Collab (n.)

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Definition: “Collab” is a clipping of the word collaboration. Collaboration typically means the action of working with someone to produce or create something. Nowadays a Collab still has the same sense of working with someone to produce something, however, collab now has the sense of only making video’s with someone. Some people may still use it for other forms of art, but typically it’s youtuber’s who use the word “collab” to work with other youtubers.

Collab has been around since the early 2000 but has started to increase in popularity due to the large use of the word by youtubers.

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  • Collaboration: noun of action, < Latin collabōrāreto collaborate : probably immediately < French.
  • Collaborate: < modern French collaborer, or its original, Latin collabōrāre( < col- together + labōrāre to work, labour )
  • Labour/ Labor: Of multiple origins. Partly a borrowing from French. Partly a borrowing from Latin. Etymons:French labure; Latin labor.
    < Anglo-Norman labure, Anglo-Norman and Old French laburlabor, Anglo-Norman and Old French, Middle French labour, Old French, Middle French labeur(French labeur ) trouble, effort, affliction, misfortune (first half of the 12th cent. in Anglo-Norman), hard work (1155), burden, task (c1170 or earlier in Anglo-Norman), suffering (c1270 or earlier in Anglo-Norman), outcome, product, or result of work (1283), fatigue (c1349), difficulty (c1370) and its etymon classical Latin labor work, toil, industry, task, result or product of work, struggle, hardship, physical pain, distress, pain of childbirth, eclipse (of the sun or moon), wear and tear, in post-classical Latin also exercise (13th cent. in a British source), of uncertain origin: perhaps related to lābī to fall (see labent ). Compare Old Occitan labor, Catalan labor (14th cent.), Spanish labor (1030 as lavor), Portuguese lavor (a1065), Italian labore (a1294; now archaic).


Sociolectical Information: The idea of collaborations have been around for a long time and is used done by many artist, film makers, and  anyone who is wanting to work with someone they admire, or whose work matches what your looking for to compliment your own. Collab has been used to shorten collaboration and is typically used by people who want to make video’s together.

 Survival Predictions: I think this word will survive because the idea of collaboration has been around for a long time. I think the clipping makes the word seem a little newer and just makes the phrase easier to say. I think the word since it is a clipping of collaboration is easy to pronounce and since it’s shorter makes it easier to say.

 Lexopinons: I really like this word because i think it’s fun and easy to say. I have only ever heard the word when watching youtube video. A youtuber usually talks about how they want to do a collab with a specific youtuber or they are about to do one. I think Collab sounds more informal then collaboration and less official which makes it fun.



  1. Great entry! I agree that the word is catchy and easy to say, as well as that it serves as bonding “lingo” for the YouTube community, and for those reasons it will probably remain in use. It’s also interesting to note that the word “collaboration” has been around for a long time, but its popular use as a noun, as well as its clipping to “collab,” gained popularity only with the rise of vlogging as a form of entertainment. It would be interesting to see whether there was something about this medium, or its particular community of fans, which warranted the use of the word in a way it hasn’t been used before–that could be something additional to explore in the lexopinions or sociolects? Great etymology and analysis overall!

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