What does Dope mean?

What does it mean when someone says Dope?

For many of us, a dope is someone was behaving in a daft way, that they were being dopey (like the dwarf).

Dope is also used to refer to drugs.

dope beanieWill.i.am uses Dope to mean cool or great. He said of the UK Voice winner Steve, ‘he’s Dope’ and I think he was using it in his usual sense and was not being rude.

A few weeks ago I saw someone wearing a hat that was similar to the one in this picture. They were clearly trying to be cool, but what struck me as odd was that many people would see the hat and their first thought would be that they were calling themselves stupid.

It’s funny how the meaning of words change and in a similar way, actions that we take can be misinterpreted. The trouble is that we don’t know what is going on in someone else’s head and so we can only try to interpret their behaviour.

Someone recently spoke to me about something that they were surprised about. They had drawn a particular negative conclusion from something I had done and fortunately they came and spoke to me about it and we were able to sort it out rather than them having a false impression of what I was thinking.

Who do we need to sort things out with?

Just because someone is wearing a hat with dope on it doesn’t mean they are calling themselves stupid!

Just because someone behaves a certain way doesn’t mean that you know what they are thinking!

When in doubt, ask, after all, it’s good to talk.


About honestaboutmyfaith

Hi, my name is Graeme and I’m married to a very patient wife. We have 4 children, 2 rabbits, a terrapin (and not a lot of peace and quiet!). I’m a Regional Minister for the Eastern Baptist Association in the UK (the views expressed in this blog are my own) and I am especially interested in making Church accessible to people who have no church background and also in how we disciple people in order to equip them to live out their faith in the 21st Century.
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