From the Coach Carter movie:

— That reminds me, Mr. Battle. Mr. Gesek tells me he doesn't see you in his classroom very often.

— Yeah, we cool, though, me and him. Mr. Gesek is a big basketball fan.

— Well, as of now, you're suspended. Oh, you can practice, but you can't play until Mr. Gesek tells me you're caught up in his class. And that's a shout out to the rest of you.

That was said while the coach was chastising the basketball team for bad academical. I was confused by the phrase shout out. The dictionary tells that it means to speak loudly. But that was said in a very calm way and couch didn't speak loud actually. So what does that mean?

  • @Stephie Is that a slang expression? Can I use it in more-or-less formal speech? May 11, 2015 at 10:46
  • It's African American Vernacular English (although it exists also in mainstream)
    – TimR
    May 11, 2015 at 10:50
  • Not really slang, more colloquial. Use primarily in spoken language, not as much in written form. But unless you are in a super formal setting, you can express thanks by saying: "I'd like to give a shout-out to all our volunteers who helped us build this ...." (just a random example).
    – Stephie
    May 11, 2015 at 10:51
  • Those two (neither of them African American, @TRomano) will quite often start or end their podcast with a shout-out either to a listener or some sponsor. Side note, clearly off-topic: I really like and recommend this podcast.
    – Stephie
    May 11, 2015 at 10:56

1 Answer 1


"To give a shout out to X" means to give credit to X or to mention X in an positive announcement

I haven't seen the movie this is from, but it looks like the term in the question's excerpt is being used intentionally against the above meaning as a sarcastic effect.

I remember first hearing this on rap radio stations in the early 90's, but everyone says it now.

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