Tony says when he was growing up in Orange County, California, he and his friends would use the exclamation Moded! meaning “In your face!” or “Busted!” This expression, and variations of it such as Molded! and Moted!, was said to someone who is humiliated, embarrassed, or mistaken. It was sometimes accompanied with the gesture of scratching one’s neck, a reference to the phrase scratch your dirty neck, suggesting someone who’d been beaten and otherwise bested. Another variation: Moded, corroded, your booty exploded!

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