Getting annoyed online is something that all of us sometimes do. But there are certain words that people might say to us to show that they find our state of annoyance funny. But one word that may confuse some people is “Malding”.
What does Malding mean?
“Malding” is a portmanteau of mad and balding. The implication being that you are so mad, your hair is falling out. The word has its origins in the gaming-based social media platform Twitch. When people accuse you of being “malding”, they’re likely using metaphorical language – they don’t genuinely believe your hair is falling out.
In this article, we’ll talk about where malding comes from, why you may be malding, and how Twitch got its own terminology.
Why people might start malding
Let’s start off by looking at some of the reasons why you might be malding. It happens to all of us. We get annoyed at the slightest of things.
When we lose a game, particularly after we’ve worked so hard on it. This can make us very frustrated.
But you don’t need to be gaming to be malding. Anything that would annoy you could make you malding. If you lose a lot of money, stub your toe, or wake up let, you could get so mad, you start going bald (metaphorically), alas, you are malding.
Examples of how to use “malding” in a sentence
To enable us to fully understand what “malding” means, it might help if we used it in a few examples.
“I spent 4 hours on this level. And right at the end of it, I end up dying! That’s 4 hours of life wasted”.
“4 hours?! I bet you’re malding.”
“Oh, I am definitely malding”,,,,,,.
“Was your dad mad when he told you’d spent $100 in Fortnite?”
“Mad? He was Malding! But it’s fine.”
“I heard you were scammed out of $40. You okay?”
“I’m malding. I can’t believe I was stupid enough to fall for that!”
Origin of the term Malding
The term “malding” was created in 2019, when Twitch gamer Forsen said the phrase “So mad. So balding”. In this chat, people started repeating the phrase. And maybe by accident, perhaps on purpose, someone created the new word “malding”. The word soon found it’s way into the Urban Dictionary.
The term grew more popular thanks to a video on YouTube called “The malding of Twitch”, all about Twitch gamers who had started to suffer from hair loss. This video brought the term outside of Twitch and gave it to the rest of the internet.
How Twitch got it’s own slang
It’s interesting to think about why Twitch, a social media platform dedicated to video games, has developed its own slang.
The words we use, both proper words and slang words, we learn from the communities we live in. In the past, communities were all about geography, your town, your family, your friends. But since the internet, communities have become less reliant on geography and more on common interests.
Just like how real-world slang is started by a small group before spreading onto everyone else, Twitch slang starts when a popular gamer or emote uses a new word. Other people decide to use the same word.
Examples of Twitch slang
Let’s take a look at some more Twitch slang you may be familiar with. These are words that started on Twitch but are now finding new life outside of that app.
Poggers– Something you say out of excitement.
React Andy– A streamer known for reaction videos
Botting– When a streamer increases their viewer count with bots, very much against Twitch’s rules.
Kappa– A term used to show that you’re kidding and not being serious.
For people unfamiliar with Twitch, most of these words will mean nothing. But they have come about through the usage of them by other members of the Twitch community.
Malding is a Portmanteu
Malding is an excellent example of what’s known as a portmanteau.
A portmanteau is when you combine two words to make one. Please be aware, this is not the same as a contraction. Therefore “You’re” does not count as a portmanteau.
When creating portmanteau, there aren’t any rules about the etymological roots of the words. If you’d like, you can have a Greek Prefix with a Latin Suffix.
Many of the words we may use daily are portmanteaus, but we don’t even think about it.
Other examples of Portmanteus
Malding is an excellent example of a portmanteau, but here are some you may be more familiar with.
Hungry + Angry = Hangry
To be so angry, it makes you hungry.
Motorway + Hotel= Motel
A hotel located near a motorway
Britain + Exit = Brexit
The process of Britain’s exit from the EU.
Smoke + Fog = Smog
A combination of smoke and fog.
Breakfast + Lunch = Brunch
A meal eaten by people who wake up too late for breakfast.
Mock + Documentary = Mockumentary
A comedy designed to look like a documentary.
Alternatives to “malding”
“Malding” is not the only way we can exaggerate how annoyed someone is. Here are a few other example sentences to explore different ways of portraying anger.
1. The man stormed into the post office and began yellow at the Clark.
Alfred turned to his friend, “Someone has a bee in his bonnet”.
2. “I don’t care! This is so pointless. I don’t want to be here.”
“Well, it sounds like someone woke up on the wrong side of bed.”
3. Her husband walked downstairs, he took his coffee without saying hi to his wife.
“Good morning grumpy pants“.
Malding is a portmanteau of balding and mad. It’s from the online video game based social media platform “Twitch”.
It’s interesting to think about how the internet has changed the way languages develop. The words we use have always been determined by our communities. But in the past, community was always determined by geography and sometimes socioeconomic class. But thanks to the internet, community is more likely to be based around shared interests.
I hope now you have a better idea of how Twitch slang works and what Malding means. Hopefully, when your kids talk to you in their strange language, you’ll have a better idea of what they’re talking about.