Video / Mar 5, 2012 / 5:30 pm

Clip Of The Day: Steve Nash Explains The Meaning Of “Dime”

Steve Nash

Basketball isn’t simply America’s game anymore. It’s worldwide, and thanks to places like EnglishBaby.com, fans as far away as China are learning the slang that goes with it. Our favorite slang description? Obviously “dime.” I don’t really know how a coin came to describe a dope pass and the best basketball mag in the world, but Steve Nash seems to think it’s connected to making a phone call.

What do you think?

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  • http://deleted dagwaller

    Dishing. Dopey. Dimes.

    True thugs never Engrish.

  • http://www.payattnstalkers.com Chicagorilla


    I always thought the term “dropped a dime” originated from snitching or ratting on someone. Not sure how i can relate that to basketball though, so i guess Steve Nash’s version works better.

  • BiGShoTBoB

    Yup Steve might be on to something…

  • snook

    why were captions needed. must be because he’s canadian

  • sh!tfaced

    for steve, it’s easy as nash to mouth…

  • http://datpiff.com beiber newz

    droppin dimes of knowledge there nash. i thought the origin was known tho. good to hear it from an assist maestro’s mouth though ya figga deal me.

  • kyballer312

    The term to “drop a dime” comes from using a pay phone to call the police…in basketball terms it is making a “connection” with another player for a basket…the police would tell people that if they “see so-and-so or hear this-or-that” to “drop them a dime” meaning to call them and let them know whats going on

  • http://datpiff.com beiber newz

    yea, KYBALLERS,

    THUGS, RAPPERS, MOB MEMBERS USE “dropping dimes” the way u defined it. i think it has many meanings.