According to Urban Dictionary, the fist pump can be described as..
The ‘Fist Pump’ has actually be around a lot longer than The Jersey Shore..some even cite seeing incidences of “fist pumping” as far back as the 1960’s. It is said that “Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi, both New Jersey natives, have been credited as playing a part in the rise of the first pump throughout history.”
Fist pumping is also a pretty common gesture in sports..
That being said, I’m sure we can all agree that it was the cast of The Jersey Shore who catapulted the fist pump into popular culture. Not only in the States,,but all over the world.
and sure enough,,she wasn’t lying..
If you’ve never seen what the fist pump looks like..watch this video of Vinny Guadagnino aka “Vinny G” showing ‘how to fist pump the jersey shore way’. Skip to 2:20.
Where am I going with this? Well…since I’ve been back in Trinidad, I’ve been noticing a trend. A Jersey Shore inspired fist pumping trend..
Everything from the word “pump/pumpin'” used in everyday speech..
“We going an pump tonight..” “We pumpin’ tonight.”
To “fist pumping and jumping” songs created by local artists..
Actually, here is a pic of two of my friends doing the fist pump to Nebula 868’s song last Friday at Rossco’s!
And advertisements.. “We pumpin’ with Digiciel!”
And this? This is probably the saddest use of fist pumping anywhere in the world! You have to watch this HI-LO ad where the animated dollar sign fist pumps..too funny!
I asked a few of my friends..when ‘fist pumping’ became so popular in Trinidad and when the words ‘pump/pumpin’ became adopted into speech.. As in all of my previous visits to Trini, I had never really heard the word/term being used before..
And sure enough, they all pretty much had the same thing to say..confirming my suspicions,, “You know that show The Jersey Shore?”
“Yeah,” I would say..
“Yeah…well it started to become popular right around there..when the show started. Trini’s love to piggy back on everything American. Even if we don’t like to admit it.”
Ok.. so maybe this is a hasty generalization..but so far, I can provide no other explanation for the prevalence of ‘fist pumping’ in Trinidadian pop culture! Can you? And to be honest,,I’m still not really sure how I feel about the trend.. Fist pumping in Trinidad? I mean, it’s kinda ridiculous. What’s next? Did planking ever pick up here? What about owling? (lol.. owling. bahaha).
I wonder if Snooki would considering coming down to Trinidad to teach Kamla how to fist pump…I mean, she taught David Letterman! That would definitely be the day.