Can someone please help me to clear this up in this statement:

Should it be role or roll and what is the meaning and/or origin of it.

  • Please give us the source and full quote. – Ronald Sole Nov 27 '19 at 8:22
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"Slow your roll" is a slang expression that roughly means to "calm down" or "relax." It is commonly associated with the lingo of American "gangsta" culture. This culture has a distinctive slang vocabulary and manner of speech, which is sometimes even considered its own dialect. This expression is not offensive, but due to its strong cultural association I would advise English learners not to use it. You can say "calm down" instead with exactly the same meaning.

I haven't been able to discover the origin of the expression. A web search suggests it dates back at least to the mid-1990s and possibly earlier. This is only speculation on my part, but I would guess that the meaning is an allusion to rolling dice, as in a board game, evoking the idea of an overly excited player throwing the dice recklessly.

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