MovingCastles More recently I’ve heard the phrase ’I’ll clock ya’ when referring to beating/punching a person. So I guess that’s how that phrase has evolved.
Isn’t the idiom it comes from clean some one’s clock? I kinda skimmed this convo so apologies if that was already mentioned. As far as I know cleaning someone’s clock means to beat them or defeat them utterly.
Kind of interesting to think of slang that got shorted to [distinctive word from the idiom], past tensed.
I’ve also heard “clocked” used in the above negative connotation for being intrusively or violently identified as trans against one’s efforts to pass. However like Ruby I’ve also noticed it being used with less insidious connotations, not exactly as “noticed,” but identified–correctly and perceptive–as something that is not readily apparent, or is even something someone is trying to, not exactly conceal, but something which is not being readily communicated. That’s probably where the unfriendly connotations come from with regards to trans people, but, it isn’t always necessarily about perceiving something that the subject of a clocking doesn’t want others to notice, and it’s more about the perceiver picking up on something subtle. You can potentially make someone feel “see” by clocking them, like, say, clocking a fellow advanced brained neurocool person and relating to them in a mutually comfortable and pleasing way.
Kind of like, if I were to somehow be on a hiking trail near the U.S.-Canada border in Minnesota, and I overheard some old man talking loudly about Oikospiel Book 1: A Dog Opera to a partridge or perhaps a rock they were holding, I could reasonably clock that person to be @yeso