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September 12, 2023

From Munch to Matty: Your Ultimate Guide to NY Drill Slang

From Munch To "Matty": Your Ultimate Guide To NY Drill Slang

Whether you’re a Cardi B lover or just curious about the viral TikTok trend, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of “munch.” From the Bronx drill artist Ice Spice’s song of the same name to Fivio Foreign’s 2020 hit “Wetty,” this catchphrase has taken over. And while it’s an easy word to throw around, there’s a lot to unpack when it comes to the meaning of munch.

To be a munch is to seek pleasure from someone else without reciprocating it. In this sense, it can be used to describe a straight guy who’s only looking for oral sex from women. But it can also be a negative term in the context of a romantic or sexual relationship. A munch is often seen as a loser who doesn’t deserve to be around.

Edvard Munch’s early life was marred by repeated and often serious health problems, as well as the deaths of family members, which he interpreted as divine punishment. These experiences left a lasting impression and helped inform his later preoccupation with themes of anxiety, emotional suffering, and human vulnerability. His paintings of this period, the Frieze series — including The Scream (1893), Melancholy (1892–93), Jealousy (1894–95), and Ashes (1894–95) — are some of his most enduringly influential works. He bequeathed most of his remaining work—more than 1,100 paintings, 4,500 drawings, and 18,000 prints—to Oslo’s Munch Museum in 1944.