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Latin

Article: How to Become a Prince Fan

Check out this article published today by GQ entitled "How to Become a Prince Fan":

https://www.gq.com/story/...rince-fan/
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Reply #1 posted 03/12/18 4:02pm

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I read the synpois of the article. It waa a nice read. Becoming a Prince fan is simple! Listen to his music, watch his movies and get the 411 on what Prince was all about.

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Reply #2 posted 03/12/18 6:31pm

Adorecream

I am from New Zealand, what does 411 mean. What is a 411, is it some form of weird slang?

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Reply #3 posted 03/12/18 6:34pm

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411 is "urban slang". It means information. As popularized by Mary J Blige n her debut What's the 411?

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Reply #4 posted 03/12/18 6:36pm

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Adorecream said:

I am from New Zealand, what does 411 mean. What is a 411, is it some form of weird slang?


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Reply #5 posted 03/12/18 6:39pm

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purplepolitician said:

411 is "urban slang". It means information. As popularized by Mary J Blige n her debut What's the 411?

While this is also true. Actually, "411" was the real phone number we (in America) had to dial to call the "Information Operator" back in the days before internet and smart phones. grandpa

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Reply #6 posted 03/12/18 6:51pm

Adorecream

Cool thanks guys - if that is the case the article has a decent amount of 411 for the complete newbie who has only heard a few of Prince's big 80s smashes. I am sure the number of people who have never ever heard 1999, When Doves Cry, Purple Rain, Kiss or U got the look would be limited and restricted to non English speakers, countries where American pop music was banned, deaf people, mutes and anyone over 80.

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Their choices of 6 Prince songs to start with are very solid. The 5th song is actually the one that made me a fan, and song 6 is probably the best entry point for anyone born after Batman was released (Then again Song #5 for those of us like me born after Watergate - see I do know some US history).

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Reply #7 posted 03/12/18 7:11pm

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purplepolitician said:

411 is "urban slang". It means information. As popularized by Mary J Blige n her debut What's the 411?


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Reply #8 posted 03/12/18 8:33pm

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purplepolitician said:

411 is "urban slang". It means information. As popularized by Mary J Blige n her debut What's the 411?


Uh...not quite. 411 has been around since the 1930s or so.

411 is what you dial on a phone for information. If you needed information in another town, city, or state, or just needed a quick reference to a phone number and didn't have a phone book, you dialed 411. An operator would come on, you'd ask them for whatever you needed, and they gave it to you. "Hi, I'm looking for the number to the Pizza Hut on Oak Ave." or "Can I have the number for Bob's Electric on Southwest 51st Street?" Eventually, they'd connect you to an automated response that sometimes had a quick advert from an advertiser, and it also offered to dial the number for you for free, or for 25¢ (something like that). 411 literally was information. It didn't mean information, it was the number to dial to get more information.

If you ever needed a number in another area code, you could dial 1.area code.555.1212 and be connected to information in that area code. So I was in Los Angeles but wanted a number in New York city area, I could dial 1.212.555.1212 or 1.718.555.1212 and get the information in that area. It was a clever idea and probably cleared up 411 operators to keep local calls coming in.

The N11 format was kept with things like the invention of 911 (emergency) in the U.S., 511 for travel information, 611 was to report a problem with a payphone, 711 is for the hearing imparied. 211, 311, and 811 are all different non-emergency services.

Mary J copied mother Bell, at best. She didn't popularize it by any means, not even as slang.

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Reply #9 posted 03/12/18 10:24pm

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HatrinaHaterwitz said:

purplepolitician said:

411 is "urban slang". It means information. As popularized by Mary J Blige n her debut What's the 411?

While this is also true. Actually, "411" was the real phone number we (in America) had to dial to call the "Information Operator" back in the days before internet and smart phones. grandpa

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Anybody remember party lines? lol

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Reply #10 posted 03/13/18 12:06am

Adorecream

That is so funny, here 111 is the emergency phone number and 123 is directory assistance.

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Reply #11 posted 03/13/18 3:35am

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HatrinaHaterwitz said:

purplepolitician said:

411 is "urban slang". It means information. As popularized by Mary J Blige n her debut What's the 411?

While this is also true. Actually, "411" was the real phone number we (in America) had to dial to call the "Information Operator" back in the days before internet and smart phones. grandpa

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And the phone you dialled it on had a cord and a big, round dial. This wasn't that long ago. Don't worry, you ain't old!

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Reply #12 posted 03/13/18 4:06am

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Thanks.....interesting article thumbs up!
Keep Calm & Listen To Prince
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Reply #13 posted 03/13/18 5:43am

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Reply #15 posted 03/13/18 7:12am

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Nice article! Thanks Latin!

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Reply #16 posted 03/13/18 7:25am

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Reply #17 posted 03/14/18 6:53am

Latin

Goddess4Real said:

Thanks.....interesting article thumbs up!

You are very welcome. smile
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Reply #18 posted 03/15/18 2:39pm

Latin

pinkcashmere23 said:

Nice article! Thanks Latin!


You are very welcome. smile
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Reply #19 posted 03/15/18 3:11pm

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How to become a Prince fan:

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1. Start with "For You"...........then, work your way up to the cream.......HitNRunP2 wink

"With love, honor, and respect for every living thing in the universe, separation ceases, and we all become one being, singing one song." - Prince Roger Nelson (1958-2016)
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Reply #20 posted 03/15/18 5:48pm

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HerecomethePurpleYoda said:

I could watch that for hours... well, not really. But for several minutes. lol

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Reply #21 posted 03/16/18 11:08am

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EddieC said:

HerecomethePurpleYoda said:

I could watch that for hours... well, not really. But for several minutes. lol

lol

"With love, honor, and respect for every living thing in the universe, separation ceases, and we all become one being, singing one song." - Prince Roger Nelson (1958-2016)
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Reply #22 posted 03/18/18 12:18pm

Latin

The New Power Generation posted the following on Twitter regarding the article:

"A primer for the kids of Prince fans.... smile"
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