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Silly Wild Ass Guess[edit]

In the construction industry when estimating costs or schedule durations SWAG stands for "silly wild ass guess" when you don't really know what the cost or schedule aspects will be for a particiular issue or schedule activity.

Swag as "Stuff We All Get"?[edit]

If Swag is also "Stuff We all Get" (which sounds like a backronym to me), then it should be SWAG, not swag.

Agreed. Demong 22:18, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
"Swag, promotional items given away at trade fairs and events" = stuff we all get. This is how the term is used in the geocaching community. - (talk) 05:15, 14 May 2013 (UTC)

You ain't seen me, roight?[edit]

I will give ninety-seven million pounds to the first person who can explain, in the article, what "swag" in the burglar sense is supposed to mean. I assume it's derived from the Australian term above - the burglar has a bag bursting with stuff - but it seems a very British thing. Also, why the striped t-shirt? Perhaps an illustrator in the 19th century or thenabouts set the popular visual image, much as Santa Claus is - I think - based on a single popular interpretation. -Ashley Pomeroy 17:56, 30 October 2005 (UTC) -I think the striped shirt, at least, comes from black-and-white horizontal stripes being a common American prison uniform back in the day. Presumably most criminals aren't still in their uniforms when they go back to committing crimes, but it was presumably illustrator's shorthand to show what kind of character they were dealing with.DaveOTN 03:19, 19 January 2007 (UTC)

Answer, is "Stolen Wares And Goods" was the name of a bag used by police for confiscating items from petty theive's to be processed and returned to their owner - bit like lost and found. Notice that whenever you saw a picture of the criminal carrying the S.W.A.G bag, he is already wearing prison clothes as a kind of warning, because that what's going to happen if you are caught with S.W.A.G.

Cheque please!! —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:08, 2 December 2010 (UTC)

Removed from "Australian camp roll" page[edit]

This text is now redundant, due to the presence of a disambiguation page, so I have removed it to here. Jonrock 04:41, 3 November 2005 (UTC)

Other Meanings[edit]

Swag has two other meanings behind it. One is merchandise given away for free, usually at an expo or music concert. Said merchandise normally pertains to music and/or entertainment in some way. The word Swag is actually an acronym for "Stuff We All Get", originated from the .com years where companies used these give-away items as promotional mechanisms. An alternative implying highly desirable give-aways not given to all attendees is "Stuff We Ain't Got."

Swag can also stand for "Stolen While At Google".

Another meaning is an acronym for "Scientific Wild Ass Guess".

Another meaning in the pirate days: Swag was a term for pirate "booty" or treasure.

It is used by the gaming community as a verb meaning to loot or pillage, or as an adjective to describe very nice found items. It is the more overt form of "yoink".

At the turn of the 21st Century swag has come to refer to the merchandise that brand name manufacturers gift to celebrities and influencers at high end events and award ceremonies. Often there are "swag houses" where a private residance or hotel suite is conveted into a party like athmosphere where the celebrities can be targetted to be gifted. The practice is thought to promote the brand by creating association for it with a luxury clientele.

Alternate spelling[edit]

So, as I looked through the history of this page. There have been several other things, besides the sale of Marajuana that have been spelled "schwag" or "shwag", but I'm not sure, if this is right. I think that the term for promotional items can also be spelled that way, but I'm not sure. McKay 06:56, 30 July 2006 (UTC)

No, those are just ignorant spellers. "Swag" is a promotional item, souvenir, etc (see [1]). "Schwag" is always referring to marijuana (see [2], note the Related Ads are for cannabis and marijuana). I always cringe when I see people write that they got "schwag" somewhere, knowing that they have no idea what they just wrote.

Folk etymologies[edit]

I think the "Stolen Without A Gun" explanation given in the article is one of many incorrect folk etymologies base on forming an acronym. Several for swag are given above in this talk page, and others for fuck, shit, golf and tip are given in false etymology. I therefore suggest that it be removed unless someone can come up with some documentation of this etymology.Furby100 22:02, 1 November 2006 (UTC)

I don't know how relevant it is, but there are several popular rap songs in the US currently that mention "swag" or "shwag", referencing the rapper's impressive jewelry (like treasure). I have no idea if this "stolen without a gun" has any bearing on that. I've always understood shwag (swag?) to mean either "loot" (treasure) or low grade marijuana. I believe I stuck in the references tag, and I would support removing backronyms and folk etymology. /Blaxthos 15:04, 3 November 2006 (UTC)


Why is this article focused on trade show gifts? "Swag" is an old term for stolen goods and was only quite recently applied to gifts given at trade shows and events in a tongue-in-cheek way, in the same way you might refer to Christmas gifts as "loot" or "booty." Tysto 01:36, 7 February 2007 (UTC)

as an Aussie, i have never historically heard of it in relation to stealing, must be an American historical term? five finger discount, pilfering, recking, these and more i have heard, but not swag in relation to theft or receiving stolen items

S.W.A.G. = Seriously Wild-Ass Guess[edit]

Seriously wild-ass guess is the way that I've always heard it explained. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 00:21, 8 March 2007 (UTC).

