want to take a vacation next month but I don’t think the boss will let us.
- Coworker 2: Yeah, our supervisor is kinda uptight right now. Why don’t you take it up to the OG?
- Coworker 1: Thanks! That’s a great idea. I’ll do that!
This conversation over office messaging software by two employees shows another use for “OG.” Coworker 1 wants to take a vacation but thinks that the company is too busy to let him do so. The current supervisor is strict and will probably deny his request for time off. Coworker 2 gives the suggestion that she should ask the boss of the supervisor. Here, the internet slang term is used as a noun. It means someone who is in a position of authority or has been in the organization for a long time.
Aside from “original gangster,” the term “OG” can also mean “old git.” This is a term from the 1940s. It means someone who is an old person kind of cranky, grumpy, or generally unpleasant to be around.
Here is the list of other meanings:
- Online Gaming
- Old Girl
- Own Goal
- One God
- Organic Gardening
- Old Guy
- Orange Grove
- Original Gravity
- Official Guide
- Organ Grinder
- Offensive Guard
- Old Glory
- Opposite Gender
- Olympic Garden
- Original Guardian