Meet the Pennsylvania man who invented shortening the word “decent” to “deece”
By: Mike McBurnstein
Contributor: Nebraska Observer
“What do you think of Maroon 5?”
“Eh... They’re dece.”
People all over the world use the abbreviated form of the word decent, but oddly enough, not many know who actually started the popular trend of calling things “dece.” Meet Garrett Richardson.
The teammate knew right away that Richardson meant that the movie was decent, but that he had chosen to abbreviate it to the much less cumbersome, “dece.” His teammate decided that day that he too would start calling things dece. That teammate was Joseph McCune.
“It had a good ring to it,” McCune said, in an interview outside his apartment in the South Side of Pittsburgh. “At the time, I didn’t realize what Garrett had started, but when I described one of our female classmate’s asses as, ‘dece,’ our younger teammates lost their minds and started to use the word like crazy.”
Dece spread throughout the school, the township, then the state. Before they knew it, people up and down the East Coast were calling things dece.
What started as a way of describing something that was so-so in a concise way, took on a life of it’s own as young people began to use it as a way of describing things that were actually quite good. It took new forms as it evolved. The fact that someone’s parents were going out of town, leaving the house open for a party was described as Mega-DECE.
People were inspired to create their own variations of the phrase to express their originality such as, Hella-dece, Mucho-mucho-dece-dece, and even almighty dece.
As much as he loved the word that he made up, Richardson started to think that it was becoming played out, or "not dece."
Always the innovator, Richardson saw an opportunity to shorten the word even further, by including the D of dece in various acronyms. Highly-dece became HD, Outta Control Dece, was shortened to OCD and so on.
Richardson has since moved to New York City, where he works as a production assistant on a television show. I caught up with him in a coffee shop near his Upper East Side apartment and he reluctantly agreed to be interviewed.
“I didn’t invent dece for the credit,” said Richardson, “I don’t really mind that people don’t know I’m the originator, and I don’t think that people should have to pay me every time they say it, but I do appreciate you making the effort to look into this. Are you going to eat those fries?”
We chatted for a little while until he had to excuse himself in order to make it to the soup kitchen on time, where he volunteers every week. As he paid the check, I asked him if the rumors were true; that he had a really big dick. “I can neither confirm nor deny that,” he said, with a knowing smile.
(Mike McBurnstein has written for the Nebraska Observer for 10 years. He's definitely real.)