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What is the origin of the phrase "game on"? Can it be used in formal conversations?

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closed as too localized by RegDwigнt Jun 5 '12 at 14:17

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There is nothing special about this phrase. On is used as an adverb here, and can be used like that with pretty much any verb. So it's impossible to find out who first used it with this particular verb, and even if we did, it would be nothing of notice. en.wiktionary.org/wiki/on#Adverb –  RegDwigнt Jun 5 '12 at 14:16
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Nothing special about the phrase "game on"? google.com/… There are the google results that prove how wrong you are. How about some basic research on YOUR part, @RegDwightΒВBẞ8 I realize you like to see your name up there closing questions, but come on... really? –  Bon Gart Jun 5 '12 at 14:20
    
This is a common phrase, but I don't think it is appropriate for formal conversations. Several dictionaries list it as slang or informal. I read this article that speculates that it might come from video gaming" "The literal meaning of 'game on' is a request to formally start or continue a paused game." It's counterpart being "game over." –  JLG Jun 5 '12 at 14:21
    
this is a phrase that is commonly used in informal conversations between friends, to mean that the challenge is made and accepted, because it implies a friendly competition. It can be (but usually is not) used between antagonistic rivals. So, for it to be used in a FORMAL conversation would imply a certain amount of familiarity (or desired familiarity) between the people in the conversation. –  Bon Gart Jun 5 '12 at 14:23
    
@Bon: you still haven't answered the question about the origin. My original comment still stands. I fail to see how your link to Google proves anything, or is even related to the question at hand. (I see a TV show and a diet, now what? You have to be more precise.) And I most certainly don't see how any of that justifies vile ad hominem attacks. Be civil. –  RegDwigнt Jul 27 '12 at 9:42
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