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Chris -- 2015-05-30
The general slang meaning of “rap” is “blame” or “criticism”, so the literal meaning of “bum rap” isn’t confined to “wrong conviction”.
Sounds like you on to something here. Some examples where “rep” seems synonymouse with “reputation”:
So I guess my question is, why do adverbs get such a bum rep? Aren’t they all right sometimes? Post Mon Aug 16, 2004 8:17 pm, View user’s profile Send …
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I’m not getting a dig at the scene, just pointing out it gets a bum rep because of these idiots. Putting that aside, can you recommend any club nights to …
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Most of that state has got a bum rep. It’s actually a pretty nice place. Lookin’ f’wd to Petit Jean!) ‘53 B-model N146YS SN:25713 …
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The similarity between “rap” meaning “blame” or “criticism”, and “rep” meaning “reputation”, I think makes the case of an eggcorn stronger. I don’t believe the understanding of “rap” as slang is as commonplace as the understanding of the word “reputation”. In this context “rap” could easily be misunderstood to have been uttered “rep”- a classic method of eggcorn creation.
I think this eggcorn was inevitable the minute street-talking people started using “rep” as shorthand for “reputation.” It was only a matter of time before the adjective “bum” joined up with it …and was subliminally reinforced by the already-existing “bum rap” construction. So, that’s my take on the sequence of things.
How do we know they don’t mean “panhandler’s agent”? If so, I guess it’s a double-yolked eggcorn!
Might “a bum (=undeservedly bad) representation” fit in there somewhere too?
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