So by now everyone knows what the noun “bling” means.
Bling-bling • Wikipedia
But I am wondering exactly how to parse “bling” in Drake’s hit song.
And I know when that hotline bling
That can only mean one thing…
First off, he uses it as a verb. Nouning a verb is itself not a difficulty. So maybe he just means that his cell phone makes a sound suggestive of the glitter of jewels and precious metals.
Still, maybe it’s just an alternative pronunciation for “blink”, particularly since “bling” and “blink” really just vary by a single terminal consonant.
- bling /blɪŋ/
- blink /blɪŋk/
Or maybe, it’s a portmanteau of “blink” and “ring”.
The Genius lyrics annotation suggests a different interpretation.