A wise man once said that to truly learn a language, we must always learn two: The formal, written one, and the informal, spoken one.
Of course, this is an oversimplification. The point stands, however, that language is a living thing.
You can spend as many hours as you want in a library in front of a book on English grammar and usage.
But to really understand a modern language, you will have to venture out, speak to people, and take an interest in popular culture.
Being fluent does not mean being a grammatical referee; it means being able to understand and contextualize what is being said around you.
Slang and the usage of the entire informal language register change on a daily basis.
So, what does it mean to be “feeling some type of way?” Well, let’s just say this: You won’t find the answer in a traditional encyclopedia.
What is the meaning of the expression “Feeling some type of way”?
“Feeling some type of way” can mean feeling so strongly about something that the experience is overwhelming and therefore difficult to put into words. It can also mean that one is unsure what exactly one feels about something, but that one knows one feels something about it.
To say one is “Feeling some type of way” is a way to acknowledge that one has feelings, of some kind or other, about something.
The first way the phrase is used is to mean that one feels very strongly about something.
When used in this way it is usually said for effect. It is frequently said to someone who understands what emotion the speaker is feeling, and therefore doesn’t need this to be clarified.
For example, if you tell your friend that you are “feeling some type of way” about the fact that the person you like texted you back, they will assume that the “way” you feel is excited.
They will also understand that you mean that you feel more than just excited, you feel “some type of way,” that you can’t quite describe.
When someone says they are “feeling some type of way” about someone, they often mean that they feel very attracted to them.
This usage of the phrase can be both positive and negative. If you are “feeling some type of way,” about the fact that someone insulted you, it means you feel extremely angry or annoyed.
When it comes to interpreting how this expression is being used, context and tone of voice are everything.
The second way the phrase “Feeling some type of way” is used, is to mean that you do not know how you feel about something, but you know that you feel something about it.
For example, if you did not get into the college of your choice and your friend asks you how you feel about it, you might shrug and say, “I’m feeling some type of way.”
In this case, you are not saying that you feel extremely disappointed or sad, but rather that you acknowledge that it is causing you to have feelings of some kind, but you aren’t exactly sure what those feelings are.
The same can be true when speaking about how one feels about another person.
For example, if someone asks you how you feel about the girl you have been seeing for several months, you might say, “I don’t know man, I feel some type of way, but I’m not sure yet. We’ll have to see how things go.”
In this context, you would mean that you aren’t yet sure whether your feelings for the person you are seeing are strong enough to go the distance.
The origins of the expression “Feeling some type of way”
The expression “Feeling some type of way” originated in the colloquial slang of the American inner city, and in particular that of the African American community.
It is frequently used in rap lyrics, for example, in Rich Homie Quan’s song “Type of Way,” in which he sings “The car I’m driving make you feel some type of way/ That custom Breitling make you feel some type of way.”
In this context, the phrase is being used in its first sense, namely, to mean that the girl he is with is feeling very strongly because of the car he is driving.
It is likely being used to mean that she is very attracted to him.
9 ways to use the expression “Feeling some type of way”
Dahlia: Girl, you know I feel some type of way about him lately.
Angelo: I don’t know. I’m definitely feeling some type of way about her, but I’m not sure if it’s love or lust.
Alicia: Whatever way she’s feeling, she needs to be careful. To be with Johann is to dance with the devil.
Sara: Yeah, I know. She was obviously feeling some type of way about it. I mean, she walked out and slammed the door.
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