There are few things Canadians like more than Jeopardy questions about our homeland: it gives us the opportunity to feel smart and smug as the American gamers on our television screens try to find out who Don Harron was. Now players can get a taste of what it’s like too, thanks to the multiplayer assassination game Between us (opens in new tab)who had the honor of being the subject of a question on a recent episode.
Except Jeopardy, as you may know, reverses the Q&A formula: “Slang adjective for someone you think isn’t what they seem, especially if they’re in the imposter game Among Us” is the answer on the board; the question, provided by competitor Mattea, is “What is ‘sus’?” She doesn’t seem entirely confident in her answer, but of course she’s right.
Interestingly, sus is not a word invented by or for Among Us. How inverse (opens in new tab) explains, the abbreviation for “suspicious” actually goes back to English police jargon in the 1930s in phrases about “sussing something out”, a usage that is still quite common today. The “Sus law” was also used to describe a stop and search law enacted in England in 1824, which – no surprise here – was used to disproportionately target black and brown people. This law was only repealed in 1981, following the Brixton Riot (opens in new tab) In London.
Separately, “sus” has become a regular part of gamers’ vernacular thanks to the phenomenal success of Among Us, a small indie game released in 2018. It took a few years to really explode, but when it did in 2020, it became one of the most played games on Steam (opens in new tab)– walking between titans like CS:GO, Dota 2 and Grand Theft Auto 5 at one point. Its popularity has cooled a bit since then, though it remains in the top 100 on Steam – and that silly little three-letter word has now really taken it to the big time: the sacred Jeopardy board.
Thanks, kotaku (opens in new tab).