I want to touch on a topic that most of us find meaningless but should be talked about and hopefully fixed. For the last decade when describing “Breakin” the community has flipped it to “Bboying” but truth be told, the word is incorrect and shouldn’t be used.
As KRS ONE says in regards to Rapping and Hiphop. Rap is something you do, Hiphop is something you live. Breakin is something you do, a BBOY/BGIRL is what you are. Look at it this way:
Rap = Rapping = MC
Write = Writing = Writer
Spin = Spinning = DJ
Break = Breaking = Bboy/Bgirl
Pop = Popping = Popper
BBOY/BGIRL stands for BreakBoy BreakGirl NOT BreakBoying or BreakGirling.
Now in terms outside of Hiphop:
If you’re an artist you’re not “artering”
If you’re a basketball player you’re not “Basketballing”
If you’re a Doctor you’re now “Doctoring”
These examples might be a bit dumb but truth is, thats what we are being when we state we are Bboying or Bgirling.
About a year ago I personally realized that I was wrong myself for always using those terms. One of the company slogans reads Strictly Bboyin and Always Hiphop. I stopped using the slogan and plan to switch it to Strictly Breakin and Always Hiphop.
Hope this opens the eyes of a few. As we like to say KNOW YOUR R.O.O.T.S. ROOTS = Respect Our Original Traditions & Styles.