And yet again another urban legend.
If you look at how many web pages refer to each phrase, scientific wild-ass guess seems the most common among the many variations on this theme. (talk) 12:20, 8 April 2008 (UTC)

Swag is a lamp, right?[edit]

In Canada or at least in the part of Canada I'm in, the only meaning for "swag" is a lamp that hangs from the ceiling. Where is that definition? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:31, August 25, 2007 (UTC)

Not the only use, but also a US use for a lamp (or similar--maybe a fan?) on a cord and/or chain hung from the ceiling after "swagging" over from the original outlet/power source. Typically two ceiling attachment points--directly above the lamp/fan (obviously: gravity) and above the power supply, a corner, a ceiling power point, behind a curtain, etc. The arcing drape between these two points is the swag. E.g., "We'll run the power cord behind the drapes and "swag" from their center to the chandelier above the table." (No refs--sorry: don't care, though I have all of these in my home and refer to them as swags, with universal understanding.) Laguna CA (talk) 05:50, 21 July 2012 (UTC)


A swag is also a term used for window or doorway decorations. IE - Christmas swag being an evergreen branch or bundle placed over a threshold. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:06, 8 November 2007 (UTC)

Agree: "something (as a decoration) hanging in a curve between two points" ref: (noun 2). — Preceding unsigned comment added by Laguna CA (talkcontribs) 05:53, 21 July 2012 (UTC)

Edit request on 30 April 2012[edit]

The way in which you carry yourself. Swag is made up of your overall confidence, style, and demeanor. Swag can also be expanded to be the reputation of your overall swagger. You gain swag, or "Swag up", by performing swag worthy actions that improve this perception.

         ie. That Dylan kid has got mad swag.
         ie. Dylan's fresh low-cut kicks are swag. (talk) 20:10, 30 April 2012 (UTC)

Not done: Wikipedia is not a dictionary, and there is already a box in the upper right linking to the swag entry at Wiktionary. — Bility (talk) 21:37, 30 April 2012 (UTC)

found source for rap/hip hop definition[edit]

I agree that wikipedia is not a dictionary. However, disambiguation pages distinguish between various uses of the same word - otherwise they should *all* just point to wiktionary. :-) My personal beef with the hip hop definition was the lack of sourcing. Finally found one that is not user-created (as opposed to urban dictionary, etc.) If someone formats that up as a reference then i believe it is worth adding. Tkech (talk) 15:42, 27 June 2012 (UTC)

“Swag” is new term in hip hop culture that is becoming more popular every day. I did found website that highlights the meaning of word “swag” by presenting videos of most hottest hip hop artists who are specially selected for network – Full Episodes, live performance and interviews."This site has all the swag and motivation for you." Find most swagful hip hop artists and discover your swag on — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:59, 25 July 2012 (UTC)

Created: Scientific, Wild-Ass Guess[edit]

Added Scientific, Wild-Ass Guess. IMO, Silly... is a degeneration or disparagement of Scientific WAG. (See references.) My personal experience (which I do not depend on--see references) is that the initial interpretation is Scientific..., that is (as more fully stated in the created article), an estimate that cannot immediately or cost-effectively be made rigorous. (Have some pity: I did take the trouble to create and reference the article! ;) ) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Laguna CA (talkcontribs) 06:01, 21 July 2012 (UTC)

"Swaging" should not be listed here[edit]

That's from "swage", not "swag". The page incorrectly says that "Swag may refer to ... Swaging"; it never does. (talk) 19:21, 10 May 2014 (UTC)

Done. Anthonyhcole (talk · contribs · email) 21:12, 14 May 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 14 May 2014[edit]

manny eli brandon tristan made SWAG, " they made swag@!" Manuelceseros (talk) 21:03, 14 May 2014 (UTC)

Red information icon with gradient background.svg Not done: please provide reliable sources that support the change you want to be made. — {{U|Technical 13}} (tec) 21:31, 14 May 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 9 February 2015[edit]

There are a few things i would like to add that I know of. I know a few more definitions of Swag to add, Thanks. Animalover2247 (talk) 21:30, 9 February 2015 (UTC)

Red question icon with gradient background.svg Not done: it's not clear what changes you want to be made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format. @Animalover2247: You need to indicate specific text you want added, and you'll need to provide reliable sources to support the changes. —C.Fred (talk) 21:36, 9 February 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 27 October 2016[edit]

swag is a move called the dab — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:52, 27 October 2016 (UTC)


I added Swagg, Alabama and Swagg Man because Swagg is a redirect to this page. I also added Swagman.

In addition, I brought entries into line with MOS:DAB by removing piped links and using redirects.

The section heading changes from "As a word", "As a name", and "As an acronym" to "Arts and entertainment", "Slang", "As an acronym", and "Other uses" are my personal preferences and in the spirit of other DABs, but they are not Wikipedia policy. Please feel free to reverse these is you don't share my preference. Cnilep (talk) 01:20, 8 February 2017 (UTC)