Sunday, July 21, 2013

Slow clap

I wondered about the meaning of a slow clap -- when an audience engages in methodical, slow-paced clapping that builds as more and more people join in. It's a dramatic, inspiring thing to observe, perhaps the more so because it seems to well up naturally, as if it has a life of its own. Here's what the Urban Dictionary says:
A gradual building of applause, usually starting with one person clapping slowly, and ending with an enthusiastic standing ovation. Generally shows approval for an underdog in a come from behind victory or after losing with pride intact.
After they hoisted their broken sled to their shoulders, the jamaican bob-sledders slowly walked towards the finish line. Much to their surprise, the dick-head East German began the slow clap. Soon, the whole crowd was riotously cheering them on.
I like everything about that definition. We're lucky to live in the internet age. I know you'll find this hard to believe, but it used to be difficult to locate information. I know: sounds crazy. You had to be there.