Clapbacks, Tea & Receipts: The Year In Celebrity Slang

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This was the year of clap backs, tea, and receipts. The messier the situation, the longer the list of receipts. And 2016 was a really messy year.

For those of you wondering, WTF are receipts?, here's a crash course. Receipts are basically evidence or proof that someone did something. The expression derives from the conventional meaning of a receipt that shows proof of purchase, but in this case, it's showing proof of shade. Its origin is disputed, but many credit the unforgettable Whitney Houston interview with Diane Sawyer, in which Sawyer reads a headline to Houston alleging that the singer spent $730,000 on drugs in a year. Houston replies, "Show me the receipts." And thus, receipts were born.

The meaning of the word has evolved through the years, but now it's most often used in reference to a pop culture event, specifically one in which one celebrity backs up a complaint or feud with hard evidence. Think Kim Kardashian sharing a video of Taylor Swift giving Kanye West permission to use her name in his hotly disputed song, "Famous." Kardashian had all the receipts, and she laid them out for the world to see.

That might be the most iconic receipt moment of the year, but there were plenty of other golden ones. Let's open up our checkbooks and take a look.
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Photo via @BlacChyna.
Blac Chyna's Receipts On JC Pilot
If we learned anything from Rob & Chyna, it's that Chyna does not put up with any shadiness.

She made that very, very clear in October, when a man named JC Pilot insinuated that he had had an affair with her, and attempted to extort her and Rob Kardashian. In response, Kardashian sent threatening texts to Pilot, causing Pilot to then take the messages to the police. Chyna did not like that Pilot was pulling these strings, and went straight to Instagram to share all her receipts on the rapper. The post included a variety of screenshots of texts, emails, and even her paternity test proving that Kardashian is the father of their daughter, Dream.
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Photo via @Brittany.Farrar.
Brittany Farrar's (Literal) Receipts On The Bachelor's Jordan Rodgers
Jordan Rodgers had to deal with his fair share of literal receipt evidence after his ex-girlfriend Brittany Farrar publicly accused him of cheating on her while they were in a relationship. Farrar went so far as to post screenshots of a receipt from a flower delivery company, proving that Rodgers had sent a bouquet of roses (ironic) to a woman who was not his girlfriend.

"The receipt for a giant bouquet of roses Jordan bought for the girl he cheated on me with in Louisana." Farrer captioned the picture. "He met her while shooting Pitch Perfect 2 (he was deep in the background pretending to be one of the Green Bay Packers — the closest he's ever been to making an NFL team). And for the devil's advocate I've included screenshots of texts with dates to show we were a couple."

The posts have since been deleted, but the act has gone down in receipt history.
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Photo via @ChloeGMoretz.
Chloë Grace Moretz's Receipts On Khloé Kardashian
Chloë Grace Mortez accidentally got on Khloé Kardashian's bad side, and a battle royal erupted on Twitter. Moretz tweeted a message aimed at the drama surrounding Kim Kardashian's nude selfie, and in response, Khloé tweeted a picture of a woman who looked like Moretz having a bathing suit malfunction.

When Moretz saw the picture, she quickly responded with the real receipts: The girl in the picture wasn't her.
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Photo via @BlacChyna.
Blac Chyna's Receipts On Wendy Williams
Chyna is back again — her Instagram account is quickly becoming a treasure trove of receipts. Recently, the outspoken talk-show host Wendy Williams said some disrespectful things about Chyna's fiancé Rob Kardashian. Obviously, Williams was unaware that Chyna does not sit idly by and let people talk shit about her family. Chyna's expletive-filled rant was full of rumors and claims about Williams and her personal life.

"I find it so funny how you love to talk about Rob and his insecurities like at a point in time you wasn’t a fat 400 pound ass bitch on the radio!" Chyna wrote. "You telling him to put some some bass in his voice? You want him to be like Kevin? Right you want Rob to put some bass in his voice and a fist upside my head next right? You want him to be like your husband? Rob is MY MAN! MINE! I love him for who he is which is why we are together. Therefore it doesn’t fucking matter what you 'Think' or 'Want' him to be he’s not for you Bitch!" Mic drop.
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Photo via @RyanLochte.
Brazil's Receipts On Lyin' Lochte
Ryan Lochte went to Rio for gold medals, but found trouble instead. Lots of trouble. The swimmer claimed that he and three other Olympians were robbed at gunpoint after a night of drinking during the games. The whole thing sounded shady from the get-go, but then someone released raw footage from a security camera that debunked Lochte's entire story. The video receipt proved that Lochte and the three other boys had not only lied, but also vandalized the gas station and harassed the attendant.

Lochte has since apologized, but his behavior was incredibly embarrassing for his entire team and fellow Olympians.
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Photo via @taylorswift.
Kim Kardashian's Receipts On Taylor Swift
I feel like we don't really need a refresher on this because it spurred SO many conversations throughout the year, but just in case: Kim Kardashian exposed Taylor Swift on Snapchat. The reality star and wife of Kanye West shared clips of a recorded conversation between Swift and West. The clips showed Swift signing off on lyrics of West's controversial song "Famous," in which he says that he feels like he and Swift might still have sex because he "made that bitch famous."

Kardashian shared the audio receipt of Swift approving the lyrics because after the song's initial release, Swift spoke out against its reference to her and even had her reps lie and say she had never heard the lyrics before. Kardashian claimed couldn't stand Swift's lying, so she went ahead and shared the receipts.

In response, Swift shared this note, claiming that she didn't approve the word "bitch" and that she feels personally victimized by Kardashian and West.
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Photo via @CalvinHarris.
Calvin Harris' Receipts On Nils Sjoberg
Taylor Swift probably never wants to see a tweet or Snapchat video with her name in it ever again after this year. This one involved her ex-boyfriend, Calvin Harris. It all began when rumors started swirling that despite their breakup, Swift and Harris shared credits on his hit song of the summer, "This Is What You Came For." Wikipedia credited "Nils Sjoberg" for the song, which prompted internet speculation about the identity of this mysterious songwriter. Many thought it was Swift using a pseudonym, until reps for the singer denied her involvement. But shortly after that, her reps came out and confirmed that Swift had indeed written the song.

In response, Harris dragged his ex a little bit on Twitter by saying: "Hurtful to me at this point that her and her team would go so far out of their way to try and make ME look bad at this stage though." He confirmed that "initially she wanted it kept secret, hence the pseudonym," and she she also "sings on a little bit of" the track, too.
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Photo via @HillaryClinton.
Hillary Clinton's Receipts On Chris Christie
Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, spent much of the year 2016 calling out Hillary Clinton for — in his opinion — her major breaches of ethics during her time as secretary of state. Clinton and her team had this receipt, in the form of a New York Times report, ready and waiting to fire back.

The pot called the kettle black, and the kettle clapped back.
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