The word “throw” is used in the context of throwing something. We’ve all used it at least once, whether it’s thrown something from a balcony, thrown something from a table or thrown something from a phone. Some of us think of throwing something as a physical act, while others use it as a mental representation or a symbol. So we’ve got “throw” and “throw out” to choose from.
But, in our work as designers, we’ve been hearing a lot from people who want to know the meaning of throw. This post is inspired by our experience as designers trying to translate throw in English to our clients.
What are throws?
First, throw is like throwing. A throw is a gesture, whether it be a fist bump or a smile. In the past, throw had a different connotation in English as “throwback”, “throwy” and “throwy” became fairly popular. But, in the last 2 years, throw has become much more commonly used in English to mean “a strong or violent gesture”. The words “throwback”, “throwy” and “throwy/Throwyface” have shown up in the dictionary. And this has only contributed to making our English throw more descriptive than before.
Throw is a social act
You probably wouldn’t see throwing involved in the conversation about sports, games, parties or other such activity. But in our work as designers, we hear a lot from people who want throw to help communicate their opinions on social issues, gender, sexuality and a hundred other topics.
So, how do we use throw in English to better represent those thoughts?
1. Use “throwback” as a neutral word
I’m going to use “throwback” for this article because it’s a popular word in English and it’s been used to help describe an important historical moment. But it’s also interesting to see how the word “throwback” is used in English because we have a whole language with different connotations for the word.
So, throwback refers to our ideas about the past that are in line with the social, political, ethnic, personal or aesthetic preferences of others. So, throwback can mean any kind of positive or negative expression about the past.
In an interview with BBC News, Matt Haig, creative director at brand agency IDEO, said, “We use throwback to describe the past in a specific way – in a positive way –
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